It’s a Girl!

its a girl!

Royal Princess is a May Baby

Shortly before midday, the news came through that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a baby girl at 08:34am BST. Seeing that they have already left the hospital, I thought I would put up the new Zodiac Child report for Princess Charlotte and the natal chart of Baby Cambridge for those curious about what astrology has to say about her personality.

My initial thoughts are that she’ll be quite a darling, very bubbly and socially adept, playful and witty, with bags of vivacious charm, but at heart, will also be a homebody, sensitive and and family-oriented. That said, she will also be an excellent communicator and no pushover, if Pluto in the seventh house is anything to go by! More later once I have had a chance to sit with the chart for longer.

Congratulations to the royal couple, and of course, to Prince George, who now has a baby sister to play with.

UPDATE: We now know that the little girl will be called Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – a lovely tribute to her ancestors, including her late grandmother, Princess Diana – so I have updated the Zodiac Child Report accordingly.

May’s Astro-Insights

Gemini astroinsightsIntroduction

After April’s eclipses and shifts in astral gear, May will be all about adjusting to recent changes and trying to find a way to make new plans or systems work smoothly. There’s still likely to be a fair amount of turbulence and the need for revision, especially mid-month when mercury retrogrades, but overall, with a fair few plants in Gemini, the prospect of making progress is pretty promising. Here are my astro-insights for May 2015.

Lunar Phases

FULL MOON IN SCORPIO – 4 May 2015

As the first week of May opens, a dramatic Full Moon in Scorpio on Monday (from the word for Moon+Day) forces us all to confront certain fears, taboo subjects or issues surrounding power. On a personal level, this is a great time to seek out an energy healer, begin psychotherapy, or visit a medical practitioner concerning a hormone or reproductive issue.

This particular Full Moon occurs at 13 degrees Scorpio, which according to the Sabian Oracle, means that:

If things are not working at the moment, you probably need to ‘experiment’, trying different combinations and possibilities. In doing so, you will not only most likely find the solution to the situation, but you will also learn a lot from any errors that are made along the way. Look for creative solutions to the situation facing you. A lot of amazing discoveries can be made simply by having a go at something or creating the right mix of ingredients. As the situation unfolds, you’ll learn clues as to what should be the next thing to do, the tasks that are worth performing or the risks that you are prepared to take. Be prepared to be inventive and make things up as you go along. Sometimes we have to just “go for it” and do what we feel needs to be done without knowing what the outcome is going to be. Take a few calculated risks and along the way you just might discover something unexpected.

Following on from last year’s Scorpio Full Moon (16 May 2014), this particular full moon could bring to a head/to a close any criminal investigations or legal cases concerning rape, abuse or human trafficking. It is also possible that underground buildings or infrastructure such as sewerage pipes and tunnels, may need servicing or repair works done to them. There could also be news about undertakings surrounding mineral prospecting, oil drilling or taxation as well.  In the case of the UK, where British citizens are due to go the polls on 7 May, this could quite literally signal the end of the election campaigning cycle.

In-depth/forensic research assignments, antique restoration and recycling projects are all good activities to try and wrap up now.

NEW MOON IN TAURUS – 18 May 2015

A fresh lunar cycle gets underway midmonth, with a New Moon in earthy Taurus – an exalted position for the Moon. Neither the Sun or Moon will make contact with any other planet during this particular soli-lunar event, giving it a pure and undiluted Taurean energy, so consider the next four weeks or so to be a good period to live life at a slower pace, make time to pamper yourself and where possible, spend time close to nature.

If you’ve been considering a camping break, visiting a nearby beauty spot, going camping or visit a salon or spa, then this is a good moment to do so. It may also be ideal for visiting the bank, seeking the advice of a financial advisor or making plans to purchase shares or invest in property or artwork. When in doubt, don’t take unnecessary risks – Taurus is a cautious and conventional sign, so stick to traditional ways of doing things now and make sure you are covered for all eventualities in terms of insurance. Spread your bets basically. Many economists are predicting a slow-down in the UK economy post-election as investors exercise caution and wait to see what sort of government emerges from what promises to be a close-run affair – what economic policies are espoused is still very much an open question at this point, something that will no doubt affect the decisions of wealthy non-doms and foreign investment companies wondering whether or not it is safe to put their money into the UK or not.

The only thing to bear in mind is that this New Moon will take place close to the fixed star, ALGOL, a symbol of female passion and intensity, which of course, can sometimes be a little scary for others, especially men, to contend with. According to Vivian Robson, this star was thought by the ancient Greeks to represent the head of Medusa and was called Ra’s al Ghul (the Demon’s Head) by Arabic astrologers; Lilith by the Hebrews. As a result, it was associated with misfortune, especially in terms of mob violence/unrest and extreme illness – not exactly a nice prospect! However, it also gives victory over the enemy in war, so hopefully this will mean some progress in the fight against IS in Syria and Iraq.[1]

On a more positive note, the Sabian symbol for this degree (27 degrees Taurus) is AN OLD INDIAN WOMAN SELLING BEADS AND TRINKETS, which Lynda Hill interprets as symbolising:

Older, wiser elements of society making offerings to the younger, less integrated. Small, but worthy products. Adapting to changing conditions, particularly monetary or financial. Working hard for small returns and rewards. Battling against the odds. Selling the products of one’s culture. Artefacts. Jewellery. Handicrafts. Retailing. Supplying the populace with beautiful things. Markets and stalls. Patience. Bartering and bargaining.[2]

Solar Phases

SUN INTO GEMINI – 21 May 2015

The Sun will ingress into curious and restless Gemini at 09h45 BST on the 21st  of May, thereby initiating a fresh month-long cycle in which travel, education, self-expression, the media, transport and politics is likely to loom large. You’re likely to feel an urge to communicate or socialise more, learn something new or want to get out and about more, so be sure to have your air miles card at the ready! That being said, you may want to take into consideration the fact that Mercury is scheduled to retrograde mid-month, so where possible get any trips out of the way before May the 19th. This is an ideal time to invite the neighbours around for lunch/tea, reach out to loved ones via social media or find ways to air your views publicly. Healthy debate, business deals and speeches are all well-starred under this influence.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout the month

Retrogrades & Stations

Mercury retrograde: 19 May – 12 June

Mercury, planet of commerce, communication, self-expression, travel and telecoms, will retrograde in Gemini on May the 19th, suggesting reversals or slow-downs in matters governed by the ‘swift one’. As a result, you’ll want to build in extra time for presentations, business discussions or journeys of any kind because you’re probably going to need it! Also, when it comes to relaying or storing information, be sure to back-up data, double-check that emails/faxes/letters reached their intended destination and give your vehicle a once-over before setting off on a trip because gremlins are likely to creep into the machine…Also, be careful when making public statements or political points because you could be misconstrued. You have been warned…

On a more positive note, if you wish to return to a previous project/issue and revise, correct, update or improve it, this is a good time to do so. Reconnecting with teachers/mentors/friends/colleagues etc. from the past also usually goes well under this influence, so by all means, take a trip down memory lane – it’ll probably be the safest journey you can make right now!

Planetary Ingresses

Mercury into Gemini: 1 May – 19 July 2015

If learning new things, meeting new people or visiting undiscovered places is your bag, then you’re going to love Mercury’s ingress into Gemini this month. Positioned in its own sign, Mercury is likely to encourage all the qualities of Gemini such as intellectual curiosity, social gregariousness and a need for movement and change, so if you love the thrill of the novel or what’s trendy, then this is your time to get out and about.
Networking, communications and activities that allow you to express yourself or hear the opinions or teachings of others are all well-starred now, as is local travel, doing deals, and acquiring new gadgets or forms of transport. This is a period on which people are likely to be witty and extroverted; and the pace of life, exciting, so be sure to keep your mobile phone charged and your inbox open because the opportunities to socialise and be heard are huge. My advice: be prepared for any eventuality. That way, you are tasked with navigating unchartered intellectual (or geographical) territory or invited to a cool and exclusive party – all at a moment’s notice – you’ll be ready to accept the challenge and run with things, putting you at the centre of where it’s at. What a thrilling prospect! Just bear in mind that Mercury will retrograde mid-month until early June, so be prepared to have to redo or renegotiate anything started during this time.

Mars into Gemini: 12 May – 25 June 2015

The desire to seek out novelty, cover fresh ground or discover new ways of doing things will be especially strong between mid-May and late June as Mars sweeps into fidgety and impatient Gemini. Under this influence, you’ll want to wear the latest exercise gear, follow up-to-the minute fitness trends and be drawn to gadgets that you can incorporate into your daily workout or week-end sports-related hobby.

If you’re a journalist, writer or teacher, you’ll also feel the urge to initiate plans, come up with new ideas and spread information. Just be sure that you don’t rush the process and get your facts mixed up, especially when Mercury stations mid-month – otherwise, you could end up looking a bit silly. Although you may be more decisive under this influence, you could also change your mind a lot, so leave yourself some wiggle room when it comes to making social plans, scheduling business meetings or arranging travel bookings.

Venus into Cancer: 7 May – 6 June 2015

Love becomes a much more private, cosy affair as Venus glides into shy, home-loving Cancer. Nestling at home on the sofa, cooking for loved ones and generally chilling out, are all likely to be your default setting after hours during this somewhat more restful period in terms of love, money and creativity. This is a great period in which to spend quality time with family or loved ones, reconnect with best buddies and indulge in familiar activities that make you feel comfortable and nurtured. Meals shared with close friends, lovers or housemates should be especially fun and pleasant now. Cooking classes, home décor and interior magazines are also well-starred under this influence. Emotionally, you may be less inclined to take risks, both creatively and in terms of finances, and seek out people who make you feel appreciated and secure. A great time for new mothers getting to know their babies, as well as an excellent period in which to conceive if you are keen to become a new parent.

Key Aspects

Sun trine Pluto – 6 May

Major power shifts, structural reforms or changes of leadership are all possible under this potent, but positive transit. With the Sun, symbol of leadership and authority set to trine Pluto, symbol of dramatic transformations, reforms and reshuffles, the day before UK voters cast their ballot at the polls on May the 7th, this particular aspect could well play a part in whatever unfolds, both politically and economically, post this rather historic election. Could we be in for a change in terms of who the ruling party is? This aspect does seem to hint at a transfer of power, so watch this space! Certainly, whoever does get into government will have a profound effect on policies concerning banking/finances, property and inheritance tax, if this trine is anything to go by. Look out for my blog on the 2015 UK general election, which should be published sometime this week.

On a personal level, this is a great time to assert yourself professionally, make a bid for a position of leadership, take strides forward in terms of acquiring something for investment purposes or making improvements to your appearance. You have focus, staying power and the ability to withstand pain or opposition now, so don’t be afraid to make a play for what you want now.

Venus trine Neptune – 16 May

Creative pursuits and relationships take on a magical quality today as Venus in caring Cancer moves to trine sensitive Neptune in Pisces. As the planets of love, imagination and fantasy combine their energies in the element of water, matters take on a fluid, almost surreal air. Dreams really can come true under this harmonious transit, so don’t be afraid to show others that you care and lower your guard a little.

Music, photography and film may also serve to inspire you artistically, so if you’re stuck for new ideas, then head for the cinema, turn on the radio or visit the seaside – water will prove especially soothing and inspiring now. The key is to listen to your intuition and follow your heart – combining spirituality and art or love also goes extremely well now.

Venus opposite Pluto, square Uranus – 22-26 May

Over the next few days, you or someone else could be in for a bit of a rude awakening as the planet of love, art and money collides with Pluto and Uranus. You and a family member, agent or lover could well have very different ideas about how you think your art or relationship should be conducted, and this could lead to sudden or unexpected about-turns, confrontations or communication breakdowns. Often, where Uranus is concerned, abrupt endings, exits or break-ups are possible, Melt-downs and tantrums are another possibility at this time, especially if power struggles are involved. Unexpected bills, power outages and accidents around the home are also possibilities now, so be careful with anything electrical or handling anything hot. Essentially, expect things to be volatile around this time, so build in alternative options and avoid scheduling a major exhibition or art show now because things may very well not go as planned.

For more details of what to expect day by day during May, be sure to check out my daily astro-insights on Facebook.

 REFERENCES

[1] Vivian Robson, Fixed Stars & Constellations, p.123

[2] Lynda Hill, 360 degrees of Wisdom: The Sabian Oracle, p. 223

March 2015 Astro-Insights

Aries red cloudsLast month, we began to feel a shift in astral gear, from languid and laidback to full throttle ahead as Mars entered Aries. This spirit of renewal and initiation continues into March as more of the personal planets take their turn to ingress into Aries. Get ready for plenty of action from the get-go, starting with a series of spectacular aspects between the benefics and Uranus in Aries on the 3rd and 4th, bringing about some unexpectedly positive developments, and culminating in a solar eclipse at the spring equinox, which ushers in a brand new six month cycle for our planet. The new astrological year sets everyone off with a bang!

Lunar Phases

FULL MOON IN VIRGO – 5 March 2015

The urge to spring clean your life could loom large at the Virgo Full Moon on the 5th. Coming just a day after a series of remarkable transits between Venus, Jupiter and Uranus, at 18h05 GMT (13h05 EST/20h05 SAST) during which new and rather startling developments could force you to make some important decisions in a very short space of time, this Full Moon could see you letting go of aspects of your life that are no longer working. Reinforcing the theme of catharsis and transition is a trine between the Moon and Pluto, the planet associated with dramatic shifts, purging and elimination. Like a snake shedding its skin, you could find yourself casting off emotionally-driven patterns of behaviour, routines or habits that disempower you, hold you back or make you ill. Surgery is a powerful theme now, as is detoxing and dietary changes. At this time, you’ll feel more confident about letting go of relationships or situations that have had their day than you have in a long time; as well as capable of exercising more discernment about who you give your time and energy to. No bad thing – the more you streamline your life now and face whatever is haunting you psychologically, the more ready you’ll be to welcome in the exciting changes and new developments that arise at the New Moon solar eclipse on March the 20th.

NEW MOON IN PISCES – 20 March 2015 (Solar Eclipse)

On the same day as the Spring Equinox, a solar eclipse in the last degrees of Pisces ushers in a brand new six month cycle for our planet. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is the great stone face (being the projection of an ideal). According to James Burgess, this Sabian Symbol is all about the…

“…externalization of inner aspiration, which subsequently becomes our life goal. More than anything, we desire to realize in actuality the vision we create of the ideal person – who we would at all costs become.”[i]

If the Full Moon on the 5th is about letting go of what is not ideal for you, then this New Moon Solar Eclipse is all about embracing a new way of life and being that allows us to become who we feel we were meant to be. This eclipse comes at an interesting time –at the start of a new lunar cycle and at the Spring Equinox and the beginning of a new astrological year – and at an interesting place in the zodiac – in the last degrees of Pisces, just prior to the Sun’s ingress into Aries. As such, I think it should be interpreted as a sort of sacred space between the ideal (Pisces) and the realised (Aries), between imagination and action. In other words, in terms of energy and themes, I think that we can expect the next six months to be very much about trying to realise ideals, put ideas into action and turn dreams into reality.  Astrologically, there has never been a better time to begin anew. If you aspire to live a more authentic and spiritually attuned life, then use this energy to begin your journey – carpe diem!

For a more in-depth forecast, visit my March-April 2015 eclipse predictions.

[i] Burgess, Full Circle: Commentary on the Work of Dr Marc Edmund Jones as an Introduction to his Understanding Of Sabian Symbols, http://www.jamesburgess.com/

Solar Phases

SUN INTO ARIES – 20 March 2015

This year, the Sun will ingress into action-oriented and independent Aries on the 20th at 22h45 GMT (17h45 EST/00h45 SAST). Marking as it does in the northern hemisphere the Spring Equinox and the start of a brand new astrological year, this is an important seed moment – a time of renewal and vibrancy, of beginnings and of hope, like sunshine after a rainstorm.

Coming as it does in the wake of a solar eclipse in the final degrees of Pisces, this ingress is infused with a spiritual and creative energy that inspires us to realise our individual potential whilst also working towards the greater good, combining self-fulfillment with a spirit of higher intentionality.

Lynda Hill sums up the essence of this degree in her book, 360 degrees of Wisdom: The Sabian Oracle, thus:

“It is time to claim your place or make a mark in this new world. So much potential lies ahead of you. Welcome this new beginning and be fearless in the face of the changes that are coming. Accept the ‘Embrace’ of those who welcome you into this new sphere. It is inevitable that you’ll leave something behind as you move into this new territory. Enjoy the journey and give birth to self-love, self-worth and divine creativity. Let go of the past and emerge into life and love.”

Happy astrological New Year!

Key Planetary Events & Red Letter Transits

Retrogrades & Stations to note

Saturn retrogrades – 15 March

Midmonth, Saturn will station in time for its annual six month long retrograde spell. Between now and early August, you’ll feel less restrictions in terms of judgement from yourself or others if you don’t get things right first time. With the pressure off, you can feel more freedom to experiment, test out your beliefs against everyday experience and expand your knowledge base, especially when it comes to travel, philosophy, religion and the law. Learning from well-respected teachers, gurus or perhaps through books about other cultures, philosophies or religions are all good ways to open your mind and explore new intellectual horizons.

The only thing you’ll want to watch out for is Saturn’s re-entry into Scorpio in mid-June, signalling a 3 month period lasting until 1 October when you may need to tie up a few loose ends left over from the last two years. For a recap of what this could mean for you, visit my January 2015 Skylights page and navigate to ‘Saturn back into Sagittarius’.

Key Planetary Ingresses

Mercury into Pisces – 13-30 March

A month after Mercury ended its first retrograde spell, the planet of learning, communicating, travelling, politics and commerce re-enters Pisces on March the 13th.  Traditionally, Mercury is not very happy in this sign, mainly because logical thought and the ability to transmit ideas relies on precision, structure and clarity – qualities that subtle but nebulous Pisces is not renowned for. Still, this could be a creative time when your ability to tune into other ways of thinking and other forms of consciousness comes much easier. Meditation, philosophical contemplation and cultivating an active imagination are all possible expressions of Mercury in Pisces. If you are easily confused or have a problem with boundaries, then you may want to take extra time and care in preparing your accounts, or any company contracts or memos because it’ll be easy to get muddled up now. Ideally, save tasks such as editing, reviewing or critiques until April when Mercury’s ingress into Aries should help to sharpen up your mental faculties again.

Venus into Taurus – 17 March-11 April

After her early celebrations with Jupiter and Uranus, Venus will settle down into a more stable and more established routine when she glides into earthy Taurus on the 17th.  Traditionally, Venus is exalted here, no doubt because of the fertility and abundance of this particular sign, which chimes so well with the planet of love’s voluptuous and sensual nature. The next few weeks should be about the pleasure of the senses – taking the time to smell the spring blossoms, eat delicious food in good company and generally enjoy the return of nature’s beauty and lush bounty to our immediate surroundings. If you enjoyed some passionate encounters or creative peaks when Venus was in Aries, then this could be a time when you consolidate your gains and assess what your next month should be.

Preparing for the next Venus-Jupiter encounter is one way to do so – after her encounter with Jupiter in early March, she will reunite with her fellow benefic in late April when she ingresses into Gemini– a golden period you’ll want to take advantage of, especially if you are in the media, communications, education, travel or fashion business. For a recap of key Venus-Jupiter transits during 2015, visit my 2015 Skylights page.

Key Aspects

Below are some astrological highlights you won’t want to miss during March.  

3-4 March – Jupiter trine Uranus conjunct Venus

If you thought the Venus-Mars conjunction last week-end was exciting, you’ll want to think again. Over the next two days, the two benefics team up with unpredictable and dynamic Uranus in Aries to rock your world – in a big way! Get ready for change – possibly of the unexpected, but certainly of the positive kind. If you’ve been hankering for adventure or been keen to expand your creative or romantic horizons, then consider this a golden opportunity to live a more authentic life, find a stimulating and thrilling partner to share your life with,  or alternatively, carve out more space and autonomy for yourself within existing relationships.

If you want to make a difference in the world, then you could find doors suddenly opening for you around this time. One thing you will not tolerate at this time is restriction of any kind, whether this be social rules or traditional conventions.  The words ‘no’, ‘can’t’ or ‘impossible’ are not likely to be part of your vocabulary now, and anyone who uses them is likely to find themselves politely dismissed or ignored – and rightly so! Belief in miracles is essential if they are to happen, and right now, anything is possible. The sky’s the limit, so don’t be afraid to reach for the stars!

10 March – Mars trine Jupiter

The good vibes continue well into March as Mars, planet of action, motivation and physical vitality moves to trine jovial Jupiter.  If you’ve been feeling a bit lacklustre, bored or generally lacking in confidence of late, then get ready for a turbo-charged boost of motivation, verve and joie de vivre! This auspicious aspect is likely to give you back your mojo. Under this transit, you could rekindle a passion for learning, philosophy or travelling, regain your health or rediscover your sense of fun and playfulness.  Most importantly, you’ll have the energy and enthusiasm necessary to achieve some major milestones politically or socially. This could be a real high point in terms of your social, religious, educational or cultural life. Get ready to shine!

17 March – Uranus square Pluto

With any highs also come lows and sadly, today we reach another chapter in the story that is Uranus-Pluto as these two planetary heavyweights prepare to do battle once again after wreaking havoc with a spate of brutal beheadings and fatal road and aviation accidents between mid-November and early January. Once again, we are asked to confront the growing gap between the haves and have-nots in society, between the idealism and rebellion of youth and the cynicism and conservativism of old age, and between the violence of revolution and the tyranny of those who want to hold onto power.

As I have watched this aspect surface again and again in relation to violent events such as wars, riots and terrorism, I am struck by the recurring themes of social alienation and injustice that seems to have become an anthem for our times. As the economic and political chasm widens between those in a position of power and privilege, on one hand; and the masses, on the other, many of whom are feeling increasingly exploited and disenfranchised by what they perceive to be a social and economic system that is firmly rigged in favour of the wealthy few, I think that the potential for civil unrest will continue to grow.  Sadly, then I expect this aspect to coincide with fresh headlines about brutality in Syria and Iraq, war in Ukraine, and riots and mass killings, especially in those countries affected by the Arab Spring.

On a more personal note, the next few weeks could bring up the shadow side of change, whether this be via dramatic circumstances that force change upon you, or through encountering people who are angry, disruptive or oppressively controlling. Such encounters are most likely to occur if you keep resisting change, even though you know it needs to happen, or are somehow trying to hold other people back, perhaps because you are afraid of losing them. If so, then things could reach a climax of sorts now, perhaps via an emergency or urgent crisis that demands your full attention. My advice: however painful or dire things may seem, try not to hold on or resist what is happening – it’ll only make matters worse. Acceptance and adaptation are the two qualities you’ll need to survive now, so cultivate them and then let go. The sooner you face up to what needs to happen, the sooner you can make the transition into a new, more authentic way of being that will ultimately benefit everyone.

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February 2015 Astro-Insights

cupid with stars and trails and clouds

Although February gets off to a slow start, things should pick up towards the second half of the month. Initially, though, Mercury will be retrograde until the 12th which, together with Neptune, may be fogging up your perceptions.  That’s not to say that there won’t be some upbeat days to look forward to, including the Leo Full Moon on the 3rd and a handful of important Venus contacts on the 8th and 24th. Read on to get your cosmic guide to Valentine’s month.

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Lunar Phases

FULL MOON IN LEO – 03 February 2015

Dramatic events and larger than life emotional reactions are all possible at the Leo Full Moon. Taking place at 23h09 GMT (18h09 EST/01h09 SAST) in the flamboyant sign of Leo, this particular phase of the annual lunar cycle coincides with a Moon-Jupiter conjunction. As a result, everything is likely to be amplified – both positive and negative reactions to situations. Try to avoid anything OTT – hysteria and hyperbole will not get you the reception or support you desire. Instead, be benevolent, humble and gracious in your outlook and actions, focus your emotions on attracting abundance and be tolerant of others. If anything needs to end, try to let go gracefully rather than make a scene. With generous Jupiter in the mix, it seems likely that past kindnesses may be repaid now – as the saying, goes, bread thrown on the water of life often comes back threefold – and 3 is Jupiter’s number!

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS – 18 February 2015

Midmonth, we’re due to for a reprise of January’s New Moon in Aquarius. Think of this as a chance to have another shot at activities that allow you to help others or live a more authentic life. This New Moon, which takes place at 23h47 GMT in the last degree of Aquarius, is likely to be a powerful affair – the first and last degrees of any sign were considered especially potent by ancient astrologers. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “Moon-lit fields, once Babylon, are blooming white”. Make of that what you will! This symbol also rules the tendons in the lower leg, so if you have ankle trouble, then it may be time to get it sorted out.

This soli-lunar conjunction also fall son the Part of Brethren, which suggests a link to siblings. On a wider scale, given the link to Aquarius, this may also point to the ‘brotherhood of man’. It may be therefore be important for you to locate yourself within a wider context now – whether this be humanity as a whole or a particular social or political movement. On a more personal level, it’s possible that over the next month or so, you’ll feel driven to find a place where you feel you belong, whether this be a circle of friends or a group of people with similar interests, or a charitable institution that can either help you get back on your feet or where you feel you can make an important contribution. The key is to find somewhere you fit in, rather than just reject your current circumstances and be a rebel without a cause. If you’re a square peg, then find a square hole to fit into – don’t keep trying to make the round hole into a square, or vice versa.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO PISCES – 18 February 2015

This year, the Sun will ingress into sensitive and compassionate Pisces on the 18th at 23h50 GMT. Taking place just after the New Moon in Aquarius, this is a time of shape-shifting and liminality – both the Sun and Moon will shift from Aquarius to Pisces, from air to water in a matter of minutes!

This creates an atmosphere in which ideas and emotions, thoughts and feelings can combine seamlessly, making it ideal for meditation and visualisation sessions. Going forward, this ingress marks the beginning of a four-week period in which it is good to focus on creativity, spirituality, music, photography and film. Personal initiatives or goals that involve spas, cleanses, or anything related to large bodies of water are also well-starred now. Perhaps a trip to the lakes or a cruise is in order? Watch your reaction to drugs or medication, especially on the 26th when the Sun conjuncts Neptune. Relationships are also likely to be on your mind until the 20th whilst Venus is in Pisces. If you want to renegotiate a creative or romantic partnership, try to do so while Venus is in an exalted position and people are willing to compromise.

Key Planetary Events & Red Letter Transits

Retrogrades & Stations to note

Mercury Stations – 12 February

On the 12th, Mercury will station in the first degree of Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol for this is: ‘An unexpected thunderstorm.’ Perhaps the weather may indeed cause disruption today, either through flooding or electrical problems as a final hoorah for the planet most associated with mischief and trickery. At any rate, the good news is that the recent problems with travel and spate of hacking and scamming should begin to subside. Hopefully we should also see fewer incidents of mechanical failure in the aviation industry – these last few months have not been great for airline companies! If your concentration has been poor, or your perception faulty, then things should begin to improve now. Certainly by the time Mercury sextiles Saturn on the 19th, we should all be back on track as far as communications, teaching and travelling is concerned.

For a summary of Mercury retrograde dates during 2015, visit my 2015 Skylights page.

Key Planetary Ingresses

Mars into Aries: 20 February

Things begin to hot up in the last week of February, thanks to the ingress of fiery Mars into its own sign. This may bring about a welcome change of pace for those frustrated by the recent slowdown effected by Mercury and Neptune. If you’ve felt tired, apathetic or lacklustre of late, then this ingress could well bring the boost of rocket fuel you need to get back into the gym, or catch up with work backlogs. Healthwise, things should improve markedly now – thanks to Mars, you’ll probably feel much more vital and energetic than you have in a while.  Just try not to be overly aggressive or competitive over the next few weeks, especially if you’ve been enjoying a period of cooperation with colleagues or loved ones. An excellent day to power through a packed schedule or attack some particularly challenging tasks is the 25th when Mars trines Saturn. Overcoming obstacles will be a breeze on this day, so be sure to mark it in the diary if you need to be especially productive towards month-end.

Venus into Aries: 20 February

A few hours after Mars, Venus is also due to ingress into passionate Aries, suggesting a burst of ardour or desire on the 20th, fuelled further by a Venus-Moon conjunction at 23h30 GMT. If there is someone or something that you’ve been lusting after, perhaps someone you sent a Valentine’s day card or gift to, then it seems likely that today your patience will run out and you will go for the kill, so to speak. Whether it’s a new handbag or a beau, you’re not likely to beat around the bush or be shy in coming forward now – anything you desire will be ardently pursued and you’ll be much more spontaneous and assertive when it comes to love and sex. Conversely, although you may initiate relationships, you may also seek more autonomy and independence within existing associations. Try not to be too aggressive in terms of pushing forward your needs or opinions, which could alienate you from others; and watch the bank balance because over the next few weeks, you’re more likely to act first and think later. Don’t live to regret it! Instead, use this energy to be a cheerleader or spokesperson for loved ones who are more shy about coming forward or are in need of an ego boost.

Key Aspects

Below are some astrological highlights you won’t want to miss during February.  

19 Feb – Mercury sextile Saturn

If you want to turn plans into action, get taken more seriously or enjoy sustained powers of concentration, then today is your day. Mercury in problem-solving, technical Aquarius will team up with Saturn in enthusiastic and philosophical Sagittarius, making it easy to grasp difficult concepts and structure your thoughts logically. Your understanding of complicated subjects will be second to none now, making it excellent for lecturing, teaching or studying. You’ll easily be able to put things into context, develop systems and explain things succinctly but in an interesting or novel way, so if you plan to make a speech, publish a written piece or do a presentation, then this is your day.

24 Feb – Venus trine Saturn

Romantic commitments and sustained creativity are just two of the possible outcomes of today’s Venus-Saturn trine. The combination of passion/enthusiasm and steadiness means that you’ll be able to enjoy a period of relative stability within relationships. Partners will be much more reliable than usual and if someone says they will do something, you can be pretty sure they will keep their promise now. Creatively, this is likely to be a day when you are easily able to convert inspiration into solid ideas or objects so don’t waste any time in seizing the moment, especially if your ability to do so has been elusive recently. This is also a good time to impress potential mentors and find the right investor or business partner for a pet project. Social occasions or marketing presentations should also go off smoothly today.

26 Feb – Mars trine Saturn

If your motivation or confidence has been lacking recently, especially when it comes to problem-shooting, exercise or strategizing for the future, then today is your day. Energetic Mars and stable Saturn combine favourably to give you the determination, concentration, willpower and confidence to overcome obstacles of all kinds. Whatever your normal modus operandi, today you will have added self-control, allowing you to pace yourself energetically and go about accomplishing tasks calmly and consistently. Structure and discipline will not seem oppressive now – if anything they will help you to thrive.

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Astro-Insights January 2015 – ‘Skylights’ for 2015

Moon and fireworks 2

Introduction

2015 is likely to be quite an eventful year.

Around the Spring Equinox, a solar eclipse in Pisces, topped by another pass of the Uranus-Pluto square, begins a fresh cycle in which humanity is challenged to evolve and let go of illusions, escapism and fantasy thinking, and accept responsibility for our current position, as well as the state of the planet, especially our oceans. With Uranus and Pluto getting in on the action, you can expect themes from April and December 2014 to resurface, including: the growing generation gap, the resurgence of the civil rights movement, acts of terrorism motivated by ideological extremism, the role of social media in driving collective change, and the relationship between technology and power.

With Saturn now in philosophical Sagittarius, and Jupiter due to ingress into hard-working, details-oriented Virgo in early August, it seems probable that this may also be a year in which we will have to learn to navigate the difficult business of how to live in the real world whilst also trying to stay true to our personal philosophies and spiritual beliefs. This challenge is likely to peak in early August when Jupiter squares Saturn – an event that only occurs once every 20 years or so.

Puritanism, perfectionism and the struggle to believe in, or channel your creative talents and psychic abilities are also set to become important in mid-September when a solar eclipse in Virgo coincides with a Jupiter-Neptune opposition. Opportunities to find a balance between healthy conscientiousness and obsessive-compulsive tendencies should abound between now and November. Attitudes to health and diet could also be an area that needs an overhaul, especially if your beliefs, attitudes or mental state are having an effect on  your wellbeing. Ethical food production and fad diets are two expressions of this energy.

Still, there is plenty to be optimistic about. We will have more than our share of upbeat and fortunate aspects this year, including a number of contacts between expansive, generous Jupiter and vampy diva Venus – great for love, socialising and creative pursuits – which I have listed below.

To find out more about what to expect from 2015, read on…

Lunar Phases

FULL MOON IN CANCER – 05 Jan 2015

The first lunar event in 2015 will be a Full Moon in Cancer on January the 5th. Taking place at just before 05h00 GMT, and in that portion of the zodiac where the Moon was thought to naturally feel ‘at home,’ this is likely to be a fairly powerful occasion, especially when it comes to family, children, motherhood, food and home-related matters.

With a cardinal grand cross active between the Sun, Moon, Pluto, Uranus and the nodal axis, this is likely to be quite a tense and emotional time. The urge to make drastic changes within relationships, or reform laws or rules to better reflect the make-up of today’s society, is likely to be strong now. However, try not to throw the baby out with the bath water or overreact.

Certain unresolved issues left over from April or December 2014, perhaps with links to events that occurred around August 2010, could now come to a head. As with any full moon, this is a time of endings and natural climaxes, of finishing things off and letting go of unhealthy habits or debilitating emotions, so if you have anything to resolve or get off your chest, this is the time to do so. It’s a new year, so why not try and clear the slate so that you too can start afresh when the New Moon rolls around on the 20th.

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS – 20 Jan 2015

On the same day that the Sun ingresses into Aquarius, a New Moon in the same sign at 13h15 GMT begins a fresh cycle for us all. In many ways, this will also feel like the true start to the year.

Generally speaking, this is a great time to initiate new group-related projects, plans aimed at furthering humanitarian or charitable causes, or initiatives that inspire others via the medium of technology.  Just by having the courage to express yourself or your social views in an authentic and affirmative way, you could also liberate yourself in some unspoken way, as well as inspire others to follow your lead.

Unlike the Full Moon in Cancer, which may bring with it aftershocks from December’s atrocities, this lunation is blessed by a friendly sextile between the Sun & Moon in Aquarius, and Saturn in Sagittarius. This will encourage us to spend the next month focusing on how to successfully balance fulfilling your personal needs with your obligations to others. For women in particular, it is not always easy to find a way to fulfil all the caretaking roles and domestic duties generally expected of them, whilst still making their mark in the world, or being taken seriously by society. With the positive, stabilising energy provided by this new moon, this is a great time to give it your best shot.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO AQUARIUS – 20 Jan 2015

On the same day as the New Moon, the Sun will ingress into quirky and idealistic Aquarius, making the next four weeks or so an excellent time for directing your energies towards living a more authentic life, furthering a good cause or making your mark as an individual on the creative or scientific front. Technology, indie art, subcultures and anything quirky or unusual come under the spotlight now as people dare to be different.

This is a period during which we can expect group-oriented activities and social reform to take centre stage, along with technological developments, scientific inventions, social breakthroughs and the emergence of new artistic or popular trends.

Key Planetary Events & Red Letter Transits during 2015

Retrogrades & Stations to note

Mercury Retrograde

This year, Mercury will have more than its fair share of retrograde spells, which could result in higher than average incidents of travel disruptions, accidents, information leaks, IT network crashes or telecoms failures, people being misquoted in the media, and relationship or political rows brought on by misunderstandings.

2015 Dates for Mercury Retrograde:

Mercury in Aquarius: 21 January – 11 February 2015

Mercury in Gemini: 19 May – 12 June 2015

Mercury in Libra: 17 September – 10 October 2015

Venus Retrograde

Venus, the planet of love, money and beauty, will also retrograde this year, starting on the 25th of July. Although this could put the brakes on existing romances, or force a rethink of certain love matches, creative endeavours or financial commitments, it could also potentially bring separated lovers back together again. Reconciliations and reunions are a distinct possibility between the end of July and early September, especially around the time of the highly auspicious Venus-Jupiter conjunction on the 6th of August – great for rekindling old flames and reforming previously successful creative collaborations.

Dates for Venus Retrograde:

25 July – 6 September 2015

Key Planetary Ingresses

Jupiter into Virgo: 11 August

After a nearly 12 month stay in languid, luxury-loving Leo, Jupiter is due to ingress into practical but perfectionist Virgo during the second week of August. Unlike some of the other neighbouring astrological signs, the differences between these two zodiac constellations are pretty stark, so this could come as something of a shock, especially if you were enjoying all the flamboyant, baroque-style energy of Jupiter in Leo.

Taking place within three days of the New Moon, and under the cloud of an impending opposition to Neptune in Pisces, this is likely to be a highly charged time on a number of levels, with many of us feeling the limitations of being human all too keenly.

Virgo-Pisces as a combination tends to bring out our desire for purity and precision, as well as a need to strive for, or live up to, the most lofty of ideals – a tendency that is likely to be exacerbated by Jupiter, which tends to encourage grandiosity, as well as a certain measure of religious zeal or morality

Consequently, you may find yourself becoming more than a little neurotic as your imperfections become magnified by your inability to measure up to what are essentially unattainable yardsticks. Try not to get too obsessed with perfection or bogged down by little details, or you’ll never achieve anything, especially in the days around the Jupiter-Neptune opposition on the 17th of September.

Overall, though, under this transit, we are all likely to become more conscious of our health, as well as develop a strong desire to be of service in some way. Unlike Jupiter in Leo, this transit is not about ego but rather about being the best you can be for the benefit of the greater good. Take care of the details under this transit, and everything else will fall into place.

Saturn back into Sagittarius: 18 September

After beginning the year on an upbeat and hopeful note, Saturn turns retrograde during the second week of March. This will see it retrace its steps back through the early degrees of Sagittarius until it re-enters Scorpio in mid-June, where it will remain until mid-September. During this period, we can expect a brief resurgence in themes that became commonplace during Saturn’s tour of the most secretive of water signs: sex or abuse scandals, corruption allegations, corporate dirty dealings, violent murders, cruelty to animals/children and behind-the-scenes skulduggery in the corridors of power.  It’s possible that this period will provide some closure for the innocent victims of these crimes.

However, by the autumn, Saturn will ingress back into expansive and tolerant Sagittarius, placing the focus firmly back on legal matters, higher education, religion, cultural exchanges, morality and ethics. During the next year or so, we are likely to continue to question our core religious beliefs, social norms and current laws in greater depth. Whereas before we may have been happy to live with a certain level of mystery in the past, now we may begin to query everything and ask what it all means ultimately. For a recap of what Saturn in Sagittarius is all about, re-visit my December 2014 Astro-Insights page.

Key Aspects

Below is a list of astrological highlights you won’t want to miss during 2015.  

FEELGOOD, FORTUNATE DATES TO TAKE NOTE OF:

 9 Apr 2015 – Jupiter Direct. Personal projects progress, everything flows, bosses are magnanimous

3 Mar, 22 Jun 2015 – Jupiter trine Uranus. Exciting expansion plans, leaps forward in technology, breakthroughs

11 Aug 2015 – Jupiter into Virgo. See above

11 Oct 2015 – Jupiter trine Pluto. Big changes, major shifts, altered beliefs, dramatic inspiration

 JUPITER-VENUS CONTACTS

Throughout 2015, Jupiter will also be making some feelgood contacts with Venus, goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and creativity, which should create plenty of opportunities for romance, fun and opportunities to express yourself artistically. Mark down the following dates in your calendar  – as well as marking out times when you can enjoy social popularity and good fortune, they are also great for business meetings, especially if you want to impress.

Venus-Jupiter Dates To Mark In Your Diary:

4 March 2015 – Venus in Aries trine Jupiter in Leo (Venus will also be conjunct Uranus, making this a time of exciting surprises)

22 April 2015 – Venus in Gemini sextile Jupiter in Leo

01 Jul, 04 Aug, 25 Oct 2015 – Venus conjunct Jupiter in Leo

24 Dec 2015 – Venus in Scorpio sextile Jupiter in Virgo

Happy New Year!

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December’s Astro-Insights

 Your Guide to the Astrological Weather for December 2014…

Christmas bauble Mashup

December is about celebration and closure as we head towards the end of 2014; and the beginning of 2015. To get the low down on what to expect from the cosmic weather this month, read on…

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – 22 Nov 2014

The Moon joins the Sun as it ingresses into Sagittarius on the 22nd at 12h32 GMT. Generally speaking, this is a good time to begin new initiatives with regard to foreign travel, further education, philosophy, religion and the law. Saturn will conjunct this New Moon, which will add a more serious overtone to proceedings. The urge to make concrete plans and trust that people will keep their promises now is likely to be fairly strong. Emotionally, you will be attracted to ideas and plans that are solid, practical and make sense, rather than airy fair notions. However, with Mercury also in the mix, it’s possible that you may have trouble focusing or following through, especially given that Jupiter will be square to the planet of intellect and communication at the time of the New Moon. The key will be to try and strike a balance between good intentions and the ability to follow through, avoid grandiose plans or schemes, and avoid exaggerating about your abilities or position because it’s very likely you’ll be asked to put your money where your mouth is in the next month or so.

FULL MOON IN GEMINI – 06 Dec 2014

During December’s first week, we can look forward to a Full Moon in curious and communicative Gemini. As the polar opposite sign to Sagittarius, the area of the zodiac where many planets are located at this time of year, Gemini helps to keep attitudes to learning and communication light, youthful and open. Gemini reminds us that we can sometimes get stuck in attitudes and beliefs that can masquerade as fact, and that it is always good to update our knowledge and views to stay in touch with the times. As an air sign, Gemini prefers emotional detachment, lightheartedness and opportunities to meet, move about and talk to fresh faces. However, over a prolonged period, this can  lead to superficiality, scatteredness and a lack of structure. With the Moon waxing to full here, it is possible that you may wish to change tack if this has become the case. A short trip, political campaign or course could come to an end around now. An article or blog post that you have been working on may also get published around about this time.

NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN – 22 Dec 2014

A day after the Sun ingresses into Capricorn, the Moon follows suit, leading to a Sun-Moon conjunction at 01h36 GMT/UT that presages the start of a brand new lunar cycle – just in time for the New Year! For the next month, you may want to try and be more organised in terms of domestic routines and arrangements – you’ll gain an enormous amount of satisfaction, as well as a sense of security, if your life is structured, and you are making progress in terms of achieving your goals now than if you just ‘freestyle’ and leave things to chance. This is likely to be a period where work is favoured over play, so don’t be surprised if you or loved ones come across as a tad remote, distant or unavailable. Life may present you with lessons or situations in you are forced to act like the grown-up or alternatively, take a step back from certain emotional dramas for the sake of self-preservation. The message then, is to toughen up and get stuck into all those jobs and errands you may have been avoiding over the last few months. The sooner you tackle these, the sooner they will no longer block your progress.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO CAPRICORN – 21 Dec 2014

This year, the winter solstice will take place at 23h03 GMT/UT on December the 21st. This marks the shortest day and officially, is the halfway point between winter and spring. Despite the fact that January and February are often a lot colder than November and December in the northern hemisphere, from the perspective of day versus night, light versus dark, this is the point at which we celebration the gradual return of the sun as it begins to rise in declination, climbing higher and higher in the sky as the days go by and bringing back the light and (eventually) heat that we earthly creatures all crave so much. The Sun’s ingress into the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn will shift our focus towards the responsibilities, problems and obstacles we are likely to face in the New Year, and encourage us to come up with a strategy for how to manage, deal or overcome these. Serious, hardworking and ambitious, Capricorn brings status and worldly position to those willing to shoulder burdens, take responsibility and not shy away from a challenge. As a result, this is likely to be a month during which you are brought face to face with certain troublesome issues or niggly chores so that you can finally lay them to rest and start 2015 with a clean slate. On a more positive note, you may also be given more responsibility in the form of a promotion at work, or via election to public office, so it’s not all doom and gloom where Capricorn is concerned! The upshot: the more you are prepared to own up to anything that has your name on, it, the more credit you’ll get in the public arena.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout December 2014

RETROGRADES, STATIONS, INGRESSES etc.

Uranus Direct: 21-22 December

There’s a lot going on at the winter solstice this year! Not only so the Sun and Moon ingress into Capricorn around this time, signalling the arrival of the New Moon, but Uranus, planet of change and innovation, is due to change direction. This is likely to mean that there will be plenty of opportunities to make adjustments, reforms and even radical shifts, starting from the 21st. This blast of cardinal energy will encourage people to be independent and self-sufficient when it comes to personal decisions. It also challenges people to take the initiative and find a way to be as inclusive of the viewpoints and needs of different age groups as possible. The old and new guard could clash (again!) otherwise. Overall, if you want to start 2015 coming from a more authentic and truthful place, then Uranus will be on hand to give you the courage to do so. Any setbacks, delays or disruptions to the manufacturing or launch of tech innovations, electrical components or magnetic frequency processes will finally disappear.

Jupiter Retrograde: 9 Dec 2014 – 6 Mar 2015

This month, the great benefic, Jupiter, will begin its annual retrograde spell in the constellation of Leo. Although this is likely to dissipate its expansive and fortunate energy somewhat, it will also be retracing its steps through the degrees of the zodiac that it passed through since its ingress into the sign of the lion in July 2014. For those with a prominent Sun, or important natal placements in this area of the zodiac, it is likely to mean a second chance to make an impact, find fame or simply shine in our chosen field or activity, so all is not lost!

However, in line with David Cameron’s recent predictions about the world economy, I do believe that this will lead to a global financial slowdown, as optimism from the first flush of a global economic recovery begins to wane. It is therefore not a great idea to spend too extravagantly or take big investments risks, especially if you are a luxury brand, a celebrity, country leader or entertainment mogul. This is especially likely to be the case in early February 2015 when the Sun, earth and Jupiter line up for an opposition. This marks the closest point to Earth that Jupiter will reach until June 2019, so promises to be quite important from an astrological point of view. Set ego’s aside and work for the greater good now, and you will reap the benefits of this somewhat muted no less potent energy. Still, on the positive side, it will probably mean more of those wonderful Jupiter trines that we enjoyed so much during 2014, starting with a Sun-Jupiter trine on Dec 14, so hang in there – all is not lost! You just need to focus on making the most of what you already have, or trying to resurrect past/existing projects rather than start new ventures.

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Mars into Aquarius: 4 Dec – 12 Jan 2015

Mars end sits stay in ambitious Capricorn on the 3rd, ingressing into progressive and innovative Aquarius on the 4th. This is will result in a shift of focus and energy away from climbing the corporate ladder or winning influential allies, towards humanitarian pursuits and joining groups of like-minded individuals. You’re likely to feel less of a need to conform, and more of a drive towards being more yourself, warts and all. Living a more authentic life and expressing your unique skills and talents is likely to be a big draw now. You’re also motivated to be more innovative when it comes to sports, and embrace technology or science in the pursuit of health and fitness. Sex could get a little kinky now, so if you’re single, then embrace your wilder side!

Saturn into Sagittarius: 23 Dec 2014 – 22 Dec 2015 

Towards the end of this month, Saturn, the planet of structure, duty and karma, enters optimistic and adventurous Sagittarius where it will remain for the next year or so. This is going to be quite a shift from brooding and harsh Scorpio! Get ready to make more of your spare time, travel for work and perhaps incorporate your beliefs and core values into the way you do business. This is going to be a much more upbeat and less intense transit than the last one, something that is likely to make many of you breathe a sigh of relief. 

However, whenever Saturn is involved in something, we can expect some degree of restriction, contraction or formalisation to occur, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself undergoing a bit of a spring clean with regards to your religious beliefs, cultural traditions and philosophical ideals, especially if they no longer seem relevant to you in practice/real life. Saturn is not interested in maybe’s or possibilities but in facts and actual experiences, so if certain paradigms don’t live up to expectation when put to the test, then they are likely to be cast out.  Cautious optimism, careful expansion and calculated risks are all likely to characterise this 12-month period.

Venus into Capricorn: 10 Dec – 3 Jan 2015

This month, Venus is due to ingress into serious Capricorn, which is likely to result in a somewhat more muted approach to love and romance. Potential suitors could come over all introverted, cautious and shy – or you could find yourself suddenly becoming a little reticent about coming forward when others make approaches. Any kind of romantic courtship is also more likely to follow tradition or convention now, so be prepared to take things slow and act like a lady or gentleman. Also, the old adage about love and money may now become very appropriate – you’re more likely to find someone attractive if they are of good moral and social standing, wealthy or have status in some way. Learning to be more emotionally or financially self-sufficient and able to enjoy your own company may be another lesson of this period, as will be concentrating on what really matters when it comes to relationships. This is not a period for hedonism and casual affairs, but rather a time when qualities such as commitment, loyalty, dependability, pragmatism and economic stability are likely to become important.

Creatively and artistically, this is a period when pragmatism and material success will play an important role in determining the type of objects/paintings or photographs you produce. Art for its own sake is wonderful, but even artists need to eat, so being a little commercially savvy and doing limited edition runs of prints or affordable items for the mass market is not a bad way to subsidise your more esoteric artistic pursuits now. Aesthetically, minimalism is likely to make a comeback, as is a preference for muted colours in earth tones, especially the grey palette.

Mercury into Capricorn: 17 Dec – 5 Jan 2015

Mid-month, Mercury will follow Venus’ example and ingress into sensible, old-fashioned Capricorn. This is likely to result in a period when people will talk less and listen more, so be economical in your speech and careful about what you say now, especially if you want to make an impression. At this time, people will really value your opinion as you will exude a wise and sagelike air, so take your role as adviser seriously and only comment on topics in which you have some expertise or can speak with some authority. Being circumspect and careful in terms of your thinking and style of self-expression will only add to your credibility  – you’ll be seen as someone knowledgeable and experienced – both excellent qualities to exude if you want to win public trust or the admiration of bosses or co-workers.

This is not the time to take risks on new concepts or ideas – instead, stick to what you know and leave the risk-taking until the spring. The same approach to money will help you avoid any potential losses or investment pitfalls. Instead, opt for safer methods of growing your best egg, even if the returns are not as large – safe and secure is no bad thing right now. Putting your intellectual faculties to practical or serious use, such as planning your next move with regards to achieving key personal or career goals in the new year, is a great way to use this energy. If you do have to travel, make contingency plans  – carry a book and make sure you have the contact details of potential hotels – in case of potential delays or cancellations. That way, you won’t be disappointed or frustrated if things end up taking longer than you anticipated.

KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

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November’s Astro-Insights

 Your Guide to the Astrological Weather for November 2014…

Driving on an empty road towards the moon

November is as much about consolidation and fine-tuning as it is about taking steps to refine or reform key life structures, routines and relationships. With plenty of planets passing through the sign of Scorpio, a theme likely to be prevalent all month is that of power and its use or abuse. To get the low down on what to expect from the cosmic weather, read on…

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON (SOLAR ECLIPSE) IN SCORPIO – 23 Oct 2014

Last month, we began a brand new six month cycle care of the New Moon solar eclipse, which coincided with the Sun’s ingress into Scorpio. As I wrote last month, this event also involved Venus and Mercury, making it likely that self-expression and assertiveness within relationships, as well as inter-personal communication styles, may prove to be key over the next half-year period. Inherited or borrowed money, as well as intimacy and shared resources are also possible themes that may be highlighted between now and April 2015.

For a recap of what I wrote about this soli-lunar event last month, visit my October Astro-Insights page.

I will also shortly be posting a mundane eclipse forecast for the latest eclipse series, so look out for it in the next week or so.

FULL MOON IN TAURUS – 06 Nov 2014

As a follow-up to last month’s Scorpio New Moon, we can expect a Full Moon in earthy Taurus on the 6th at 22h23 GMT. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, making it a very powerful and beneficial time. Take stock where money and possessions are concerned and ask yourself whether you are happy with certain routines or your diet. If not, it may be time to let go of excess baggage, whether this be a few pounds or some bad spending habits.

With Venus orbiting close to the Sun at the time, it seems likely that this particular Full Moon will highlight any outstanding financial issues within relationships that need resolving, such as bank loans, property mortgages, alimony, divorce settlements, investments, joint bank accounts or inheritances.

Relationships are definitely likely to be a flash point now. Getting the balance right in terms of the give and take within personal relationships often means facing up to underlying power imbalances, which can be emotionally awkward. But with Pluto sextiling the Sun, face up to them you must. If someone close to you has been using you or failing to pay their way, the time has come to discuss a different arrangement or draw a line in the sand.

Although you could experience inner conflict between fulfilling your needs and those of other people at this time, it is important to find a way through problems. Although challenging, it will help to develop greater understanding and improve dynamics long term. Healing and transformation are all possible now, provided neither party remains in denial.

NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – 22 Nov 2014

The Moon joins the Sun as it ingresses into Sagittarius on the 22nd at 12h32 GMT. Generally speaking, this is a good time to begin new initiatives with regard to foreign travel, further education, philosophy, religion and the law.

Saturn will conjunct this New Moon, which will add a more serious overtone to proceedings. The urge to make concrete plans and trust that people will keep their promises now is likely to be fairly strong. Emotionally, you will be attracted to ideas and plans that are solid, practical and make sense, rather than airy fair notions.

However, with Mercury also in the mix, it’s possible that you may have trouble focusing or following through, especially given that Jupiter will be square to the planet of intellect and communication at the time of the New Moon.

The key will be to try and strike a balance between good intentions and the ability to follow through, avoid grandiose plans or schemes, and avoid exaggerating about your abilities or position because it’s very likely you’ll be asked to put your money where your mouth is in the next month or so.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO SAGITTARIUS – 22 Nov 2014

On November 22, the Sun will ingress into gregarious and enthusiastic Sagittarius, making the next month a great time to focus on sports, large animals, learning new things and expressing your intellectual and cultural nous. Expect your conscious energy to be focused on wide-ranging, exciting activities that uplift the spirits and widen horizons such as exploratory research or travel abroad.

Adventure and cultural expression are both liable to play a key role in your life now. You’re particularly likely to become enthusiastic about anything that inspires you and helps you forget about daily chores. Religion, law, philosophy, academia, and ethics are just some of the many areas which may attract your attention now. People from foreign lands or who speak different languages could help to simulate you and provide a fresh and different perspective on life. At this time, you will also gain enjoyment from setting goals and making plans for the future, as you’ll be in an optimistic and positive frame of mind.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout November 2014

RETROGRADES, STATIONS etc.

Neptune Direct Retrograde: 16 November

Mid-November, Neptune is due to station in Pisces, returning once more to forward motion.This signals a time to focus your creative and psychic energies on the future, and to share any healing, artistic or compassionate urges with the world rather than keeping them private. Charitable fundraising and artistic activities, especially using film or art to raise awareness for a good cause, should finally get somewhere now.

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Mercury back into Scorpio: 8 – 27 Nov

After October’s retrograde spell, Mercury is currently retracing its steps through Libra and back into Scorpio, from where it changed direction last month. As it does so, expect issues and themes from the last few weeks to finally begin to clear up or move forward once again. For a recap of what Mercury in Scorpio is all about, you can re-visit my October Astro-Insights page.

Venus into Sagittarius: 16 Nov – 10 Dec

Mid-November, Venus enters playful and flirtatious Sagittarius from where she is likely to help singletons attract suitors aplenty. Those already in relationships will probably feel the urge to either share more adventures or cultural stimulus with their partners or else seek more freedom and independence within existing partnerships. Sagittarius, whilst being a jolly and game sign, is not exactly known for letting the grass grow under its feet, which could mean plenty of opportunities for fun but not really a yearning for commitment. Art-wise, this is a good time to deal in paintings or photographs that depict far flung places, equestrian scenes or sports.

Mars into Capricorn: 26 Oct – 4 December

Late last month, energetic Mars shifted into Capricorn, a position where it is traditionally exalted. Mars will remain in this sign for the whole of November, making it a great time to pursue your dreams and achieve your ambitions in a clear, precise and methodical way. The steadying influence of sensible Capricorn is also likely to mean that ordinarily rash or brash individuals will not only act with some discretion, but also do so responsibly and ethically. However, don’t be fooled – Mars here indicates enormous determination and deep seated drive, so anyone with strong Mars or Capricorn influences is likely to become quite domineering or controlling if they feel threatened, or if their goals are in any way thwarted.

KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

November begins with a series of really fabulous aspects that are certainly worth noting in your diary! Venus in particular will be very busy this month, which bodes well for love and relationships. Below is a breakdown of this month’s key astrological highlights.

Big ideas, philosophical outlook, infectious enthusiasm, gentle persuasion
Mercury sextile Jupiter, Venus sextile Pluto – 1 November

As November opens, we can look forward to another expansive and upbeat sextile between Mercury and Jupiter. Any big ideas or bold plans first formulated or mooted on or around October 20 which may have been temporarily halted or paused as a result of Mercury’s retrograde spell now get the green light. Discussions concerning intellectual partnerships or philosophical affiliations should go well now, as will any attempt to approach important people for their support or financial backing.

With Venus also due to make a sextile to Pluto today, it seems very likely that relationships of all kinds may also receive a boost. If you need to talk about the future, or find a way to work through a thorny issue, this is the time to do so. Relations with authority or with parents or senior figures are also well-starred. This is a great time to make changes and express your passionate side, so be brave and speak your mind!

Artistically, this could be a time of creative breakthroughs, deep realisations and the subtle development of highly effective or powerfully provocative techniques. It could also be a great period of physical or psychological healing if you’re prepared to open yourself up and deal with difficult or deeply buried personal issues.

Fluid movements, fertile imagination, pursuing your dreams, sacred sexuality
Mars sextile Neptune – 1 Nov

After their trine on the 7th of August, the planets of willpower and spirituality meet again, this time with Mars in Capricorn – a highly favourable sign. The combination of ethical action and subtle, compassionate understanding makes for a potent combination. If you have a goal or ambition that you never in your wildest dreams thought you’d get a chance to pursue, then dust it off and do something about making it a reality – chances are that you’ll be surprised at how far you’re able to take things now.

Personal power, self-healing, relationship transformation
Sun conjunct Venus sextile Pluto – 3 November

Last month, you may have encountered a number of challenging relationship issues or had to make some tough personal choices and/or drastic lifestyle changes around the Sun-Pluto square, especially between October 4th and 8th. Now, however you’ll begin to reap the benefits of your actions. Cutting out what was superfluous, getting back to basics and reassessing your priorities is likely to begin to pay off at the beginning of November as the Sun and Venus both sextile powerful and passionate Pluto.

The Sun-Pluto sextile makes this a great time to assert your power for the greater good, reaffirm your alliances with important people or practise tried and tested ways to maintain health and vitality. In fact, all forms of individual transformation are favoured now, as are pursuits such as research, psycho-therapy and personal healing.

Romance-wise, the involvement of Venus makes this is a superb time to meet a tall, dark stranger who is both sexy and charismatic, if a tad mysterious. Passions run deep, but substance matters as much as style, so if you’re single make sure your chat is as good as your outfit this week-end if you want to land yourself a hottie.

Self-indulgence, over-spending, power struggles
Venus square Jupiter – 9 November

A month after the wonderful Venus-Jupiter sextile, some adjustments may be necessary as Venus moves to square Jupiter. Too much of a good thing can sometimes lead to laziness, apathy and selfishness – none of which are especially admirable qualities. Although a higher-up may be willing to do you a favour today, it could come at a price – just be sure it is one you are willing to pay! At work, you’ll need to push yourself a bit harder on order to motivate yourself. A good day to leave the credit card at home and make an appointment with your personal trainer who can whip you into shape. Whatever you do, don’t squander any opportunities for learning or expansion that come your way just because you don’t feel like it right now – you’ll regret it later!

Bold changes, impulsive action, explosive anger
Mars conjunct Pluto (square Uranus) – 11 November

Mars and Pluto, the two planets most associated with focus and willpower, meet in determined Capricorn today. This has the potential to turn you into a dynamo of energy and productivity and a force for change in the world. However, with Uranus hovering close to a square with Pluto, there will be an element of unpredictability and volatility in the air. Be careful when handling power cables, be sure to back up your computer and take extra care with online transactions. Sudden and uncontrolled impulsiveness and explosive anger are both possible now if those who feel powerless or desperate are challenged or threatened in any way, so watch out, especially when out driving.

Volatile energy, sudden explosions, motor accidents
Mars square Uranus – 13 November

A few days after Mars conjuncts Pluto, it moves on to square erratic Uranus. This could lead to erratic and unpredictable, possibly even violent behaviour, power short circuits and even flash mobs or explosions, so be extremely cautious when handling volatile substances, driving or operating machinery. Also, don’t be surprised if you experience sudden bursts of energy or are taken aback by angry outbursts from others. The key is to listen to any sudden warnings, premonitions or flashes of intuition and then act quickly to protect yourself and others from possible fires or dangerous technical malfunctions.

Serious art, romantic commitment, profound creative shifts
Venus conjunct Saturn – 13 November

Today, it’s possible that you’ll have that chat about the future you’ve been putting off for so long. With Venus and Saturn set to meet in serious, ‘tell it like it is’ Scorpio, it may be time to confront any possible problems or limitations within current relationships. Commitment, obligations, trust and reliability are all possible themes now. However, if you’re both prepared to work things out, the possibilities for healing and deeper levels of intimacy are very possible. Promises made at this time are for keeps, so choose your words wisely and think carefully about romantic propositions before responding.

Creatively, this could be a very productive time. Statement art could pack a powerful punch now, whilst sculptures or architectural forms could reach new heights (or depths) now. A great time to lay down the foundations for the future artistically.

Inflation, over-confidence, over-commitment
Sun square Jupiter – 14 November

Following in the wake of Venus is the Sun, which is due to clash with Jupiter today. This planetary pairing can often lead to overbearing and over-confident behaviour, as well as a tendency to boast or exaggerate – just something to bear in mind if you have a job interview or a client pitch. Let’s face it: No one likes a show-off, so try to reign in any tendencies to grand stand, and be sure to take it easy when it comes to plans and commitments. You could very easily take on too much today, or promise too much to others. Be realistic and don’t attempt to be superhuman now – you’ll only end up frazzled and/or with egg on your face.

Energetic self-expression, words into action, quick thinking
Mercury sextile Mars – 21 November

After some potential break-through moments of realisation care of a transformative meeting with Pluto, Mercury heads towards a stimulating sextile with ambitious and astute Mars. The result is likely to be that today you are on top mental form, exhibiting sharp judgement, quick thinking and a level of astuteness and eloquence that at other times you wish you had at your disposal. This is therefore an excellent day to make your mark career-wise, especially if you are due to make a presentation, pitch or speech. Those who work in the fields of education, coaching or the media, especially anything related to motoring, medicine or sports will be especially grateful for this aspect as it will keep you on the top of your game. On a more personal level, this is an excellent period in which to put plans into action, execute an advertising or political campaign. You’ll also be a fast learner, so if you plan to take a course or acquire a new skill, this is an auspicious time to begin a new course.

For more details of what to expect day by day, be sure to check out my daily astro-insights on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter.

October’s Astro-Insights

Your Guide to the Astrological Weather for October 2014…

Prepare yourself for a month of expansion, excitement, progress and adventure. Thanks to plenty of planetary action involving lucky Jupiter, coupled with several powerful aspects occurring during this month’s lunar eclipse in Aries, October is set to be an excellent time for pursuing your passions and engaging in fresh activities that are meaningful and fulfilling, both personally and professionally. For my tips on which dates to do what, read on!

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SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN LIBRA – 23 September 2014

No sooner does the Sun ingress into Libra, than it moves to join the Moon in a cosy conjunction, resulting in a New Moon in the very same sign. This double dose of Libra, the sign most strongly associated with symmetry, fairness and peace, signals a month in which many of us will strive for personal harmony and emotional balance, especially within relationships and domestic settings.

Being a New Moon and therefore setting in motion a fresh lunar cycle, it is also a good time to initiate legal action or take steps to set up new agreements with business partners, as well as iron out differences in political deals or peace treaty negotiations. From a creative point of view, pairs, dual aspects, and balanced repeat patterns may work better than individual or single items and images. If you have any kind of emotional dilemma, share it with another person – you’ll feel so much better for it. Partnering up to complete a work project may also prove to be a canny move over the next four weeks or so.

FULL MOON IN ARIES – 08 October 2014

With a Full Moon in fiery Aries set for the first week of October, don’t be surprised if you instinctively find yourself somewhat busier than usual early on this month. Personal matters could come to a head now, catching you off-guard, so keep on top of developments and make sure you are prepared to act quickly to protect your interests. Emotionally, this may be a time when you feel you need to assert yourself more strongly than usual – not necessarily a bad thing if you usually defer to those more pushy or bossy than yourself.

This Full Moon also happens to be a lunar eclipse, which is likely to make you aware of a growing internal need to be more self-sufficient personally and professionally. Don’t be surprised if you decide to move out of home or choose to begin making decisions more autonomously, without interference or advice from others. You could also find that certain solo initiatives or private matters that began in March 2014 could come to a climax/conclusion around this time. You may want to cast your mind back to establish whether what takes place now has its roots in last April’s Aries lunation – the answers could hold clues as to what to expect now.

The good news is that this particular Full Moon eclipse will form part of a stunning diamond aspect pattern, one that includes expansive Jupiter in Leo, the confident Sun in cuddly Libra and Mars in happy-go-lucky Sagittarius. This is likely to mean that any six-month old initiatives and projects end with something of a bang, now, but in a good way! You could well find yourself propelled into the limelight, or find your horizons widening in the near future as a result of current developments Think golden handshakes, career high notes and emotional fireworks. Clearly, although a potentially very busy time, there is also likely to be cause to celebrate.

SOLAR ECLIPSE IN SCORPIO – 23 October 2014

Just as one door closes, a new one opens…. Around the time of the New Moon, we have a solar eclipse in Scorpio to look forward to. This ushers in a fresh half year cycle in which new enterprises, plans or schemes involving antiques, recycling, research, psychotherapy or crime fighting are likely to be well-starred.

Venus in Scorpio and Mercury in Libra also form part of the mix, which suggests that sex, intimacy and relationships could also somehow be involved in what unfolds between now and next April. If you’re single, you could run into, or hear from, an old flame. Couples could find themselves dealing with brand new issues around passion, temptation and how to keep the spark alive.

Inheritances, loans and shared resources are other areas where you could see fresh developments. If you are keen to become more financially self-sufficient, or acquire a property, perhaps to renovate or restore, then get ready to get the ball rolling.

The only downer is Uranus, which will be opposing the North Node at the New Moon. This could add an even more unpredictable, possibly even impulsive air to proceedings than usual, so take care to avoid accidents and don’t be too rash when it comes to acting on your desires or impulses. Selfish deed could come back to haunt you or others further down the line.

For more details about what to expect from the October eclipses, look out for my mundane eclipse forecast.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO SCORPIO – 23 October 2014

The Sun glides into enigmatic and passionate Scorpio on October the 23rd, which is sure to add an air of depth and mystery to personal matters. Secrets, taboo subjects, puzzles and unsolved problems are all likely to become a source of interest or focus during the next month.

This is a time when substance, rather than style, is likely to predominate, so be sure to do your homework before going into any important meeting or discussion – otherwise you may be caught out by someone in dogged pursuit of the truth. On the plus side, this positioning is likely to make your concentration good, and your powers of perception, razor sharp – excellent for research and detective work!

Still, it isn’t great if you have something to hide – Scorpio seems to have a knack for sniffing out people with secrets or hidden skeletons and usually who won’t settle for anything less than whole story. The only way to avoid gossip and scandal is to be scrupulously open and admit upfront to any potential conflicts of interest or indiscretions, especially in business dealings, before anyone else can catch you out. Honesty really is the best policy now.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout October 2014

RETROGRADES, STATIONS etc.

Mercury Retrograde: 5-26 October

During October, Mercury will be retrograde for most of the month, which may mean that matters related to recycling, antiques, restoration and research are delayed or need reviewing due to unexpected hitches or obstacles of one sort or another. This reversal in direction also means that Mercury will re-enter the sign of Libra on the 10th, which could result in certain relationship issues coming back to haunt you. Legal proceedings may also slow down or completely grind to a halt for a few weeks. Power cuts and energy shortages are also possibilities now. However, all is not doom and gloom: this is a great time to revise existing projects, perhaps by updating them with more thorough, in-depth information, or just finishing things them off properly – no bad thing! Too often in life, everyday distractions prevent us from looking into things as deeply as we’d like, and this retrograde provides you with the perfect opportunity to do just that.

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Mercury into Scorpio: 27 Sep – 9 Oct

Thoughts deepen and words are more carefully chosen as Mercury ingresses into passionate and brooding Scorpio on September the 27th. This more serious but sensitive atmosphere is likely to pervade the two weeks straddling the end of September and beginning of October, making it a perfect time for quiet reflection, in-depth research and intense chats with those you feel you can be yourself with. Discretion and trust are likely to be two very important qualities, especially in business, while the planet of communication, learning and self-expression is in Scorpio…If certain parties are being secretive, though, don’t worry – the truth will come out, especially once Mercury retrogrades on the 5th.

Mercury back into Libra: 10 Oct – 9 Nov

No sooner does Mercury switch signs, than it begins to slow down and finally station as October opens. This means, that just two weeks into its tour of Scorpio, Mercury will retrace its steps into Libra, where it will remain for the rest of the month. As a result, you can expect a resurgence of legal issues, relationship niggles and equality debates, especially any unfinished business left over from September. Be prepared to pick up where you left off.

For a recap of what Mercury in Libra is all about, revisit my September Astro-Insights column.

Venus into Libra: 13 Sep – 25 Oct

In late September, Venus will ingress into its own sign – peace-loving and relationship-oriented Libra. Harmony and the balancing of opposite qualities or points of view is what Libra strives for, whilst Venus loves to socialise and surround herself with beauty. As such, you can expect the period surrounding this ingress to really amplify the Libran need to collaborate and seek equilibrium, especially when it comes to one-to-one interactions. Consider this the ideal time to get personal. Around now, you may also find yourself seeking out pleasure, admiring beautiful objects or people with exceptionally good looks, and getting creative. Venus in Libra should also help to amplify those attributes needed for successful relationships: charm, diplomacy, compromise, fairness and equality. Artistically, this is a period when symmetrical lines, matching pairs and dual colours or motifs are likely to feature quite strongly.

KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

This month, we have a slew of cosmic power days to look forward to. Below are some astrological highlights to take note of during October.

Power struggles, personal choices, relationship challenges 
Sun, Venus square Pluto – 4, 8 October
After making some much-needed lifestyle changes last month, you may now be challenged to make a few adjustments so that plans or arrangements flow more smoothly. If others have secretly felt threatened by your recent personal choices, they may now give voice to this. Depending on their personality, they could try to undermine your decisions using underhanded tactics; or if they are more confident, blatantly challenge your authority, perhaps by calling your judgement or choices into question. The key is to understand the fears that may lie behind their actions and then take steps to either reassure them or win them over to your way of thinking. Of course, they may have a point or two, in which case, don’t be too proud to listen. If they are simply being control freaks, be prepared to stand your ground and possibly risk social disapproval in the short term.

Bold changes, inspired action, living your truth
Mars trine Uranus – 5 October

Coming in the wake of last month’s Jupiter-Uranus trine, which may have seen you come up with some inspired ideas or inventions, a Mars-Uranus trine in the first week of October invites you to take action and put those ideas or beliefs into practice. This is your chance to live more authentically and independently, so if you feel stuck or trapped, this is your opportunity to break out of old patterns or ruts. During the days surrounding this aspect, you’ll have a lot more energy, confidence and enthusiasm, which should help you to overcome obstacles and in many cases, make some surprising progress. You could discover a shortcut to fitness/good health or encounter a technical breakthrough which significantly improves how you do things going forward. Mustering up the courage to take inspired action will be much easier than usual, so don’t be afraid to act on your intuition now.

Enthusiasm, self-confidence, expansive efforts, good energy & physical vitality
Mars trine Jupiter sextile the Sun – 8-10 October

Close to the time of the Full Moon, we have a formation known as a minor grand trine forming in the sky between go-getting Mars, expansive Jupiter and the self-confident Sun. This aspect pattern favours positive assertion and enthusiastic self-expression within existing relationships, as well as providing you with plenty of opportunities to form fortunate new alliances with important people. With the Nodes also involved, it’s likely that destiny may well intervene now to help you throw off any debilitating inhibitions and truly be yourself, with the help and co-operation of others. Between the 8th and 10th of October, you may find events or circumstances enable you to discover what you’re really made of, and enable you to express yourself to your fullest potential. The people that come into your life now may act as catalysts, helping to turbo boost your capacity to realise a personal ambition or gain recognition for your efforts. Seize the day, as they say! An excellent time for sportsmen, teachers and those in the spotlight.

Luck in love, favourable legal rulings, social prominence
Venus sextile Jupiter – 14 October

Prepare to be inspired and motivated, even captivated today as charming Venus once again sextiles fortunate Jupiter. A repeat of their earlier meeting in June 2014, though this time in air/fire signs, you’re likely to feel very optimistic about the future and feel revved up about making things work in your favour. Around this time, you could meet someone charismatic, beguiling or simply fascinating, and for once, they may not turn out to be too good to be true. Singles, this is one of those windows when the phrase ‘lucky in love’ could apply to you, so get out there and mingle!

Creatively, this is likely to be a golden period during which you could come up with a headline concept that proves to be a big hit. Socially, it’s possible you could find yourself rising to prominence. You could be introduced to a VIP who could open doors for you. Pleasure, hedonism and luxury are also key themes now, so revel in the moment and enjoy what life has to offer.

Self-assertion, confident self-expression, integrity & poise
Sun, Mercury sextile Mars – 15-17 October

Prepare for a dynamic period when your words and actions sync perfectly with your sense of identity and integrity. As October unfolds, a stellium of planets will form in the fair and just sign of Libra, including the Sun and Mercury, from where they will continue to make positive contacts to Mars and Jupiter for most of the month. This makes an auspicious time for expanding your mind, horizons and moving beyond your comfort zone.

For the next few days, you could attract people and situations to you that enable you to act from a centered and balanced place, and express yourself with complete confidence and poise. By definition, integrity is about demonstrating a high level of consistency between your thoughts, principles and values on one hand, and your words and deeds, on the other. This aspect will provide you with the conditions and support necessary to express yourself from just such an authentic and honourable place. Show others what you’re truly made of now! Let the Libran principles of fairness, balance, moderation and peace be your guide.

Big ideas, philosophical outlook, infectious enthusiasm, gentle persuasion
Mercury sextile Jupiter, Venus sextile Mars – 20 October

Today, two planets in the Libra stellium make separate but simultaneous sextile aspects to Mars and Jupiter, located in the fire signs of Leo and Sagittarius. The combination of Libra (charm, fairness and sympathy) with the creativity, dynamism and enthusiasm of Leo and Sagittarius make this a day for taking risks and acting on big plans. This is a great time to approach those in authority for favours, whether this be getting the right backing for a dream project or winning over key supporters to a cause close to your heart. You can communicate your ideas and principles clearly and persuasively now, whilst also being able to turn on the charm and still have enough confidence and dynamism to motivate people to act. It is therefore a great day for making important speeches, doing a big sales presentation or launching a new product, especially in the beauty, fitness or automotive fields

Creative self-expression, intuitive guidance, profound perceptions
Sun conjunct Venus trine Neptune – 25-28 October

As we near the end of the month, Venus and the Sun finally catch up to each other, forming a conjunction in passionate Scorpio on the 25th. A few days later, both planets simultaneously reach out to Neptune in compassionate and sensitive Pisces, forming a flowing trine in the triplicity of water. This configuration is likely to emphasise intuition and emotion over intellect, encouraging you to follow your heart and listen to your inner voice because it may well have some very wise and inspiring guidance for you now. Your creative antenna will also be finely-tuned. In fact, with the Sun and Venus involved, self-expression is highly favoured. Not only will you have a deep sense of self-possession, but you will also be highly aware of the existence of beauty and mystery in the world and in a subtle enough state to be able to capture the ephemeral nature of such phenomena. An excellent few days for healing, meditation, spiritual and artistic pursuits.

Any new relationships or romances formed now will also have a magical quality about them. You could find yourself experiencing an almost telepathic connection with somebody now, possibly even a complete stranger. Don’t second-guess yourself too much now – just surrender to the weirdness of life and go with it if it happens. With such good aspects around, the outcome is unlikely to be bad.

For more details of what to expect day by day, be sure to check out my daily astro-insights on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter.

September 2014 Astro-Insights

 gold wheat sheafs

Your Guide to the Astrological Weather for September 2014…

Get ready for a month of reviews, reforms and changes as work, family life or power structures begin to shift, and certain rules and laws finally get reappraised. Thanks to plenty of contact with Pluto, September is a great month to re-organise your company, institute major lifestyle changes; reinvent yourself, release old baggage or become more efficient and effective. Read on to discover the best times to take action.

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SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN VIRGO – 25 August 2014

In the last week of August, a New Moon began a new monthly lunar cycle for us all. This one, which took place in modest, hardworking Virgo, favours new initiatives and fresh starts in the arena of gardening, handmade goods, writing/editing projects, health & nutrition and any job that requires assisting someone else. Precision and helpfulness are two qualities emphasised now.

This particular New Moon happened to oppose Neptune, which suggests that sub-theme this month may be that of confidence, sacrifice and practicality. How realistic are you in terms of your expectations, both of yourself and others? Learning to be constructive with criticism or having the confidence to handle bad reviews of your work may be other ways in which this energy manifests.

FULL MOON IN PISCES – 09 Sep 2014

The Full Moon in Pisces may come a little early for many people’s tastes as the lunar and solar cycles continue to remain out of sync. Full Moons are emotional at the best of times, but in oceanic Pisces, this could well tip over into fits of sobbing, feelings of helplessness or waves of compassion for the suffering of others. If you feel as though you have very think skin now, then take extra measures to protect yourself psychically and emotionally now.

Around this time, you could find yourself addressing certain Neptunian themes that may have kept re-surfacing during last months’ many Neptune contacts. If you give away your power too easily, find it hard to say no or do everything you can to avoid facing reality/taking responsibility for your emotions/certain aspects of your everyday life, and then you could find things coming to a head around the Full Moon. See this as a chance to identify ways to harness your artistic/psychic gifts and sensitive nature for the benefit of other people without losing yourself at the same time. Spending time on your own could be helpful while the Moon is in Pisces, so try to leave some gaps in your schedule for a bit of downtime between 8-11 September.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO LIBRA – 23 Sep 2014

We reach the equinox on 23 September, just as the Sun slips into harmony-loving Libra. This heralds a fresh 30-day period in which relationships feature strongly. You may also find yourself striving to improve your work-life balance at this time, or simply inject some more peace and tranquillity into everyday life. Compromise, moderation and symmetry are other themes likely to be strong at this time.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout August 2014

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Mercury into Libra: 2-27 September

After spending the second half of August in the sign of its exaltation, Mercury glides into relationship-oriented Libra. From here, you can expect to hear more about issues such as gender equality in the workplace, as well as speeches or politicking about matters like gay marriage. Intellectually, mercury likes fair play and will always seek a balanced point of view. Where there are arguments between different sides, Mercury in Libra is likely to make people seek compromise. Expect to feel more inclined to seek the middle ground intellectually and also to lean more towards one-to-one collaborations in politics, journalism and educational or academic activities. From here, mercury makes a number of contacts to the outer planets, some good and some bad. Mark the 10th in your diary though – thanks to a sextile to Jupiter, you could come up with a really big idea or concept around this time, so keep your notebook handy!

Venus into Virgo: 5-29 September

Early in September, the planet of romance and abundance will follow in Mercury’s footsteps, ingressing into the sign of Virgo, where it will stay for most of the month. Venus in Virgo is a bit of an awkward fit, which is why Venus is traditionally considered to be in fall when in this sign. Here, Venus is said to be a bit prissy and barren reproductively. Of course, much depends on how you interpret Virgo – for the ancient Mesopotamians, this was the sign of the harvest when food was abundant, so the goddess that ruled over this part of the zodiac was considered to rule fertility and plenty – a far cry from the later Christian overlay meant to chime more with the Virgin Mary! Venus will be especially powerful between September the 14th and 21st, when she makes two key contacts with Pluto and Saturn. Use this week to make important changes to relationships or shifts in creativity.

Mars into Sagittarius: 13 Sep – 25 Oct

Midway through September, the planet of confidence and physical vitality is due to change signs. Entering enthusiastic Sagittarius on the 13th, Mars is likely to add a certain bounce to people’s steps from this optimistic and zestful sign. Expect to feel much less apathetic and serious than you did during Mars’ stay in Scorpio. Instead of being suspicious of everyone, you’ll now feel more a lot more perky and willing to take more risks. Just try not to push the envelope too far on the 25th when Mars squares Pluto – an authority figure may come down on hard on you now.

KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

This month, we have some major cosmic energy shifts to look forward to. Below are some astrological highlights to take note of during September.
Personal power, lifestyle changes, self-transformation
Sun trine Pluto – 3 September
If you’ve been considering making a few lifestyle changes lately, then today is a great time to take steps in a more healthy and structured direction, thanks to a powerful Sun-Pluto trine. Shedding weight or eliminating what is no longer useful or productive are both favoured now, as is a more wholesome diet. Spinal support, self-discipline and structure are keywords now. Deepening personal ties to those with whom you feel a strong, even profound connection is another theme during this time. This is not a time for half measures, though, so be certain of what you want before you act – there may be no going back afterwards – well, certainly not before the 23rd, when Pluto retrogrades!

Lyrical movement, poetry in motion, active imagination
Mars trine Neptune – 7 August

If you’re looking to improve your choreography skills, sign up for a dance class or hone your musical delivery, this aspect offers you the perfect opportunity to do so. The energy and vitality of Mars combines perfectly with the refinement and sensitivity of Neptune today to give you the rare ability to be physically powerful and yet graceful at the same time. This astrological pairing should serve to stir your imagination, leading to sizzling poetry, sexy designs, and moving film scenes or photographs. Try a more active approach to creativity or alternatively, a more contemplative, spiritual approach to physical activities now: perhaps, composing on the hoof, or meditating while exercising – you may be amazed at the results. Tender love-making is another possible expression of this aspect, so make time for romance today – chances are, you’ll be glad you did!

Relationship shifts, magnetic attraction, creative transformation, social influence
Venus trine Pluto – 14 September

If you’re keen to make win friends and influence people, then you’ll love this planetary combination. The planet of charm and seduction joins forces with the supreme symbol of magnetic allure and mesmeric charisma, making it difficult for others to resist when you fix them with your gaze or flash them a smile. If you’re single, you could meet someone for whom you feel an instant and powerful attraction. Creatively, this is an excellent time to metamorphose into a new style or take your work to another, more profound level. Those in relationships could find their love and commitment deepening now. Be aware that Pluto will retrograde on the 23rd, which may call for adjustments.

Romantic commitment, love with an older man/younger woman, solid creative plans
Venus sextile Saturn – 21 September

If you’re keen to make your current relationship more permanent or meet someone older/younger, then today is a great day to do so, thanks to the co-operation of Venus and Saturn. Inter-generational love could be another theme now, so don’t let someone’s age get in the way of a potentially fulfilling connection. On the creative front, this is a great time to be making solid plans to take an idea forward or put something into practice. Err on the side of caution and give plenty of thought to how to fool proof plans now – your foresight and dedication will yield dividends. Persistence and staying power are both favoured now.

Dramatic shifts, physical pain, power struggles
Mars square Pluto – 22 September

After last month’s positive Mars-Pluto trine, we now reach the square. This calls for some fine-tuning to decisions or actions taken around the 15th of last month. Perhaps you have made some progress and now need to overcome a few obstacles or change tack slightly in order to cope with shifting circumstances? If so, see this time as a period of adjustment, rather than a sign of failure. Developing more self-discipline or shaving off any dead weight may be necessary in order to take things to the next level. Keeping ego out of matters will help you avoid destructive power struggles, as will finding a way to cope with annoying but unavoidable realities like red tape or policy changes. Restrictions should ease after the 23rd when Pluto turns retrograde.

Big changes, inspired moves, individual beliefs, unusual tastes
Jupiter trine Uranus – 25 September

Sudden and unexpected leaps forward, snap decisions that come good and inspired changes are all possible now, thanks to the meeting of Jupiter and Uranus in a flowing trine. For the next few days, you can expect to feel much more positive about going it alone or starting afresh, so those keen to break out and try their hand at doing things solo will love the sense of freedom and possibility of this transit. Having the courage to speak up for your personal beliefs or cultural preferences should pan out well now, with others proving to be surprisingly tolerant and open to differences.

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August 2014 Astro-Insights

Your Guide to the Astrological Weather for August 2014…

Just as we reach the high point of summer in the northern hemisphere, Jupiter chooses to enter flamboyant Leo and, as a result, things really begin to hot up! A recap of what to expect from Jupiter’s stay in this fiery and dramatic sign is available on my July Astro-Insights post.

As well as heady romance and grand public gestures, care of a Venus-Jupiter conjunction mid-month, we also have a number of cracking transits involving Uranus & Saturn to look forward to. For more details of these and other August astrology highlights, read on…

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN LEO – 26 July 2014

Towards the end of July, we experienced a New Moon in Leo. This soli-lunar event helped to usher in a fresh month-long phase in everyday affairs for the next four weeks, during which new pet projects and personal initiatives involving luxury items, the performing arts or leadership campaigns should be well-received and gain popular favour.

This particular New Moon also happened to conjunct lucky Jupiter, ‘activating’ its benefic, expansive energy and thereby making it more accessible to us ordinary mortals. If you began to feel more optimistic and hopeful about the future around this time, then you know why! For more details of other positive Jupiter contacts during August, see the Key Dates section below.

FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS – 10 Aug 2014

In response to July’s Leo New Moon, we can expect an equal but opposite Full Moon in quirky Aquarius on the 10th of August. Taking place at 19h10 BST, this particular point in the annual lunar cycle asks us to consider what we feel makes us unique as individuals. Rather than worry about how this makes us different or sets us apart from others, the Full Moon is urging you to celebrate these qualities. Now is also a good time to detach from certain emotional situations or people who may be holding you back or bringing you down. This is about following the beat of your own drum emotionally, and having the courage to take an independent stand when it comes to matters you feel strongly about.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO VIRGO – 23 Aug 2014

Just as the northern hemisphere begins to move from its hottest phase of the year towards autumn, so the Sun prepares to ingress into the sign of the harvest time, earthy and practical Virgo. This signals the start of a month-long cycle in which outward pursuits such as editing, the production of artisanal crafts or wholesome foods are all likely to receive support from higher-ups. Choosing to actively pursue better health and taking a modest or less-is-more approach in personal or work projects are also well-favoured now.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout August 2014

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Mercury into Leo: 1-15 August

Having gathered pace since its return to direct motion, Mercury makes a whistle-stop tour of flamboyant Leo during the first half of August. Throughout this two week period, you can expect to see a surge in publicity for grandiose schemes, as well as an increase in exaggerated claims as people vie for the spotlight; and your vote or business! Clearly not for the shrinking violet, this combination should still provide a welcome dose of communication confidence to those less verbose or inclined to show off. This aspect is great for public speaking, business presentations, dramatic productions, product launches and any profession that requires you to exude poise and an air of conviction.

Venus into Leo: 12 Aug – 5 Sept

Never far behind Mercury, the planet of romance and abundance will ingress into Leo for a tour of just over three weeks. This is likely to result in a spell of grand romantic gestures, dramatic artistic productions and large, colourful public displays. In terms of fashion, think statement accessories, plenty of bright, shiny fabrics and big hair! Pleasurable activities will centre on lavish dinners, glamorous venues and luxury hotels, resorts or spas. As one magazine columnist put it recently, amongst the super-rich, if you’re not AWA – away for august – then you’re a nobody! If you love the baroque and the elaborate, then this is your time.

KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

This month, we have a slew of cosmic power days to look forward to. Below are some astrological highlights to look forward to during August.
Creative commitment, romantic proposals, sustainable business models
Venus trine Saturn – 1 August
If you need to get back to basics with a creative strategy or refine a work of art, then this is the day for you. Venus combines with savvy Saturn to help you commit to a sweetheart, reignite an old spark or revisit a business plan, especially one involving food, home décor, recycling or history. Combining the cuddly, nurturing energy of Venus in Cancer with practical, focused and disciplined Saturn in Scorpio should help you win over potential investors, repair strained business or family relationships and convince loved ones of your serious intentions. It will also provide you with bags of charm and sympathy, ideal for making an older family or staff member feel cherished and appreciated. You could also do a bang-up restoration job of a house, piece of vintage clothing, painting or ornament now.

Lyrical movement, poetry in motion, active imagination
Mars trine Neptune – 7 August

If you’re looking to improve your choreography skills, sign up for a dance class or hone your musical delivery, this aspect offers you the perfect opportunity to do so. The energy and vitality of Mars combines perfectly with the refinement and sensitivity of Neptune today to give you the rare ability to be physically powerful and yet graceful at the same time. This astrological pairing should serve to stir your imagination, leading to sizzling poetry, sexy designs, and moving film scenes or photographs. Try a more active approach to creativity or alternatively, a more contemplative, spiritual approach to physical activities now: perhaps, composing on the hoof, or meditating while exercising – you may be amazed at the results. Tender love-making is another possible expression of this aspect, so make time for romance today – chances are, you’ll be glad you did!

Bright individuals, scientific breakthroughs, original perspectives, technical knowledge
Sun + Mercury trine Uranus – 7-8 August

Over a two-day period, both the Sun and Mercury will trine Uranus. By itself, Mercury-Uranus epitomises the eureka moment when genius ideas suddenly grip you, fully-formed, like lightning bolts. Add to this the confidence and charisma of the Sun, and you have a pretty potent blend of quirky but witty individualism, insightful yet original intellectual perspectives, and convincing technical know-how or scientific ability. Solving problems and wowing audiences with your repartee are both possible outcomes of this energy, as is a striking, attention-grabbing online presence or brilliant tech business idea. Make a splash and take a communications risk now – the reception you get is likely to be surprisingly positive.

Powerful passions, healing energy, military precision
Mars sextile Pluto – 15 August

If you’re looking to improve your health, become more focused at work or up your energy quotient, then this is the perfect day to do so, thanks to the verve of Mars and the grit of Pluto. This dynamic planetary combination provides the perfect recipe for powerful healing encounters, moving cathartic experiences, and elevated motivation levels, especially when it comes to active pursuits or kinetic movement. Think of the whirling dervishes of Turkey or the Tasmanian devil in the comic strip – you really could transform yourself physically or generate a whirlwind of activity today if you decide to! The key is to create a structure or plan, and then act without overthinking things – you’ll know instinctively how to pace yourself and what to do now, thanks to this rousing transit

Meaningful relationships, creative expansion, social popularity
Venus conjunct Jupiter – 18 August

Two months ago to the day, the planet of love and creativity paired up with jovial and generous Jupiter in Cancer to help create a plenitude of material abundance and improved family fortunes. Now these two planets meet up again, this time in a conjunction in magnanimous and fun-loving Leo. Under this influence, you can expect all manner of good fortune, from lavish romantic gifts to coveted social invitations, as well as plenty of praise and admiration from others.

This aspect is ideal for job interviews, product launches, theatre or film opening nights and fashion shows. If you have to pitch to a potential benefactor, or need some good advice or support from a mentor, this is an excellent time to make a good impression. You’ll have that enviable combination of style and substance at now, making you the darling of the hour. Just don’t become too arrogant or self-indulgent, or you could blow your chances or spend way more than you intended otherwise.

Unique creativity, love at first sight, independent financial advice
Venus trine Uranus – 25 August

If excitement, variety and adventure are what you are yearning for in terms of romance, then today could very be your day. Alluring and glamorous Venus in Leo combines with trendy, striking Uranus to make the sparks fly in love. You could well find yourself falling head over heels now, and for someone totally unexpected. Expect the unusual today and be prepared to take a risk or two creatively now – both approaches could pay off big time, so don’t be afraid to break the mould and try something (or someone) different now.

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