July 2014 Astro-Insights

Your Guide to the Astrological Weather for July 2014…

On the 22nd of July, we celebrate the first birthday of Prince George of Cambridge. To mark this special occasion, I am offering 25% off all solar return reports for the whole of July! These continue to be the most popular items in the Astro-Report Shop, so if you haven’t already ordered one, then why not give it a go?

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 CANCER – 27 June 2014

Towards the end of June, we experienced a New Moon in Cancer, which meant the start of a fresh month-long phase during which we should see a surge in family-, home- and food-oriented activities, from seaside holidays with relatives to outdoor barbeques, or possibly even a home renovation or two. It is also worth noting that this New Moon also happened to make a positive aspect to Neptune, currently retrograde in Pisces, suggesting that the next 30 days or so may also be a good time to rest and recharge your batteries, especially via places or activities connected with water, from spas to lakeside cabins. It may also be the right time to concentrate on spiritual or self-help programmes, especially those that focus on self-nurturing, cultivating forgiveness or compassion, and healing old family rifts.

FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN – 12 July 2014

Mid-July, we are scheduled to experience a Full Moon in Capricorn. If you’ve been working hard lately, perhaps on a political campaign, business plan or charitable project, then know that any pressure or stress that you experience around the Full Moon will reach its natural peak before easing off. Themes such as personal advancement, social responsibility or election for public office could hold more emotional resonance than usual. If you’ve had to be strong for loved ones, endure emotional hardship as a result of recent lifestyle changes or been forced to make a lot of personal sacrifices for work recently, then know that you could receive some form of reward or recognition for all you have done around now.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO LEO – 22 July 2014

Having reached the period of maximum daylight in the northern hemisphere, marked by last month’s summer solstice, we now move towards the hottest period of the year – the months of July and August.

It is therefore fitting that on 22 July, Prince George’s birthday, the Sun will move into fiery Leo, the sign over which it rules. From Leo, the Sun radiates natural confidence, oodles of charisma and the ability to attract success, so if these are qualities you would like to cultivate, then the next month is the perfect time to do so.

With lucky, philosophical Jupiter also due to enter Leo this month, it may be a good idea to ponder over the true meaning of leadership: some would argue that it should be more about setting a good example and being of service to one’s subordinates than throwing your weight around or enjoying the privileges of your elevated social position. Do you agree? What does being in charge mean to you? This is likely to be a hot topic for debate now and over the coming few weeks.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout June 2014

RETROGRADES & STATIONS

Mercury Direct – 1 July
Saturn Direct – 21 July
Uranus Retrograde – 22 July

Good news! Both Mercury and Saturn return to direct motion this month – Mercury on the 1st, and Saturn, 20 days later. On the one hand, this is likely to mean a return to clearer thinking, more straightforward communication and fewer travel delays, as well as the ability to plan, structure and execute strategies properly once again. But on the other, it is likely to see an increase in the pace of life and events, as well as the return of certain inhibitions, rules or restrictions that may have been loosened during the last few months.

On 22 July, the same day that the Sun ingresses into Leo, Uranus, ruler of opposite sign, Aquarius, will begin its annual retrograde spell in Aries. Choosing to view this period as an opportunity to assess whether or not you feel you are leading your most authentic life is one way to engage with this energy. Another might be to consider how you could better get the world to recognise your unique views or talents, or perhaps most controversially, consider more effective ways of utilising any feelings of anger or social outrage you might harbour about a particular issue or cause.

Currently, Uranus in Aries seems to resonate fairly strongly with the grass roots socio-political zeitgeist, especially in terms of reconnecting individuals with their ability to influence the collective through social media and organised political action. Equally, it has also reacquainted many of us, especially young people, with the power of democracy, technology and chaos to uproot oppressive structures, revolutionise whole industries and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, whether political or financial. So, if you have unfinished business in this area, and would like to return to a particular cause, have another crack at perfecting an app or invention, or just revisit an old but pertinent issue, then the next six months is the time to do so.

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Mercury back into Cancer: 13-30 July

Mercury resumes direct motion on July the 1st, which means that the planet of commerce, communications and travel will begin the process of retracing its steps through Gemini and back into Cancer. This means that mid-month, you can expect a return of some of the themes that may have come up for you between the 29th of May and the 13th of June when Mercury was last in this zodiac sign. Examples may include the desire to overcome shyness, the need to be heard by a child or parent, or the right to express your views on emotive subjects such as pregnancy, childcare, abortion or food. This is a great time to share your knowledge and experience in this area, or to market a business idea connected to educational toys, learning aids or a home-based enterprise.

In the media, I wouldn’t be surprised if nostalgic/retro themes became prominent in advertising campaigns, or people returned to the debate about issues such as school food/child nutrition on the news. We may also see a surge in interest in programmes about home décor, the search for long-lost relatives, or tips about how to conceive/adopt/cope with difficult family members.

Venus into Cancer: 18 July-11 August

Joining Mercury in Cancer on the 18th of July will be planet of love, money and creativity, Venus. This is likely to spell a period during which nestling with family or loved ones will seem very appealing. Pleasurable activities now could mean chilling at home, lazing on the beach or sharing a meal with some special people with whom you share a strong sense of emotional connection and belonging.

If you’re an artist or fashion designer, then it’s possible that your designs during this time will be influenced by your childhood, the style/tastes of a parent or even the spirit of a bygone era.

Don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself keen to make a bit of extra cash through baking, supper clubs or knitting. Eating yourself beautiful and the link between health, nutrition and good looks could also become a big theme now. Psychologically, this is a time when you can learn a lot about nurturing, self-care and emotional security.

Jupiter into Leo: 18 July-11 August

This July, big boy Jupiter will ingress into playful and regal Leo, where it will remain for the rest of 2014 and much of 2015. During its stay here, we can expect subjects such as fame, leadership, freedom of expression and the rights of the individual to move to centre stage. Stars that choose to combine their ability to command attention with the desire to support a good cause or send an ethical/political message could see their shares sky rocket now, provided they project sincerity and tolerance, and avoid becoming hypocritical, judgemental or overly preachy.

Those with Leo rising or Leo suns are likely to experience this as a positive and expansive time, during which you can succeed at almost anything you put your mind to, so think big and don’t be afraid to take risks. Bold moves and big gambles may just pay off now.

KEY ASPECTS/THEMES

This month, we have a number of cosmic power days to look forward to.Pick your key date/s from the list below, depending on what you want to achieve or cultivate, and mark them in your diary.

Self-actualisation, self-advancement, self-mastery
Sun trine Saturn – 9 July
If you’re looking to create more emotional stability or financial security, be more self-sufficient or self-actualising as a family or better master your emotions around food or children, then this is the day to pick. The Sun in Cancer pairs up with Saturn in Scorpio today, allowing you to combine powerful and transformative structures or processes with emotional strength and the wisdom of self-knowledge to overcome bad habits, realise personal goals and transform domestic situations. Right now, you have the ability to change your personal circumstances or lifestyle, provided you can harness your emotions and follow through on plans. This is a time to add positive structures to day-to-day life and to bring passion and feeling to all that you do.

Self-belief, self-confidence, optimism, having the courage of your convictions
Sun conjunct Jupiter – 24 July
With the Sun and Jupiter due to meet in Leo today, this is an excellent time to shine. You’re likely to feel optimistic about the future now and have confidence and enthusiasm in spades, making it a good moment to take to the stage, make a sermon, teach by example or have the courage to stand up for what you believe in. If you’re hungry for recognition, then this is also a great time in which to demonstrate to others what you are made of. Higher-ups should also prove to be tolerant, magnanimous – even generous, so if you need a pardon or favour, this is the right moment to ask.

Elevated ideas, refined self-expression, peak creative experiences, intuitive abilities
Mercury trine Neptune – 19 July
If certain words, concepts or ideas have been eluding you recently, then today, things should finally slot into place. Mercury and Neptune will help you to seamlessly combine logic, creativity and intuitive abilities so that you can explain obscure subjects, solve tricky problems or grasp complex ideas with ease. This is an excellent day for practising meditation or visualisation techniques, revelling in the wisdom of a poet, mystic or guru or expressing yourself through the medium of film or photography. Introducing spirituality or mindfulness techniques into your studies, speeches or discussions could also prove to be highly beneficial now.

Love, romance, artistic inspiration
Venus trine Neptune – 24 July
If love, poetry and romance are what you are yearning for, then this could very well be your day. Right now, lovers will be ever so romantic and attentive; and loved ones, more sensitive to your needs than usual. If you are artistic, then it’s possible that you will be blessed with waves of inspiration now, something that can be encouraged through the use of music, contact with water, meditation or lyrical movement. Creative partnerships flow and people can put aside their egos and collaborate selflessly at this time.

Polished speeches, strong family ties, transformative emotional realisations
Mercury trine Saturn – 25 July
If you need to refine a piece of writing, simplify or polish a speech, or reinvent yourself politically or publicly, then this is an excellent day to do so. Mercury, in touchy feely Cancer, combines with magnetic and compelling Saturn in Scorpio today to help you ooze charm and charisma, as well as put forward your ideas convincingly – great for those in the food or domestic energy business, or anyone in politics or research. It will also provide you with the self-honesty and emotional insights needed to make real leaps forward psychologically, especially when it comes to family dynamics.

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June 2014 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for June 2014…

June 2014 sees both Mercury and Neptune turn retrograde, which could result in a bit of a slow-down in communications and the turnaround of official paperwork. It is also the month of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. To find out more about this could mean for us earthlings, 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 GEMINI – 28 May 2014

Following on from the solar eclipse in Taurus, this New Moon in Gemini begins a fresh month-long cycle in affairs related to communication, travel, the media, education, politics and of course, all forms of transport. If you are thinking of purchasing any new household gadgets or family computers, just bear in mind that Mercury, ruler of Gemini, is due to retrograde this month, so you are best off doing so either before June the 8th, or after July the 2nd when Mercury stations in Gemini, having retraced its steps all the way back through Cancer and into its own sign.

FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – 13 June 2014

As we head towards World Cup madness, it seems rather apt that the day after the official start of this global sporting event, we have a Full Moon in sporty Sagittarius. Symbolising the culmination of several years of organising on behalf of the Brazilian hosts; and training, on the part of the teams involved, this Full Moon is likely to see everyone in high spirits, feeling optimistic about their country’s prospects and still pretty tolerant of fans from other parts of the world. For those not interested in sport, this is likely to mean a time of finishing off higher education projects, writing exams or preparing to go on/come back from a foreign trip. In comparison to last month’s Scorpio Full Moon, this one should be fairly plainsailing, if a little emotional.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO CANCER – 21 June 2014

Once again, the Sun’s ingress into caring and nurturing Cancer at 11h51 BST marks the summer solstice, meaning that we have reached the halfway point of the year. Cancer is a water sign, making it very relationship-oriented, especially when it comes to to close family members and those who feature strongly in an individual’s domestic environment or daily life. It is therefore a time when home, security and a sense of belonging become very important issues. Lucky and expansive Jupiter, currently in this sign, is nearing the end of its stay in Cancer, so if you still want to make use of its benefic influence to extend your home, enlarge your family, enhance your sense of financial security or improve relations with an estranged relative, then this is the month to do so.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout June 2014

RETROGRADES & STATIONS

Mercury & Neptune Retrograde: 8/10 June 2014

In keeping with their annual cyclical movements, both Mercury and Neptune are both due to turn retrograde this month – Neptune, on the 10th until mid-November 2014; and Mercury, from the 8th of June until the 2nd of July.

Given that both planets are currently located in zodiac signs that they traditionally rule, this could be an especially significant retrograde period when we really notice a slow-down or need for review in the areas that these signs rule, notably travel, politics, communication, drugs/pharmaceuticals and large bodies of water.

Wherever possible, plan holiday trips carefully, allow plenty of time to get visas or legal documents approved, and watch out for misunderstandings and deception. You may also want to be especially careful of taking a new drug or type of medicine – it’s possible you could have a reaction of sorts, especially if Neptune is at all connected to your natal sixth house.

On the plus side, it is an excellent time to get plans concerning a swimming pool, pond or lake on your property reviewed, reminisce through all family photographs, go over media or political strategies or get a gadget fixed.

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Venus into Taurus: 29 May – 23 June 2014

Towards the end of May, the planet of love, sensuality and creativity ingressed into earthy Taurus where she will remain for most of June. Being one of the signs that she traditionally rules, this is likely to be an especially pleasant time during which you may feel drawn to indulgence and physical enjoyment on a pretty basic level, from savouring a decadent dessert at home on the couch, to a fragrant oil massage at the spa, to the way a luxurious fabric feels against your skin. This is a great time to revel in the beauty of the natural world, do what you can to enhance your appearance naturally, or simply become more aware of the pleasure you get through your five senses. Creatively, your aesthetic sense of what works and what doesn’t will be almost instinctive, so don’t over-think things: allow yourself to be led by your first reaction to something because it will probably be pretty spot-on. Romance-wise, you’re likely to be drawn to someone who excites you on a very basic/primitive level, perhaps due to a gravelly voice, definite physical presence or warm sense of touch. Let your body’s reaction be your guide right now, and you won’t go far wrong.

Mercury into Cancer: 29 May – 17 June 2014

For the first half of June, don’t be surprised if you feel a little shy and retiring about expressing yourself or your ideas than usual. With Mercury in the sensitive sign of Cancer, your communicative and intellectual urges will be less extrovert than usual and more inward- and backward-looking. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re overcome with a touch of nostalgia – during this period, memories from your childhood could well prove to be a rich source of inspiration for you, so dig in and use what you can to bring a speech, lesson or piece of written work alive. Your mother, or a maternal figure, could also influence the way you think about a particular issue right now. Although not in itself a bad thing, it may help you to be aware that right now, you may be thinking more subjectively, and making decisions from a much more emotive place than usual. Mercury’s ingress into nurturing but secretive Cancer will be cut a little short as a result of its change in direction mid-month, though not for long – it will re-enter Cancer in July, so don’t worry if you get caught short – there’ll plenty of time for another trip down memory lane next month.

KEY ASPECTS/THEMES

RELATIONSHIP SHIFTS: Venus trine Pluto (9 June), opposition Saturn (13 June), sextile Jupiter (18 June)

Major creative and relationship shifts are in the air this June as Venus makes a dramatic trine to Pluto on June the 9th, followed swiftly by an opposition to Saturn on the 13th. The theme during June therefore seems to be very much ‘out with the old or outdated’ and ‘in with a new and healthier’ variety of interaction or way of being creative.

If you have been stuck in a relationship rut, or have been harbouring a gnawing feeling that a current family dynamic, working partnership, creative direction or romantic relationship is not healthy or constructive, then the Venus-Pluto trine on the 9th this is the perfect time to suggest changes, issue ultimatums or perhaps even cut your losses.

Given that this is a trine, it seems unlikely that maters will come to this – you’re more likely to have a massive spring clean than break up with someone – but if they do, then just remeber that as one door closes, another is bound to open. And this month, that door may open sooner than you think. In fact, thanks to a Venus-Jupiter sextile on the 18th, you can expect some really caring and nurturing people or situations to enter your life quite soon, so you need to make sure that you are ready for them.

This could mean being a little ruthless, or just not settling for second best on the 13th when Venus opposes Saturn. This aspect is asking you to set better personal boundaries and learn when to compromise and when to say no unequivocally. Striking a balance between keeping things as they are for the sake of it, and reducing your commitments fairly drastically if they are non-essential or don’t bring you any joy or satisfaction is the way to deal with this type of astrological influence most effectively. Given the Venus-Pluto trine on the 9th, it’s possible that you may break up with someone, or give them an ultimatum; only to have them beg you to take them back, or act as though nothing has changed, on the 13th. If you know that someone is bad for you (perhaps they are abusive or dishonest) or has no intention of committing to you, then you may just need to be strong and use Saturn to keep them from trying to weasel their way back into your life (think Binky & Alex in ‘Made in Chelsea’). Aesthetically, less is more, so when in doubt, it’s probably best to pare things down to their bare essence.

If you’re single, it’s entirely possible that you might meet someone new during the Venus-Neptune sextile at the beginning of the month (4 June) who seems too good to be true. If so, it is a distinct possibility that they may not turn out to be who you thought they were by the time Venus squares Neptune (29th). One way to find out whether this is the case is to test them using the Venus-Pluto and Venus-Saturn contacts to see if a) they can survive a little drama; and b) if they have any staying power.

If they fail, then don’t waste any time trying to fit a square peg into a round hole – simply allow fate to take its course and move on, knowing that a) life is too short, and b) Jupiter has some much better prospects in store, come the 18th.

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May 2014 Astro-Insights

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Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for May 2014…

After the twists and turns of April, May should be a lot smoother sailing. In fact, things promise to get rather auspicious mid-month when planetary heavyweights, Jupiter and Saturn, form another trine to each other – the third since July 2013.    To find out more, 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 TAURUS – 29 April 2014

Late last month, the New Moon eclipsed the Sun in the sign of Taurus, setting in motion a brand new six month cycle during which we all have the opportunity to consolidate our earnings and professional skills, improve our appearance, and make solid plans or arrangements to help secure our resources for the future. To help you make the most of this positive, grounding energy, I have written a FREE in-depth  guide, which you can access by visiting my Eclipse Forecast page.

FULL MOON IN SCORPIO – 14 May 2014

Following on from the Taurus New Moon will be a Full Moon in Scorpio, which is certain to throw up themes around the use or abuse of power, especially within the family or domestic environment, as well as the emotional issue of shared resources. Often these two subjects are closely intertwined, especially when it comes to gender roles and duties around the home or family, and the different values that society places on domestic responsibilities vs. household financial contributions. Traditionally, when it comes to such arrangements, it is the woman who manages the home and the man who goes out to work. And yet, when things go wrong within a family, the often very selfless and dedicated contribution of the homemaker goes unacknowledged, particularly with regards to the division assets in splits or divorces.

As a result, the power balance within household or family relationships is very often skewed in favour of the party who goes out to work and ‘brings home the bacon’.  And yet, if it weren’t for the skillful and tireless work of the stay-at-home partner, the other member would not be able to function as efficiently or enjoy the benefits of a well-run, happy home. Certainly, they might have less time for leisure pursuits if they had to take on extra domestic responsibilities such as cooking and laundry. They might even have to pay someone to keep their household running if they work long hours, and it usually only at this juncture that the value of these seemingly menial tasks becomes clear. It is these types of issues” – of what exactly constitutes a valuable joint resource – and how duties or financial burdens are shared, that could be thrown up at the time of the Full Moon.

Other topics which could come up around now include plumbing problems like blocked drains, as well as the culmination of discussions or projects concerning tunnels or underground boreholes, the rubber stamp on recycled goods proposals, or the restoration or sale of an antique.

This is a also good time to detox or go for a colon cleanse, as well as tackle psychologically difficult or taboo topics that need sorting out  – with such a lot of Scorpio energy around, you’re likely to be more interested in getting to the truth of a matter than protecting your modesty or humouring the more conservative elements of society. All of which could prove to be rather empowering ultimately!

Solar Phases

SUN INTO GEMINI – 21 May 2014

The Sun will ingress into curious and gregarious Gemini at 03h59 BST on the 21st of May, setting in motion a month-long in which to concentrate on improving your personal communication styles, making the most of any educational or learning opportunities that facilitate your intellectual development,  or focus on ways to expand your network of influential associates. Short business trips or the commute to work may also feature strongly between now and the Sun’s ingress into Cancer, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself visiting a car showroom or bike store. The day before, Mars will station in Libra, a move that will lead it to back towards a trine with the Sun on the 31st, so expect themes revolving around personal effectiveness or motivation, physical strength and vitality, as well as self-confidence and assertion within relationships to be added to the mix from this date onwards until month end.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout May 2014

RETROGRADES & STATIONS

Mars Direct: 20/1 May 2014

Since March this year, Mars has been hampered somewhat in its effectiveness by a retrograde spell, which has seen the planet of assertivenss and physical vitality retracing its steps through relationship-oriented Libra. Compromise and deliberation are not the strong suit of Mars, hence its detrimented condition in this sign, so this must have been hard, if not downright frustrating, particularly for those whose natal horoscopes feature Aries/Mars strongly.

For the last two months, particularly around mid-April, Mars may have been prompting you to look back at past relationship decisions, as well as reassess your current methods of dealing with conflict to see whether there are places where perhaps you might want to assert yourself a little differently, or do more to ensure that your personal needs are met. Perhaps you have compromised when really, you should have taken a firmer stand; or conversely, confused aggression with assertiveness, leading to stand-offs or arguments that may not have been necessary?

Either way, Mars’ involvement in April’s Grand Cross, makes it seem likely that you may well have learnt your lesson the hard way, and are now keen to find opportunities to make amends or sort things out with others, business or romantic partners in particular.

Good days in which to right wrongs, or make amends are the 12th (for remedying past hurts) and the 31st. The latter is especially good for those who find it difficult to defend themselves or be more assertive about their personal needs. Fairness, balance, equality and the law are all likely to provide suitable remedies for your current predicament, so if you are at all unsure of how to proceed, then look to these qualities as a benchmark for how to move the situation forward.

PLANETARY INGRESSES

Venus into Aries: 03  – 28 May 2014

Passionate and fiesty are two words I would use to describe Venus in Aries. After all the softness and romance of Pisces, Venus (and you) may be ready for a different kind of loving or form of artistic expression. Think bold, be direct and act gutsy. This no time to be a shrinking violet, especially in love. if you like someone, let them know – Aries is not a subtle sign, so if this sounds like your style of doing things, then embrace  the opportunity to take the lead in love. Excitement, risk and novelty are all likely to get your motor running now, so make a point of trying to find positive outlets for this excitable energy and you’ll be amazed at what you discover and/or achieve now. Artistically, bright colours, sharp contrasts and vibrant sounds or textures are all favoured now, so don’t be shy to take a creative risk and see where it leads. Who knows, you could end up developing a whole new style or artistic technique.

Mercury into Gemini: 07 – 29 May 2014

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!

KEY ASPECTS

Minor grand trine with Sun, Chiron, Jupiter-Moon & Pluto: 4-6 May

May gets off to a rollicking start with a minor grand trine crowned by the Sun in Taurus. This configuration, which is set to take place over 2 days, starting on May the 4th, will engage several of the mischief-making planets implicated in last month’s Cardinal Grand Cross, including Jupiter and Pluto. As a result, it is highly probable that you could see a continuation of some of the developments or affairs raised then – though now, they are likely to manifest in a more positive way.

Unlike April, then, this conglomeration of transits should offer plenty of opportunities for reform, transformation and healing, especially when it comes to family rifts and disagreements. If you were hit with life-changing news concerning a family member, your childhood home, job or finances in April, then you could get an opportunity now to take steps to push the situation in a more positive direction.

With the Sun so prominent in this astrological grouping, it seems likely that a reliable and practical male figure, possibly a leader or patriarch in the family, could prove pivotal in your discussions or plans. Perhaps he can offer some sage advice, or help you to make some savvy money decisions. Whatever occurs, know that being honest and open about your situation, and speaking from the heart is the best way forward.

When it comes to healing family rifts, a  confident but sincere and compassionate attitude should go along way to offset any damage caused last month and make people more open to what you have to say than the last time around.

The key to riding this particular wave is to be patient and consistent in the way you approach the situation – being methodical and staying the course will eventually bring about positive results. As the Desiderata says:

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Wise words.  A better description of a Sun-Taurean approach would be hard to find.

Jupiter trine Saturn: 24 May

After the rather tense and challenging transits that came with last month’s Cardinal Grand Cross most people will be looking forward to a bit of good news. Fortunately May brings us a nice big dollop of sunshine in the form of a Jupiter-Saturn trine  – the third in 10 months. The last two contacts took place in mid-July and early December 2013. So, you may want to cast your mind back to these periods (or re-read my July 2013 and December 2013 Astro-Insights columns) to consider what types of events or themes are likely to re-enter the frame for you mid-May. 

Saturn is currently retrograde, so there is a strong likelihood that you may find yourself returning to resolve an existing problem, limitation or shortage, or one that may have cropped up previously, but which you were unable to get past at the time. This could have concerned some kind of power struggle or problem with an authority figure, such as falling foul of a draconian rule/law/regulation, or encountering difficulties with a formidable and stubborn older person entrenched in their ways; plumbing issues or difficulties with building foundations, underground pipes or cable systems; shortages of fuel such as oil, coal or petrol;  or even some kind of serious ailment related to the teeth, skin or bones.

Alternatively, you may have recently been through a few problems and upsets at home or within the family – Jupiter’s involvement in the Cardinal Grand Cross means that upheaval and turmoil in this area of your life is a distinct possibility.

If so, then you’ll be relieved to know that, thanks to fresh developments or help from a caring expert or teacher, liberal religious leader, or very capable legal or cultural representative, these can now be tackled and overcome.  The key is retain hope and a sense of optimism, whilst also remaining open to suggestion. It could simply be a case of changing perspective or your beliefs about the outcome of certain situations, especially regarding food, security and family.

With Jupiter involved,  its possible that a paradigm shift of sorts, or perhaps an acceptance of certain familial obligations, extra work responsibilities or new dietary regimens could help you to view your position in a totally different light – less as a burden and more of a sign of your competence and standing within the family or community. Alternatively, a leap of faith intellectually or decision to view things from a more holistic perspective could enable you to identify a solution to a conundrum that you might not have entertained before, so don’t assume you know everything, and stay positive.

Whatever your circumstances, combining discipline and focus with enthusiasm and an open mind will certainly pay off around this time. What’s more, discoveries, developments or breakthroughs made now could well turn out to be the start of a really powerful and meaningful contribution to society at large, so don’t hold back – embrace your position within a clan or community and make your efforts count. You may be surprised at what you manage to achieve.

Mercury sextile Venus: 28 May

A great day in which to indulge your senses, or enjoy some good food in easy company is the 28th when Venus and Mercury combine forces to create the perfect atmosphere for socialising. Think in terms of a cosy dinner party at home for someone you love, a spa visit or special meal with treasured friends or close family members, and you can’t go wrong. Using your social connections to acquire something beautiful, like an artwork for your home, or designer clothing for a cruise, are also favoured now.  

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April 2014 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for April 2014…

April is likely to go down as a headline month this year. Not only does it mark the beginning of the 2014 eclipse season, but it also features a series of major meetings between planetary heavyweights Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto throughout the month, culminating in a cardinal grand cross, the likes of which has not been seen since 2010. To find out more, 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 ARIES – 30 March 2014

On March the 30th, we experienced a New Moon in Aries. The lunar equivalent of the solar ingress that marked the Spring Equinox, this particular lunation set in motion a fresh month-long cycle in personal and domestic affairs during which youth, novelty, new personal initiatives, independent decisions and individual action are all emphasised. The next few weeks is therefore likely to be a time when courage, bravery and going out on a limb may be the only real option if you wish to stay true to yourself and keep up with the pace of events, which will probably be rather brisk now. The key will be to get your timing right though – too soon and you may miss the mark, too late and you’ll miss the boat.

TOTAL FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE IN LIBRA – 15 April 2014

Relationships of all kinds, including diplomatic ones, may be in for a shake-up at the Full Moon this month when the Libra Moon is eclipsed by an Aries Sun. Leaders and new leadership are emphasised now, so don’t be too surprised if there are a few management shake-ups at work and in politics over the next month or so. This lunar eclipse, which peaks at 08h42 BST (03h42 EST/09h42 SAST) happens to coincide with a Venus-Pluto sextile, which suggests that any changes to the status quo within key relationships, especially those between members of the establishment, are likely to be for the better but may involve conflict and heated exchanges before they are resolved.

With a grand cross involving Mars, Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus and Mercury also active, this particular eclipse could prove to be an especially powerful time during which you may be called upon to take drastic action or turn things up a notch when it comes to defending a family member or way of life that may come under sudden attack now from hardliners or those hell bent on controlling the situation for their own personal gain.

Expect the rules of political engagement to get flipped on their head too as questions surrounding fair play, equality and peace take centre stage. Russia and Crimea could well be the catalyst for what could be a dramatic and eventful time in world history, with war, or at least the threat of it, a distinct possibility now.

On a personal level, this particular event is urging you to close the door on any ongoing issues relating to relationship commitments, business agreements or legal wrangles that have been prominent for the last six months. Now is the time to either kiss and make-up or pack up and move on. The choice will boil down to how you feel emotionally when you’re around significant others. If you feel stifled and overly compromised, then it may be time to cut ties. If you do decide to cut loose, then just remember that sometimes you have lose sight of the known in order to discover new territory. In the words of Andre Gide, though, “”To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.””

Solar Phases

SUN INTO TAURUS – 20 April 2014

This month the Sun will ingress into patient and earthy Taurus at 03h55 BST on the 20th of April. As a result, it should be a good month in which to consolidate your finances, improve your appearance, and indulge in sensual pleasures such as eating, massages and surrounding yourself with wonderful perfumes and odours. It is also an excellent time to direct your attention to traditionally Taurean activities such as banking, fashion, food, agriculture, gardening, property and singing.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout April 2014

Retrogrades and Stations

Pluto Retrograde: 15 April – 23 September

At the same time as the lunar eclipse in Libra, Pluto, the planet par excellence of transformation, reinvention and survival, will station in ambitious and determined Capricorn, from where it will slowly backtrack over old ground until late September 2014. This offers us the chance to consider whether any recent changes initiated during this year’s Pluto-Jupiter oppositions really do go far enough in addressing social tensions such as youth unemployment versus old age pensions, the sanctity of the family unit versus state control of things like the birth rate (I am thinking here especially of China and how their one child rule may affect those who lost family in the MH 370 disaster), as well as policies concerning debt reduction and austerity versus growth and economic stimulus.

Such issues are likely to become activated on the 20th and 21st of April when Pluto and Jupiter cross swords. Complicating the situation further will be Uranus, which joins them to form a T-square, making things a little more volatile. Things could shift in the blink of an eye, so be prepared to deal with long standing problems or concerns that could suddenly flare into major tensions, accidents or stand-offs as a result of faulty technology, misplaced vigilante-ism stoked up by social media or anti-social behaviour.

On a personal level, these transits, which are ongoing throughout April, are also likely to coincide with important milestones in family or domestic life, such as births, marriages, deaths and divorces. Think of all the occasions, both good and bad, that tend to bring people together across the generations and you will have a fair idea of the types of rites of passage that I am referring to.

The solution to all this tension and anxiety could turn out to be something you have already talked about or considered but dismissed prematurely. Finding a way to express your beliefs and political or cultural ideals authentically without causing offense or being oppressed and controlled by others is another element of this particular challenge, something that is likely to find social expression through subjects such as gay rights, laws governing online behaviour such as cyber bullying, as well as the social and moral obligations of big business in helping or harming society at large.

Planetary Ingresses

Venus into Pisces: 05 April – 03 May 2014

This month, the planet of love, sensuality and creativity ingresses into sensitive and imaginative Pisces, the sign of its exaltation. This move is one of the positive headlines of the month and should bode well for beauty and arts-related projects, especially those that involve cleansing, water, film or photography. A subtle element of romance, poetry and glamour is likely to pervade the air for the next four weeks or so. If you’ve been keen to indulge your softer side or are keen to fall in love, then this is an excellent time to let go, put yourself out there and open up. Especially great days for love, creativity and togetherness are the 18th, when Venus trines Jupiter – excellent for home decorating, cooking or renovation projects; as well as the 25th when a Venus-Saturn trine could result in a marriage proposal or recording contract. So, as you can see – April is not all doom and gloom! Make time for love, music, and poetry this month and your soul will be able to weather any storm that blows your way now. Think of the movie ‘Life is Beautiful’ and you have some great inspiration for how to get through difficult times without becoming too jaded and cynical.

Key Aspects

Cardinal Grand Cross: 20-22 April

Revolutionary transformation is in the air this spring as several planets, including Mars, Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto get ready to square up to each other in a massive grand cross, which peaks mid-month. Not since summer 2010 have we seen this much action in the cardinal signs! Just like back then, we can expect major shifts in the political and economic landscape, especially with regards to energy security, as well as our fair share of challenging personal circumstances, possibly emanating from within the family or domestic unit.

In addition to issues concerning diet, fitness and wellbeing, don’t be surprised if the generation gap also comes into sharp focus this month. Social values are changing and with it, the place of the individual in relation to society. Unlike our grandparents’ generation, we no longer subscribe to the idea of social conformity and community cohesiveness as being more important than the rights of the individual. But this has come at a cost to our society and sense of belonging – loneliness amongst the elderly and feelings of alienation amongst young people are growing. Now, thanks to the grand cross, these issues can be tackled and addressed head on, provided we have the courage to shake things up a little.

This is, then, not a time to shy away from speaking your truth and telling it like it is. Don’t be surprised if you are challenged to stand up for what you believe in, and possibly even fight to defend your principles or way of life. If this feels daunting, remember that every political movement or social tipping point began with a private resolution or decision on the part of many individuals. You can make a difference. Social media has shown us the power of likeminded people joining together for a particular cause. So if you are called upon to throw your hat into the ring, don’t be afraid of doing so – chances are you are not alone, and that things can really improve for the better, but there is only one way to find out.

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March 2014 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for March 2014…

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 PISCES – 1 March 2014

During March, time and lunar cycles converge as the New Moon and new month converge on the same day – the 1st of March. This month is quite interesting because on March 30, we will experience a second new moon, this time in Aries – not quite a blue moon as this term is reserved for two FULL moons in one month, but nonetheless, this should contribute to the fresh, spring-like energy in the air as we head towards the Spring Equinox. To add to the air of optimism and new possibilities, there will be a Jupiter trine, which takes places around the time of the Sun-Moon conjunction in the early hours of Saturday morning. For details about this, see the Key Aspects section lower down.

FULL MOON IN VIRGO – 16 March 2014

Anything related to writing, editing, diet, health and wellbeing is likely to be a source of emotional preoccupation around March 16 when the Full Moon in Virgo brings a month-long cycle to its natural climax. If you’re a critic or commentator, then it’s possible that a certain topic on which you have developed a level of expertise or on which you have strong opinions will fall under the spotlight. Expect either praise or scrutiny, depending on how well-founded your opinions or assertions have been in fact. If you’ve been considering a change in diet or visiting a health practitioner such as a herbalist, then this is a good time to take action or schedule an appointment.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO ARIES – 20 March 2014

This year, the Spring Equinox, marked by the Sun’s ingress into the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, will take place at 16h57 GMT on March the 20th, which is 11h57 EST or 18h57 SAST. Rather like the New Moon, this marks the beginning of the agricultural and astrological year, at least in the northern hemisphere, and the beginning of Spring. This is one of the reasons why the first sign of the zodiac is Aries the Ram, because this is the time when the new lambs are born. In our Western culture where the warrior or hero archetype reigns supreme, this is a fitting symbol – Aries is fearless, pioneering and bold, like its ruling planet Mars, which in Roman times, governed both war and the fertility of plants. This is therefore a good time to begin new initiatives, take bold action and venture out on your own. Self-development, self-determined action and rugged individualism are all qualities favoured under this sign, so like the hero of so many myths, why not set off on a new and exciting adventure or brand new chapter in your life?

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout March 2014

Retrogrades and Stations

Mars Retrograde: 1 March – 21 May 2014

Rather ironically, considering the Spring Equinox, Mars, planet of action, physical vitality and self-motivation, changes direction at the beginning of March, thus beginning 12 or so weeks of retrograde motion in Libra – its polar opposite sign. Mars is traditionally in detriment in Libra, and is now further weakened by its retrograde status, so don’t be surprised if you become uncharacteristically indecisive or lacking in motivation or conviction during this period.

If you are having doubts about a relationship, or feel that things are a bit out of balance in terms of fairness or equality within a work partnership, then this is a good time in which to review the situation and make some changes. Legal decisions or political reforms may also need re-evaluating if impractical, biased or discriminatory. Areas most likely to undergo revisions include regulations relating to surgery or minor medical procedures involving needles such as cosmetic injections, as well as military agreements or ceasefires, discrimination or unlawful conduct by members of armed forces, and differences of opinion/policy within political parties.

Jupiter Direct: 6 March 2014

Definitely living up to the reputation of Mars, its ruling planet, March is very much a month of movement and action. As the month gets underway, several planets return to forward motion, including planet of expansion and abundance, Jupiter. Expect a sense of optimism and faith to return to family matters, as well as activities or projects involving motherhood/conception/birth, cooking/food, the home/household effects or affairs.

Consumer confidence could begin to increase now, leading to better results for the retail sector, especially in groceries and household items, and good trading for small businesses like tea or coffee shops and babywear. A bullish air could also begin to pervade our financial networks, leading to a short-term boom in house prices and record trading on the stock market. Despite the doom and gloom predictions of a 20% correction in share prices on the FTSE 100, I think that with Saturn due to retrograde on March the 2nd, it’s possible that the party could go on until mid-July – there will be little to restrain those willing to take big risks during this time.

However, those who have lived through the last phase of boom (Jupiter) and bust (Saturn) would do well to remember what happened in 2008 and practice some caution because, as I have said before, Jupiter could also be equated with levels of inflation, which if consistently high, will trigger the Bank of England to raise interest rates, which could bring things to a screeching halt. Furthermore, once Saturn stations in July, the screws will be turned on unsound practices or investments, leading to that much-discussed ‘market correction’ predicted by some city analysts.

My advice then: Use the return to abundance thinking and optimism to inject more joy and meaning into family relationships and pursuits, never forget what is really important (not money!) and remain true to your beliefs and morals. If you do so, then you’re unlikely to go wrong, especially now that Jupiter has returned to forward motion.

Saturn Retrograde: 2 March – 21 July 2014

Saturn, considered to be the great stabiliser and regulator of the skies is once again due for its annual retrograde spell. During this period, it is likely that the brakes may come off the financial system, which along with Jupiter’s return to direct motion, could lead to inflated prices, increased consumer spending and less interest in regulations or laws that curb or limit power and behaviour, especially in the energy sector.

On a personal level, you may feel less inhibited or shy than usual, instead seeking out situations that allow you to express yourself more openly or have a little more fun than usual. This is especially true if you have a prominent Saturn in your natal chart, such as Capricorn rising or Saturn in the first house.

You may care less about conforming to social rules of behaviour, or of bowing to the wishes of parents, bosses or mentors, especially if you feel they have been overly strict or are abusing their position.

Don’t be surprised if there are calls for a review of the energy sector, or of power structures within well-established organisations or hierarchies, such as the English aristocracy, where you still have to be male to inherit family wealth or property, as well as the House of Lords, which many liberal politicians object to, since the appointment of peers can be for life and does not involve elections of any kind.

Career mobility is another possible issue that may come up between now and May 2014. Unlike America, where success is supposed to depend on merit, rather than your social connections, status or background, little has changed in the UK when it comes to who is able to get ahead in the world. According to several commentators, “Britain is a deeply unfair meritocracy” in which those who went to expensive private schools still dominate the top careers and elite positions in British society.

Although generally frowned upon by many liberal societies, being well-educated remains the single best way to move up in the world here in the UK. The Conservative Party, led by Eton-schooled David Cameron, is often accused of being elitist and out of touch with the concerns of ordinary working and middle class men and women. It remains to be seen whether this will become a major criticism/drawback for the UK electorate in the lead-up to the next general elections. Between now and mid-May, don’t be surprised if this becomes the topic of many a headline or news story. Elitism, corruption and nepotism are all issues that could rear their ugly heads over the next few weeks.

Planetary Ingresses

Mercury back into Pisces: 17 March 2014

Now that Mercury has ended its retrograde period, it will begin to retrace its steps through Aquarius, re-entering Pisces mid-month, which should give you a chance to rectify all those mistakes and hiccups caused by cloudy thinking, poor planning and loose lips. The next few weeks should also be a very creative and spiritually uplifting time when intuition and inspiration are strong. So banish your fears, stop scolding yourself for not being able to think logically and concentrate on opening yourself up to the wisdom and beauty that is all around you. If you’re a sensitive individual emotionally, or are particularly prone to allergies, then you may want to take extra precautions when out and about to avoid being caught short or overwhelmed by aggravating individuals or foods/allergens. You may also want to schedule in regular rest periods or spa visits to allow you to regain your energy levels or else you could become a little drained by the 7th of April when Mercury again changes signs.

Venus into Aquarius: 05 March 2014

After spending over four months in Capricorn, Venus finally ingresses into progressive and unconventional Aquarius. This is likely to mean a resurgence in androgynous fashion styles, unusual accessories or grooming products and an interest in unconventional romances, whether this unlikely couples or gay/transsexual/bi-sexual issues. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself feeling a bit cooler and more detached about relationships or want to spend more time by yourself – this is the independent side of Aquarius talking, encouraging you not to lose your individuality. You may also fall for the most inappropriate people romantically. If you consider this a phase and don’t get too hung-up about it, then you’re less likely to get stressed out and wonder if your parents/family will disown you. Enjoy exploring alternative cultures or art forms that do now. Marrying technology and art or matchmaking is another fruitful area to explore if you are looking or novel ways to make money or express yourself creatively. </span.

Key Aspects

Sun & Sun trine Jupiter: 01 March 2014

Since the buoyancy of the Jupiter-Saturn trine of December 13 2013, some of us have been through the mill a bit in the last two months. What with all the dark clouds cast by the negative Jupiter aspects that took place in January (Jupiter-Pluto opposition Jan 31st) and February (Jupiter-Uranus square 26 Feb), you’d be forgiven for thinking that a silver lining was never going to materialise.

Now, however, the good vibes return! As March gets underway, the Sun, symbol of self-expression and identity, combines with the benevolent and expansive rays of Jupiter, to provide an air of confidence and hope that things CAN turn out well in the end, despite all the recent up’s and down’s.

This is an excellent time to promote yourself or your abilities, make an effort to restore good relations with family members and make in-roads into improving or extending your home, especially your kitchen. Allowing the private areas of your life to really reflect who you are is what this aspect is all about. If you’d like to set up your own cookery school or family-run business, now is also a good time to approach backers and local authorities to get their blessing for your plans.

Local events and activities should also go extremely well now, especially if they have charitable aims. Remember that the Sun is still in caring and compassionate Pisces, so this is not the time to be selfish or self-serving. Win-win situations and contributing to the greater good is what this aspect is truly about, so leave your ego at home for now. It’ll be a most meaningful and rewarding time if you do.

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February 2014 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for February 2014…

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 AQUARIUS – 30 January 2014

Towards the end of January, we experienced a New Moon in Aquarius. This event, which also happened to be a Super Moon, began a fresh month-long cycle during which new technologies, software or apps, especially those that enhance our experiences around food, the home, or can be used to stay in touch with loved ones, is likely to be emphasised. For a refresher, simply visit my January Astro-Insights column.

FULL MOON IN LEO – 14 February 2014

Valentine’s Day this year looks to be super special. As well as being interesting numerologically – 14/02/2014, it is a Full Moon. Taking place at 23h53 GMT (18h53 EST/01h53 SAST) in the flamboyant sign of Leo, this particular phase of the annual lunar cycle is likely to coincide with dramatic declarations, lavish romantic gestures and plenty of fun. So put on your most dazzling smile, dress to impress and don’t do anything by halves would be my advice. Not really the year to forget, be cheap or too understated I’m afraid! My advice: Go big or go home. That’s Leo for you. On a more mundane level, this is also a good time to promote yourself or a pet project, especially if you are in the creative arts, as well as close a deal on luxury goods or items.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO PISCES – 18 February 2014

This year, the Sun will ingress into sensitive and compassionate Pisces on the 18th at 18h00 GMT (13h00 EST/20h00 SAST). Not long afterwards, on the 23rd to be precise, it makes a conjunction with the modern ruler of Pisces – watery Neptune. This creates an atmosphere in which the seemingly conflicting energies of ego/self-promotion vs. compassion/spirituality, drama vs. serenity are able to combine successfully. Creative endeavours are likely to be imbued with a certain subtle, if ethereal glamour. Personal or business initiatives involving cleansing or water, or which have a social enterprise or charitable dimension to them, are likely to go well now.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout February 2014

Retrogrades and Stations

Mercury Retrograde: 6 February 2014

Mercury will retrograde in Pisces for the first time this year, between 6-28 February. Thinking processes are likely to be cloudy or confused during this time, so don’t attempt anything too precise, like mathematical calculations or formulae, for example. When it comes to contracts and verbal agreements, an inability to clearly express what you mean or drive a hard bargain could lead to misunderstandings and raw deals. Be warned: deception and flakiness are both negative expressions of this transit, so be sure to ask people to confirm everything in writing and be careful who you choose to confide in because others may become a little loose-lipped or inadvertently let a secret slip out, leading to scandal.

Planetary Ingresses

Mercury back into Aquarius: 13 February 2014

With Mercury due to retrograde this month, the planet of travel and communications will be retracing its steps through the zodiac and re-entering Aquarius on the 13th, where it will remain for the rest of the month. Once Mercury does so, it is highly likely that breaches of online security may occur, so you want to take extra precautions when it comes to using mobile phone banking apps or making online purchases, especially on the 19th when Mercury squares Saturn. E-mails and text messages could also go awry now, leading to embarrassing or awkward social situations. You can also expect a return to certain situations or issues that may have preoccupied your thoughts and discussions during January. For a brief reminder of what these might be, visit my January 2014 Astro-Insights entry.

Key Aspects

Sun & Mercury trine Mars: 15-16 February

Over these two days, first the Sun and then Mercury will trine Mars in Libra, making it a great time for resolving ongoing relationship or legal problems, as well as making headway in political negotiations that may have ground to a halt. With Mercury retrograde, the key will be to use this dynamic, go-getting energy on pre-existing or past issues, rather than start new initiatives or projects. If you have been trying to promote a new technology, campaign for a political or social cause, or enlarge your network of influential friends and associates, then this is an excellent time in which to try and approach certain key individuals or groups again for a second bite at the apple. Motivation levels will be high now, allowing you to get to the bottom of a long-standing problem or hold-up, especially if it is one with a long history. Cutting through red tape, expressing yourself authentically and putting together technical reports are also favoured now.

Jupiter square Uranus: 26 February

A progression from the developments at the end of last month when Jupiter opposed Pluto, this square is likely to result in a fair amount of emotional tension and antagonism, especially when it comes to family or property matters, technology and it’s place in removing people from society, as well as the whole issue of greed and self-interest that seems to pervade the capitalist system, especially within industries such as banking. Given that the Cancer-Capricorn opposition between the positions of Jupiter and Pluto seemed to represent the State/powers that be versus the little guy/families, it seems likely that, with this astrological development, people’s sense of outrage at how little has changed since the crash of 2008 may now erupt into civil unrest, demonstrations or strikes. Rebelliousness of all kinds is likely, especially amongst teenage or young adult members of the family. Complications with a pregnancy, especially sudden and unexpected ones, may also arise now, so take extra care healthwise but also try not to panic – seeking out medical advice is the wisest course of action, rather than worrying or taking unnecessary risks. In fact, people’s judgement is very likely to be affected now, leading to impulsiveness, recklessness and a tendency to exaggerate or make hasty, perhaps premature pronouncements. Tension could also erupt between teams or small groups of people at home or at work, especially where one party wishes to take a leap of faith and others are more cautious and don’t like the idea of uncertainty. This difference of approach is also likely to be felt amongst investors in global markets – on the one hand, some people may be unrealistic optimistic in their estimations about the state of the global economy or the share price estimations of a particular company, leading to irresponsible trading or volatility in the marketplace; whilst others may be too suspicious of the unknown and afraid to do anything out of the ordinary, leading to stand-offs or an unwillingness to invest. This is likely to affect the housing and construction markets, as well as food, catering, anything to do with the military or medical machinery and tech companies. The thing to bear in mind is that Jupiter is still retrograde and will remain so until 6 March, so any form of expansion should probably be put off until then because it seems unlikely that new schemes or plans will really take off while Jupiter is in this weakened state.

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January 2014 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for January 2014…

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 CAPRICORN – 1 January 2014

If you are thinking of making some New Year’s resolutions, then 2014 should be a particularly good year in which to do so, thanks to a potent New Moon in Capricorn on January the 1st. Set to take place at 11h14 GMT (06h14 UTC/13h14 SAST), this serious but very ambitious in Super Moon is likely to motivate you to make your mark on the world stage, or at the very least, within your immediate social circle over the next year or so. Thanks to the involvement of Pluto and Mercury, any intentions or plans to improve or expand your current career or public status will carry added weight, so be sure to consider carefully what you’d like to achieve in the days prior to this powerful lunar event and then write down or affirm these clearly and articulately on the day in question, preferably at the exact time of the New Moon, or during the hour of the Moon (which you can easily work out using your astrology software or planetary hour calculator). Choosing to consider the wider ramifications of your goals and using any worldly influence at your disposal to create win-win situations, rather than ruthlessly advance your own position, will see you succeed on a rather grand scale. Any attempts at social reform, especially through the written or spoken word, or relating to education, are likely to be especially powerful now and over the coming year.

FULL MOON IN CANCER – 16 January 2014

Expect matters concerning childhood, family, household or property issues, food, shipping or sea travel to come to a head on or around January the 16th. Waxing to full at 04h52 GMT (06h52 SAST/23h52 EST on 15 Jan). This is a good time to round off discussions or plans concerning catering, possibly for a family event such as a birthday or wedding; or finalise household grocery budgets, maternity plans, and domestic property transactions or alterations. Visiting relatives, especially female ones, may well return home now, and the emphasis on family that was so strong over the Christmas holiday period will slowly begin to dissipate of its own accord. This is a great time to sell family heirlooms, seaside properties, food or items relating to home decor. It is also a good time to get more in tune with your bodily rhythms and emotions, which often provide early clues to stresses and cycle shifts long before you become aware of them consciously. Doing more to nurture yourself and reinforce your own and loved ones’ sense of security is also likely to be a major theme, as will women’s issues and matters related to motherhood, pregnancy and birth.

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS – 30 January 2014

The end of January 2014 will be marked by a second New Moon, this time in Aquarius, at around 21h38 GMT (16h38 EST/23h28 SAST). Unlike the previous New Moon, which was all about success and status in the traditional sense, this New Moon is all about less materialistic and more individualised conceptions of personal achievement, emotional authenticity and freedom of self-expression. Over the next month or so, any new ventures or social initiatives that have these values at their core are likely to gain traction. Getting involved with democratic movements or social enterprises is also likely to feel particularly satisfying on an emotional level. If you are keen to get in shape, then taking a novel or personalised approach to diet and exercise is likely to yield surprisingly positive results. The truth is that even though we all share the same biology, we are all made up of all different combinations of blood group, inherited genes and environments that make our bodies anything but one-size-fits-all when it comes to health and wellbeing. This is also a great time to start a new science or IT project, or form a new group or society, especially one that has humanitarian aims.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO AQUARIUS – 20 January 2014

This year, the Sun will ingress into Aquarius on January the 20th at 03h51 GMT. This marks the beginning of a month-long period during which there is likely to be an emphasis on events or ventures relating to democratic movements, human rights, science and technology. Funding or support for technological research, as well as campaigns aimed at improving gay rights or promoting the acceptance of fringe groups within society, are also likely to be prominent now. Political leaders may issue statements or make changes to their policies with regards to the monitoring and policing of online behavior, as well as reforms to same-sex marriage etc. On an individual level, this is a great time to introduce ways to express yourself more authentically, join a group of like-minded people or take action when it comes to promoting unusual art-forms, past-times or activities.

Astrological Overview of January 2014

Planetary Ingresses

Mercury into Aquarius: 11 January 2014

Mercury leaves conservative Capricorn and ingresses into quirky, open-minded Aquarius on January the 11th marking a 20-day period during which cultural tolerance, scientific intellectual pursuits and online forms of communication are strongly favoured, as are commercial, writing or research projects relating to IT, science or technology. Don’t be surprised if you feel inclined to communicate in a more honest, unpretentious or original way during this transit, or if your interest is piqued by some out of the ordinary, mathematical or esoteric pursuits. Fresh perspectives and blue sky thinking could lead to innovations and breakthroughs in the energy sector. Futuristic forms of transport such as electric cars, are also likely to be emphasised now. Don’t feel rushed into making your plans public until you’re ready, though – when Mercury retrogrades back into Aquarius next month, you’ll get a chance to fine-tune your work and make any revisions that may be required before it is ready for public consumption.

Mercury into Pisces: 31 January 2014

In much the same vein as December, fast-moving Mercury will change signs twice this month. After spending just under three weeks in eccentric Aquarius, the planet of commerce, communication and travel will ingress into sensitive and sympathetic Pisces on the 31st of January. For the next 10 days or so, expect to want to inject more emotion and feeling into your communications, and to be more inclined to listen closely to what people are saying in order to get what they are really saying. In fact, from an intellectual perspective, you are likely to be drawn to subtlety and complexity now – both creatively and psychologically, it will be the inflections and undertones, rather than the actual substance of what people write or say that will interest you at this time. Spirituality, ethics, and other touchy-feely subjects, including the right to life or to end one’s life, are also likely to be prevalent in the media, both during the first weeks of February and again in March when Mercury resumes forward motion. Creative self-expression, especially through the medium of film or photography is another way in which Mercury may choose to manifest during this transit.

Key Transits for January 2014

After the excess of food, family love-ins, and economic optimism that followed on from December’s Jupiter-Saturn trine, January’s first week will see a conflagration of planets in pragmatic Capricorn move in to introduce some balance and perspective to Jupiter in Cancer’s confidence and perhaps premature generosity. This Capricorn stellium, which includes both the luminaries, as well as Mercury, a retrograde Venus and Pluto, is likely to inject, possibly rather forcefully via a domineering male figure or know-it-all expert, a large dose of realism, which could well upset the applecart, particularly between the 1st and 5th.

Cancer and Capricorn are the same set of signs implicated during the Great Depression of the 1920’s, when Pluto was transiting through Cancer, decimating family life and removing all prospect of financial recovery or employment aspirations for many people. It is also very apt now, as Pluto, planet of power and survival, makes its way through the polar opposite sign of Capricorn, from where it forcefully opposes Jupiter’s upbeat passage through Cancer.

The trick during this challenging period is to strike a balance between unrealistic optimism and unrelenting pessimism. People need hope in order to keep going and sometimes naysayers are not actually seeing things as they really are, but are coming from a position of fear, especially of the unknown. The way to negotiate this challenging time will be to tap into your good judgement and gut instinct to establish where your responsibilities lie and what is good sense and practical advice, as opposed to doubt, gloom and cynicism or even envy and controlling behaviour.

During January, the worst two days in this particular phase of the Cancer-Capricorn struggle, are likely to be the 3rd and the 5th when first Mercury and then the Sun oppose Jupiter. On the 3rd, the Sun will also square Mars, which may indicate the possibility of arguments and relationship strife, political unrest, as well as the rather stressful combination of pressure and indecision. If you don’t know what to do for the best, try to delay making any choices until the 6th at the earliest when Saturn will weigh in, offering some important background information, incisive advice or penetrating insight into the situation that may well change your perspective somewhat.

However, with Mars also due to square Jupiter from Libra on the 8th, you won’t be completely out of the woods yet – avoid taking any risks, acting out at work or being too impulsive now because at month’s end, Pluto and Jupiter are due to clash heads, making it unlikely that the matter will be quickly resolved and raising the possibility that your actions or words could come back to bite you in a big way if you are not careful. In fact, relations with certain individuals, especially parents and authority figures, is likely to remain rocky, with further clashes and tense exchanges possible on the 16th and 25th.

Still, on the 11th, when the Sun and Venus sextile Saturn, reinforcements are likely to arrive possibly in the form of support, help or advice from a long-lost relative or childhood friend, so all is not lost.

With the outer planets involved, it is most likely that much of this drama will play out on the world stage, especially with regards to the state of the global economy. Although there are tentative signs of recovery from some quarters (Jupiter), many experts are still reluctant to proclaim the UK or the US financial systems on the upturn until this newfound optimism and growth begins to filter through to families and small businesses (Saturn/Capricorn) in the form of salary rises and real-term full-time job creation.

The moral of the story: remain circumspect for now and avoid taking any big risks until the situation stabilises and the prospect of a triple dip recession is well and truly no longer an option. Rather like a new-born baby, economic recovery is still a delicate and vulnerable thing that needs protecting and nurturing. That said, from an astrological point of view, it does also require some brave investors to be prepared to take small gambles with their money if the economic ball is to get rolling again, and for ordinary folk to feel hopeful enough not to give up striving to improve their situations, or eschew spending altogether. Clearly, we need both the optimism of Jupiter and the caution of Saturn in order to succeed.

Despite all the strife, there are also likely to be a few surprises along the way, care of Uranus, especially on the 17th and 29th – both good days to take a chance and act on your intuition. Technology could also play a role in providing innovative solutions to difficult problems at this time.

Venus will also station on the 31st, which should see relationships regain some of their sparkle, and the ghosts of the past once more recede into the background.

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December 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for December 2013…

December Astro-Insights Blog

Instead of publishing both my monthly astro-insights and blog all at once, I have decided to try and sync my astrology writing with the phases of the Moon. So, from now on,  the monthly Astro-Insights predictions will come out at the beginning of the month, close to the New Moon, whilst the Astro-Insights Blog will be published around the time of the Full Moon, mid-month. Notifications of any new posts will appear on the AA Facebook page .

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 – 3 December 2013

December’s New Moon will take place in jovial and adventurous Sagittarius on the 3rd of December just after midnight GMT (00h22 UTC/02h22 SAST). For those in the US, this lunar phase will actually occur on the 2nd at approximately 19h22 EST. Expect to feel energised and ready for new challenges now as the enthusiasm of the Archer begins to permeate how we act and feel. Travel, learning and competitive activities such as sport, are all likely to be on the agenda for the next 30 days or so. Also, don’t be surprised if you also feel drawn towards large animals like horses, fast cars as well as any undertaking that promises to expand your horizons or challenge you to grow, especially on an emotional level. Intellectual undertakings and physical activities are especially well-favoured now, thanks to a Mercury-Mars sextile set for the same day. At this time, you are likely to have high motivation levels and will be able to grasp new concepts or techniques very quickly – ideal for learning a new sport or skill, especially if it involves using your hands or great attention to detail.

FULL MOON IN GEMINI – 17 December 2013

Anything related to travel, teaching and communications is likely to climax or conclude at the Gemini Full Moon on December the 17th. Taking place at 09h28 GMT (04h28 EST/11h28 SAST), this Sun-Moon opposition is asking you to finish off any writing or or editing projects that you may have begun last month. Speeches, lectures, transport negotiations and commercial contracts are also likely to reach their natural peak now, as will anything to do with birds or things that come in pairs. If you haven’t checked your facts or done your research, then you could be called upon to explain yourself now, especially if you work in publishing, the news media, PR, education or politics. Short courses, business trips and anything to do with commuting or local travel is also likely to peak around this time. This is a great time to sell a car as well as books, textbooks or computers.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO CAPRICORN – 21 December 2013

This year, the winter solstice, marked by the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn, will take place at 17h11 GMT on December the 21st, which is 12h11 EST or 19h11 SAST. Rather like the dark moon that remains invisible two days prior to the appearance of the first New Moon, this phase of the year, at least in the northern hemisphere, marks the turning point between winter and spring. I am often reminded of Hexagram 24 in the I Ching (or Book of Changes) which in some texts is called Turning Point. In the translation by Richard Wilhelm, the Image of this hexagram is described as follows:

 Thunder within the earth.
The image of the turning point.
Thus, the kings of antiquity closed the passes
At the time of solstice.
Merchants and strangers did no go about
And the ruler did not travel through the provinces.

Wilhelm interprets this in a way that I think provides us with new insight into the Sun’s ingress through the sign of Capricorn:

 In winter, the life energy, symbolised by thunder, the Arousing, is still underground. Movement is just at its beginning; therefore it must be strengthened by rest so that it will not be dissipated by being used prematurely. This principle…applies to all similar situations. The return of health after illness, the return of understanding after estrangement: everything must be treated tenderly and with care at the beginning, so that the return may lead to flowering.[i]


REFERENCES:

[i] Richard Wilhelm (transl.) 2003, I Ching or book of changes, Penguin Books, p. 98

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout December 2013

Planetary Ingresses

Mercury into Sagittarius: 5 December 2013

On December the 5th, the planet of information, travel and commerce will ingress into gregarious and freedom loving Sagittarius. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself overtaken by a touch of wanderlust. New horizons, whether they be imaginary or real, are likely to beckon as your need for intellectual stimulation, excitement and adventure becomes palpable. Day trips, especially those that involve physical activities such as hiking or climbing, as well as educational or cultural exchanges are all good ways to tap into this energy. Your curiosity about other religions, languages or nations is also likely to be quite strong now, making it a good time to meet or get to know people from different backgrounds.

Business opportunities revolving around travel, sport, large animals or livestock, as well as fast cars, are a distinct possibility now. If you are in the communications or media industry, then these are all likely to be good sources for stories. Foreign policy, cultural dialogue and international diplomacy will all feature strongly in politics for the next few weeks. Whatever you do, try not to over-indulge or over-spend: two distinct possibilities during the so-called ‘festive season’.

Mercury into Capricorn: 24 December 2013

This month, Mercury will change signs not once but twice. After spending just over two weeks in jolly, good-time Sagittarius, Mercury will ingress into sensible, old-fashioned Capricorn on Christmas Eve. If you’ve spent too much money on gifts or party outfits in the lead up to Christmas, then you may now experience buyer’s remorse. Cash is certainly likely to be tighter for the next few weeks while opportunities to travel and socialise will also become few and far between, with the exception of New Year perhaps. Use this quieter period to plan how you’d like to make some progress towards achieving personal or career goals next year, decide what bad habits you’d like to let go of and you’ll be making good use of your time. Putting your intellectual faculties to practical or serious use will help stave off the winter/post-Christmas blues and keep things ticking over until mid-January rolls around and things begin to pick up again.

Mars into Libra: 7 December 2013

After a tour of helpful and efficient Virgo, Mars will ingress into relationship-oriented Libra. Not traditionally the happiest place for Mars, which likes to be focused on achieving one thing at a time, rather than being forced to try and achieve balance between two opposites. Mars can also encourage competitive, self-seeking behaviour and so finds compromise and co-operation difficult. Yet that is precisely what is needed over the next few weeks. Grooming products for men, taking a more sensitive approach within relationships and men or masculine females generally getting more in touch with their feminine, more receptive sides, are all constructive ways to express this energy.

Planetary Stations & Retrogrades

Uranus Direct: 18 December

Today Uranus, planet of reform, technology and democratic movements, changes direction, thereby ending its annual six month retrograde period in Aries. If you have been champing at the bit to push through political or legal reforms, introduce new technologies into your day to day life, or getting noticed for your unique way of expressing yourself, then now is the time to when your efforts are once again likely to gain traction. Don’t be surprised if you encounter some initial resistance or find yourself having to go over old ground – as Uranus passes through the same degrees over which it recently backtracked, it’s possible that you might encounter a certain amount of repetition. The second time around, though, you’ll be far more prepared when it comes to tackling any objections, overcoming technical hitches or obfuscation, and in so doing, giving you the courage of your convictions to make plans stick.

Venus: 21 December 2013 – 31 January 2014

Venus, the planet of relationship, sensuality and creativity is once again due for a retrograde spell. A relatively rare event than the backward-turning phases of the other planets, a Venus retrograde spell usually happens once every 18-19 months. The last time we experienced one was back in May 2012, which resulted in Venus spending nearly four months in Gemini – rather uncommon when you consider that, on average, she changes signs every month or so.

This time, Venus will spend a total of four months in Capricorn, a sign that does not exactly encourage or support her usual vivacious sociability, flirtatiousness or expressive nature. Instead, this energy is likely to become quite introverted, cautious and shy. The focus for creativity will be very much on trying to find the beauty in muted colours and stark or paired down shapes, environments or situations, so minimalism is likely to make a comeback. Learning to enjoy spending time on your own 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 partying and one night stands but rather about qualities such as loyalty, dependability, pragmatism and economic stability. Although not exactly glamorous topics, such attributes are essential for oiling the wheels of any long term committed relationship, whether it be romantic or commercial. 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.

Social mobility is another possible issue that may come up between now and March 2014. Although generally frowned upon by others, in many societies, marrying well remains the only way to move up in the world. Between now and March, don’t be surprised if you encounter documentaries or new reports dealing with such issues, as well as topics such as the success or failure of the feminist movement and the politics of romance in the 21st century. All very topical under a Venus retrograde in Capricorn.

Key Aspects

December’s headline news is a very rare and powerful Jupiter-Saturn transit. Below is a synopsis of what this could mean for everyone:

13 December: Jupiter trine Saturn

Pregnancy or adoption hopes realised, beliefs made manifest, and responsibilities taking on a whole new meaning – these are just some of the ways that this rare but significant transit could transform your life now. Another chapter in the story of July’s major grand trine in water signs, this aspect is all about the power of intention to create positive changes in your life, and the lives of others. Having faith in family and home, and the abundance of the universe, combined with hard work, drive and determination can move mountains now. Family or cultural traditions may become extra meaningful as they are seen in their wider contexts, whilst those who may have felt isolated could now enjoy more of a sense of belonging and integration due to attitude shifts or efforts at improving community relations. On a social level, this could signal a period when ethics, morals and philosophical arguments are likely to reign supreme, overtaking more base drives like greed and envy. Increased religious tolerance and social integration, as well as a temporary truce between science and spirit are also possible if those in positions of authority are willing to be reasonable and entertain a more open frame of mind. If you have an ambitious project that you’d like to get off the ground, especially one that involves property, food or something aimed at families, then you could well attract some financial backers or formidable allies who can provide you with the practical help,  monetary support or industry know-how you need to get the ball rolling. The key is to be proactive and not just wait for things to happen. If you’re prepared to put in the effort, events should unfold very naturally and smoothly – as if they were meant to be – and given such an auspicious aspect, that may be exactly the case.

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October 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for October 2013…

October Astro-Insights Blog

This month, I hope to look at the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Kenya and Nigeria to see what the astrology can tell us, if anything. However, due to heavy work commitments, this column is going to be a bit late. Keep checking the AA Facebook page and the Astro-Insights blog for further updates.

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 – 5 October 2013

Thanks to a New Moon in relationship-oriented Libra on the 5th at 01h35 BST, we can look forward to a month in which collaboration and partnerships of all kinds are well-favoured. This is especially true of new initiatives and projects, as well as matters concerning the law, gender or racial equality. Efforts aimed at creating balance in all things, especially lifestyle, should also go well between now and the next New Moon. If you’ve been working too much and neglecting loved ones, or putting a lot of investment into one-sided relationships, then you may wish to reorganise your priorities and reassess the give and take in key associations. Under this lunar phase, the emotional focus is very much outward, making you feel more extroverted and sociable than usual, seeking out the company and opinions of others in both work and play, and making an effort to consider the needs and happiness of loved ones before your own, are likely to be major themes now.

FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE IN ARIES – 19 October 2013

October’s Full Moon in Aries, which is scheduled to take place on the 19th just after midnight (00h38 BST), also happens to be a lunar eclipse. Given the emotional nature of Full Moons, the unpredictable quality of eclipses and the impulsive, rather fiery nature of Aries, this could be a rather unsettling time when sudden, unexpected events bring disagreements, individual initiatives, or military campaigns to a head. This could result in fireworks or clashes with authority, especially if others have attempted to control you or refused to listen to your needs or feelings.

At the same time, Mars, the ruler of Aries, will be very close to an exact opposition with Neptune in Pisces, which could have a polarising effect. On one hand, you may feel feisty and ready to defend yourself against unwelcome criticism, possible deception or unsolicited assistance that comes with strings attached. On the other, you may feel like a helpless victim in need of saving or of sympathy. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. The trick is to avoid self-deception, escapism or attempts to avert responsibility whilst also learning to assert yourself confidently without the need to be too defensive or aggressive about it.

Any self-initiated projects or attempts at independence that you have been working on over the last six months or so, are likely to reach their natural climax, or conclusion now.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO SCORPIO – 23 October 2013

This year, the Sun will ingress into passionate and loyal Scorpio on the 23rd of October at around 07h10 BST. This kick starts a month long cycle in which matters concerning sex, death, legacies, tax, the use or abuse of power, and recycling or regeneration are likely to become prominent. Interestingly, this is the day that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to christen their first born son, Prince George. Given that he has Scorpio rising, I wonder if this was deliberate? At any rate, this is a good time to work on personal charisma and how to win friends and influence others, as well as get to the bottom of who really calls the shots and why.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout October 2013

Planetary Ingresses

Venus in Sagittarius: 7 October -5 November
Venus once again changes signs on October the 7th, this time into fun and freedom loving Sagittarius. As a result, you may find yourself with itchy feet, restless for adventure. If you can’t take off for exotic destinations or to find yourself in a wilderness retreat or beauty spa, then use this time to immerse yourself in art, literature or documentaries about travel, foreign cultures or religions – it should cure your wanderlust. Discussing philosophy over coffee or lunch with someone attractive should also prove to be highly pleasurable. In fact, cultural organisations, religious festivals and educational talks are all really good places to get inspired, or to meet someone special between now and early November.

Mars into Virgo – 15 October – 7 December
After a tour of fiery and regal Leo, Mars will ingress into practical and efficient Virgo. If you’ve been keen to lock down the details of a project or contract, or concentrate more on your health, then this should be the perfect time to do so. You’ll have plenty of drive to drill down and fine-tune things at home and at work. Nutrition and digestive problems, as well as physical exercise, are all good areas to tackle over the next few weeks. You’ll also find others less diva-like and more helpful – just as well because there is a lot to do between now and the winter holiday season, so the less fuss, the better. Just be careful of becoming too fussy, critical or pedantic – Virgo brings out the perfectionist in all of us, and Mars isn’t one to hold back, which can lead to a lot of whingeing and cutting remarks if you’re not careful.

Planetary Stations

Mercury: 21 October – 11 November
After several months of rapid movement through the zodiac, Mercury, the planet of merchants, travellers, politicians and orators, turns retrograde for a few weeks from the 21st of October. This will prolong its stay in perceptive and probing Scorpio. The net effect is likely to be a complete revision and intensive investigation of past issues, especially those that involve power struggles, criminal activity, intrigue and mystery or possibly, dubious financial transactions. If you are a researcher or forensic scientist, this should be a good time for you to go over old cases, check your initial findings and figures to see whether you missed anything the first time around. Delving into the past, perhaps into your family history, could also lead you to uncover a long-buried secret now. Beware of becoming overly obsessed with taboo subjects or people you really shouldn’t involve yourself with, either because they hold power over you, have murky connections or are simply not good for you emotionally. If anything, this period should remind you of the reasons why some things or people became part of your history and are part of not your present.

Key Aspects

October brings with it a number of important transits that might be worth diarising, including:

  • 1-3 October: T-square of Sun square Pluto, opposing Uranus
    In the lead up to the Libran New Moon on the 5th, a challenging cardinal T-Square with the Sun in Libra at its apex, will force you to confront certain long-standing relationship issues and accept that the status quo is no longer working. Cracks may begin to appear in any partnerships or associations that are inherently corrupt, unequal or simply draining. At this time you could find yourself or a former ally walking away from involvement in a situation that makes you feel insignificant, stifled, unheard, overly burdened or morally compromised.

    Globally, this could lead to fundamental shifts in the balance of world power as redundant alliances and outdated agreements fall by the wayside. This is a time when the old ways will be challenged by the new, with both sides vying for position. Compromise and a firm but impartial sense of fairness may be the only way to resolve this battle between extremes. Regime change, political survival, legal legitimacy and calls for the protection of human rights and civilian freedoms are all likely to be themes now.

  • 8 October: Mercury conjunct Saturn in Scorpio
    A rather serious and unforgiving air may descend today as Mercury and Saturn connect in relentless and uncompromising Scorpio. The first of three contacts between these two planets, thanks to Mercury’s upcoming retrograde spell, this particular combination calls for deep and thorough research and consideration of all available options before finalising any major decisions, plans, negotiations or contracts, especially those related to tax, underground engineering or energy exploration projects, and book/manuscript restoration. Policy alterations or announcements concerning recycling, banned substances or activities, or law enforcement are all likely to become a focus now. Given that Mercury and Saturn will meet up again on 29 October 29 and 25 November, the need to do your research and consider all the angles and options before reaching a final workable solution seems like the best way to proceed. The stakes are high, so it will be important to get it right.

  • 12 Oct: Sun square Jupiter
    Today you might find it difficult to penetrate the inner circle of influence in order to be granted favours, no matter how worthy you are in terms of skills or experience. This is because fairness and merit will have no sway with those who wish to protect family interests and maintain close social connections with centres of power or authority. The trick, then, will be to accept that the path to the top is not always straightforward, and will often involve winning over the hearts and minds of decision-makers more swayed by personal bias and social cliques than personal ability or ideals. On a personal level, you may find yourself tending toward an overly rosy, possibly naïve attitude towards relationships, or else a tad too dogmatic or over the top when it comes to maintaining certain domestic conventions. Being charming but not too egotistical or presumptuous is probably the best way to ingratiate yourself and/or fulfil your objectives now.

  • 16 October: Venus trine Uranus
    Peace talks, unusual hook-ups and exciting new associations are all possible now as Venus in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries. Artistically and culturally, this is an excellent moment to celebrate youthful idealism and innovation. Freedom within relationships and personal inter-dependence are also likely to be themes at this time. Learning new things and connecting with others will seem effortless, while, in social situations, people will feel at ease in your company and no one will judge those with slightly unconventional looks or ideas. You can also look forward to plenty of stimulating intellectual conversations about topics such as new technologies, the pro and cons of different philosophies and travel to far flung places.

  • 25 October: Sun trine Neptune
    Having ingressed into watery Scorpio on the 23rd, the Sun then moves towards a flowing and harmonious angle to oceanic Neptune. This should help to put you in tune with energies, inspiration or ideas usually beyond your conscious grasp, making it a great time for artistic efforts, spiritual healing or meditation. Music, film and photography will have an especially profound, almost hypnotic effect now, so if you are trying to contact higher realms of consciousness, then be sure to make use of these channels to help you do so. Personal power is mixed with compassion for others, enabling you to make intuitive but wise and considerate decisions.

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September 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for September 2013…

September Astro-Insights Blog

This month, I look more in-depth into the natal chart of Prince George and try to put him in context astrologically with other members of the royal family . To read more, visit September’s Astro-Insights blog .

You can also see a Zodiac Child Report of his natal chart by visiting the Sample Charts page of the Astro-Report Shop.

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 – 5 September 2013

This September, the lunar month will begin on the 5th of August at 12h36 BST with a New Moon in practical, details-oriented Virgo. The next 30 days should be a favourable time to begin new writing or editing projects, arts n’ crafts initiatives, and health or pet-related endeavours. It is also excellent for spring cleaning, hygiene improvements, as well as assisting someone in charge with the details and logistics they don’t have time to do. Virgo is the constellation most associated with agriculture and the harvest, so gardening tasks, such as planting bulbs, dead-heading, pruning or tool cleaning, should also prove to be satisfying now. On the minus side, you may want to beware of perfectionist or overly critical tendencies during this time.

FULL MOON IN PISCES – 19 September 2013

Unlike the previous two years, this month’s Full Moon will take place in sensitive and imaginative Pisces, making it a much more balanced September elementally. This will occur on the 19th at 12h13 BST. Given that Full Moons are usually pretty charged times, and that Pisces is a touchy-feely water sign, it seems likely that this lunar phase will be especially emotional. Although this bodes well for musical, photographic and film-related events, where the aim is to move people, it could prove to be overwhelming for those who are already prone to feeling overwhelmed or stressed by the suffering or baggage of others, so try to be considerate to those around you by not unburdening yourself unnecessarily, being too self-indulgent or especially touchy. Avoid overdosing on medicines – read the labels carefully – and take it easy when it comes to alcohol and drugs. With Venus due to sextile Pluto on the same day, you may need your wits about you because it’s all change when it comes to money and relationships.

Solar Phases – Autumn Equinox

SUN INTO LIBRA – 22 September 2013

This year, the Autumn Equinox takes place on the 22nd at around 21h44 BST. Currently, it is the zodiacal sign of Libra that rules the Autumn Equinox because the sun sets in this constellation around this time, when the hours of day and night are more or less equal. (Equi = equal and nox = nights). The spring and autumn equinoxes also mark the two times of the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west. According to the famous English herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper, the reason that the Sun is considered to be in fall in Libra, is because it coincides with a time when, ‘…the leaves of the trees fall, all creatures are lumpish, and mourn.’[i] As the sign that rules justice, equality, fairness and equilibrium, this month is likely to be one that focuses on the fairness or discriminatory nature of certain rules, laws and regulations, as well as business partnerships, one-to-one relationships, legal contracts and peace treaties.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout September 2013

Planetary Ingresses

Still moving rather quickly, Mercury, the swift-footed planet governing travel, communications, thinking processes, learning and commercial activities, will again pass through two whole signs during September, as it did last month. First up, Mercury ingresses into Libra on the 9th of September, from where it will highlight legal discussions and peace talks, as well as any gadgets or travel packages that focus on relationships and dating. In the news and fields of education, the emphasis will be on fair and balanced viewpoints.

Later, on the 29th, Mercury segues into sexy but complicated Scorpio, from where he will highlight medical research, crime reporting, in-depth and far-reaching reports, as well as commercial activities involving recycling, antiques, law enforcement, healing and forensics.

Venus remains in her domicile of Libra until the 11th of September after which she too ingresses into Scorpio. This is likely to up the temperature in the bedroom, as well as increase the likelihood of drama and intrigue in both business (think dodgy art deals) and romance. Be mysterious now if you want to lure a new lover, and be sure to ask a lot of questions if you are thinking of purchasing a work of art or valuable object – the paperwork might not be in order, or the provenance could be a little murky.

Planetary Stations

After a break of several months, Pluto now returns to direct motion on the 21st of September. This is likely to increase the pace and intensity of change when it comes to organisations you are affiliated with, as well as put more pressure on you or others to make some much-needed alterations to current plans, schedules, habits or routines. On the mundane level, it is very possible that we may hear more talk of banking reforms, official secrecy laws and spy-related activities, corporate restructures, market fluctuations or scandals involving tax evasion in the coming months. Dormant issues centering on structural engineering, especially the reinforcement of foundations, building work done in basements or underground, dental work and skin resurfacing/rejuvenating are all likely to return and need dealing with between now and April 2014.

Key Aspects

September brings with it several key transits that may be worth diarising. These include:

  • 1st to 7th  – A powerful meeting between the Sun, Pluto and Jupiter during this week, through a combination of trine and sextile aspects, makes it a crucial time for change in world politics, especially foreign policy, the morality and ethics of power (is might always right?), the role of religious and educational institutions in the development of society, and attitudes towards the family unit, and notions of roots, home and belonging. Those in leadership positions have a fantastic opportunity to make a big difference to current inequalities or confront injustices, such as continued reluctance to accept gay marriage or recognise the right of same-sex couples to have children, or to just show the world that politics can be done differently to the way it has been in the past. The same goes for large energy conglomerates and those in the food, childcare or home-building industries – a more ethical, but perhaps less fundamentalist approach is really the only way to survive and so the sooner those steering future policy realise that, the healthier and better off their companies, and society, will be in the long-term.On a personal level, this is likely to coincide with a time when changes to society’s approach to morality, religious tolerance and relationship with power stand to have impact on your personal life structures, forcing you to make some key decisions about fundamental issues. These include questions concerning religion, education, attitudes to foreigners and foreign countries, our relationship with questions of personal power and responsibility, and the way in which we express or assert ourselves in the world. Look to the placement of the Sun, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in your natal chart for clues as to how and in which area, these shifts are most likely to occur.However, given the positive nature of these aspects, any changes that occur now are likely to alter your life for the better in the long run.

  • 14th – A highly romantic and ethereal Venus-Neptune trine takes place today – brilliant for artistic inspiration, film launches, photographic exhibitions and dream dates.
    – On the same day, an exceptionally energetic and dynamic Mars-Uranus trine makes it likely that a revolutionary new piece of technology,
    gadget or humanitarian initiative will be announced around this time.

  • 19th – A Venus-Pluto sextile gives us all a chance to heal any rifts or hurts caused by the challenging Venus-Pluto square that took place on the 25th of August

  • 21st – Thanks to a Saturn-Pluto sextile that will be in orb for most of the most, you can really move mountains and achieve a substantial amount of work now, if you put your mind to it. Expect plenty of opportunities for personal growth, perhaps through letting go, rather than acquiring new things. This is a good time to shed emotional baggage, financial dead weight and streamline the way you work.

  • 26th – A stellar Venus-Jupiter trine in water signs could see you strike it lucky in the area of relationships, especially with family members and lovers. Family-based or home-related affairs, as well as culinary-based initiatives, such as the opening of a restaurant business, should go exceptionally well now. Think of this as a continuation of the themes raised at the time of the Major Grand Trine in July and you won’t go far wrong.

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 References


[i] Nicholas Culpeper, An Astrological Judgement of Diseases, 1651