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August 2013

This week’s Astrology – 26 August 2013

COURSES

If you want to explore the fascinating subject of astrology for yourself, and enjoy a week on this beautiful Greek island of Lefkada, I am running:

·        Astrology Week for beginners/refreshers, starting Monday 23 September – 4 of the 8 places available. 

·        Tarot Week for refreshers/intermediate, starting Friday 6 September – 1 of the 8 places available. 

·        Visit my website www.joannawatters.com for more info about the Greek Island Summer School or contact me direct on joannaw@otenet.gr

 

If you want to go straight to the columns here are the links for the weekly and monthly horoscopes:

http://www.avonconnects.co.uk/docs/DOC-5930

http://www.networkshe.co.uk/category/horoscope

 

What’s happening this week?

We’re now in the Virgo time of year – the Sun entering this sign at the end of last week, followed by Mercury. Textbook astrology will tell you that Virgos are perfectionists, particular, critical and health conscious but there’s a lot more to this sign than this rather stuffy picture suggests. When they stop fretting and picking everything apart there’s a whacky streak a mile wide, with a huge appetite for fun and clever humour. Mercury (the mind) in Virgo is especially good news as this is one of Mercury’s sign of dignity (the other being quick witted Gemini). Put Mercury and Virgo together and you get analytical skills, incisiveness and thoroughness.

Mercury is just separating from an opposition (challenging) to Neptune, while the Sun is applying (yet to happen) and will be exact in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Neptune is Poseidon – god of the sea – and tough aspects tend to signal the trickier Neptunian hallmarks of sea mists, fog, confusion and uncertainty. You may have to talk something through at great length in order to arrive at the truth, a clearer understanding or to isolate what really matters. The conversations I’ve been having over the weekend re a loved one’s wellbeing definitely fit this bill.

Alongside this theme we have Venus working her way through the Grand Cross that, you may remember, started last Thursday. To picture this just imagine drawing a large cross on a piece of paper. On one axis you have Jupiter opposite Pluto, and on the second axis you have Venus opposite Uranus. Putting it another way, all four planets are 90 degrees apart from each other. Venus is the fastest moving and by this coming Thursday she’ll be moving out of this formation. Along the way she “activates” the Grand Cross by making aspects to each of the other planets involved:

·        Last Saturday – Venus square Pluto

·        Monday evening – Venus opposite Uranus

·        Tuesday evening – Venus square Jupiter

Look out then for developments that link to the theme of a cross to bear – ie any situation that feels like a yoke around your neck, conflicted feelings, any sense of powerlessness, “it’s always going to be like this” scenarios – and so on. Venus is working on each point of tension to shift things and present options.

Mars moves from Cancer (his sign of “fall”, Mars energy gets turned inwards in this sign) into fiery Leo in the early hours of Wednesday. This underlines the shift from “there’s nothing I can do” to “how shall I proceed?” Again, discussing someone’s dilemma this weekend, I heard myself saying, “There can’t be a war if the enemy withdraws”. In other words, if you find yourself locked into a situation then one option is simply to remove yourself from it. Think allowance/acceptance rather than resistance. This is not defeatist, it’s about shifting the dynamics. Let me quote from the amazing David Richo:

“Now I have the intuitive vision to see:

·        Where I held on and thereby was held back.

·        Where I can let go and thereby go on.”

The second half of the week brings a series of positive aspects that signal the showing of results, the readiness to make decisions, to put new arrangements in place – and so on. With the times in BST, these are:

·        Mercury trine Pluto – Wednesday afternoon

·        Sun sextile Saturn – Friday morning

·        Mercury sextile Jupiter – early Saturday morning

·        Sun trine Pluto – Sunday morning

So this has all the hallmarks of an important and potentially highly productive week. Why not set out your objectives right now – I’ve just scared myself with my to-do list but I think it can be done!

Find out more about the Grand Cross and Mars’ ingress into Leo and how this week’s astrology relates to your particular sign:

http://www.avonconnects.co.uk/docs/DOC-5930

 

19 August 2013 – This week’s Astrology

COURSES

If you want to explore the fascinating subject of astrology for yourself, and enjoy a week on this beautiful Greek island of Lefkada, I am running:

·        Astrology Week for beginners/refreshers, starting Monday 23 September – 4 of the 8 places available. 

·        Tarot Week for refreshers/intermediate, starting Friday 6 September – 1 of the 8 places available. 

·        You can contact me direct on joannaw@otenet.gr

 

If you want to go straight to the columns here are the links for the weekly and monthly horoscopes:

http://www.avonconnects.co.uk/docs/DOC-5930

http://www.networkshe.co.uk/category/horoscope

 

What’s happening this week?

As I said last week the second half of August is packed with activity. We start with the unusual phenomenon of the Full Moon falling in Aquarius for the second month running. The first one fell at 0 degrees of Aquarius on 22 July, this one falls at 28 degrees in the early hours of Wednesday (exact at 02.46 BST). Any aspect pattern or lunation (new or full moon) that involves planets at 0 degrees is especially potent as it speaks of a brand new beginning – a clean page. Similarly, the last degrees of a sign signal a completion. So whatever particular issue/wish/event that started a month could reach a rapid conclusion.

This is underlined by Jupiter squaring up to Aquarius’ co-ruler Uranus just a matter of hours later. This is a major aspect that will repeat next February and April. For now look out for sudden changes as Uranus rules the unexpected. Like The Tower in the Tarot he is often the bolt from the blue, the thing you couldn’t possibly have seen coming, but he is also progress and innovation. The square is a challenging aspect but Jupiter is the Greater Benefic – he is good for us – and sometimes we have to have the rug pulled from under our feet to move us on. So this can be an exciting time if we’re willing to roll with a few punches, to embrace the new and not run from a bit of risk taking.

Love dramas will be part of the picture for some as Venus is now travelling through her own sign of Libra and on Thursday she reaches 6 degrees of this sign. This means that she is then the 4th planet in a major aspect pattern called a Grand Cross – four planets all 90 degrees apart. This Grand Cross is formed in what are known as the cardinal signs: 

·        Uranus at 12 degrees of Aries

·        Jupiter at 12 degrees of Cancer

·        Venus at 6 degrees of Libra

·        Pluto at 9 degrees of Capricorn

One of the traditional interpretations of this aspect pattern is “a cross to bear” although this rather suggests a burden that can’t be lifted. I feel that it is more a case of a situation reaching its ultimate stalemate first, the real issues locking into place, the unfolding of events that show us where “something’s gotta give”. Venus as the fastest moving planet of the four will work her way through the Grand Cross between Thursday and the middle of next week. So, for many, it will be a case of making or breaking a relationship, or thrashing out a debate, or working out the terms of new arrangements, personal or professional – and so on. The bigger picture message is that we need some tension in order to grow, and that there’s rarely change without some kind of conflict.  

In the middle of all the drama the Sun and Mercury slide into analytical Virgo at the end of the week, and unite on Saturday evening. This feels like “the voice of reason”, a moment of pure insight and a clear understanding of “the heart of the matter”. If the end goal is acceptance then doing away with any kind of pretence is probably the best possible point of reference and our strongest life line.

 

12 August 2013 – This week’s Astrology

COURSES

If you want to explore the fascinating subject of astrology for yourself, and enjoy a week on this beautiful Greek island of Lefkada, click on “Greek Island Summer School” above. The Astrology Week for beginners/refreshers starts Monday 23 September, the intermediate Tarot Week starts Friday 6 September. Just a few places left on each!

If you want to go straight to the columns here are the links for the weekly and monthly horoscopes:

http://www.avonconnects.co.uk/docs/DOC-5930

http://www.networkshe.co.uk/category/horoscope

 

What’s happening this week?

Let me start by flagging up that the second half of August is packed with activity, so make the most of this week which is relatively calm by comparison. If you’re on holiday you’ve picked the right week, and if you’re working then get ahead as much as possible. Personally I am battling on through daily heat of 35 degrees, as is the rest of Greece, so this morning’s blog is going to be brief and to the point.

Again, Mercury is the key player. He is now separating (moving away from) a square to Saturn that was exact yesterday evening, so today is the day to sort out hassles, misunderstandings or mistakes that arose over the weekend. His next aspect is a minor one to Jupiter on Wednesday morning (helpful) and then a trine (harmonious) to Uranus in the early hours of Thursday. If you want to make plans, put new agreements in place in your personal or working life then now’s the time to get cracking.

The other main feature is that the love, money and pleasure planet Venus is finishing her journey through careful Virgo. From a traditional astrological viewpoint this is good news as this is Venus’ sign of “fall”, the sign in which Venusian qualities struggle to express themselves. She moves into Libra, her sign of “dignity”, at 16.38 BST on Friday.

The Scales of Libra represent balance and the famous indecision, weighing things up, but they also symbolize partnership – how one side can’t exist without the other. Libra’s natural house is the 7th, where we find our other halves and significant others in terms of one to one important connections. Have you noticed how the Librans in your life are either in a long term relationship or rarely have long gaps between relationships? Librans are naturals at inviting in “the other”, at seeking opinions and enjoying the pleasures of being a couple. While Venus travels through Libra we can all learn a lot about the beauty and grace of this sign, and how we get results when we hone our cooperative and collaborative skills.

 

5 August 2013 – This week’s Astrology

If you want to go straight to the columns here are the links for the weekly and monthly horoscopes:

http://www.avonconnects.co.uk/docs/DOC-5930

http://www.networkshe.co.uk/category/horoscope

 

COURSES

If you want to explore the fascinating subject of astrology for yourself, and enjoy a week on this beautiful Greek island of Lefkada, click on “Greek Island Summer School” above. The Astrology Week for beginners/refreshers starts Monday 23 September, the intermediate Tarot Week starts Friday 6 September. Just a few places left on each!

 

What’s happening this week?

We’ve had some complicated astrology going on recently but this week the picture is more straightforward, but not necessarily easy. However, it starts with a royal fanfare.

The New Moon falls at 14 degrees of Leo on Tuesday evening (exact at 22.52 BST). New Moons are new brooms that sweep clean, they are an announcement of a new cycle especially with regard to issues pertaining to the sign. Leo of course is the Lion, the king or queen of the zodiac (think Madonna, 18 August 1958, the Queen of Pop) and is associated with creativity, boldness and attention seeking. This doesn’t mean that we all have to turn into raging extroverts overnight, but it pays to look at where a lack of confidence may be holding you back. In psychological terms Leo rules individuation – your right to be you, and proud of it – and your sense of entitlement. Ponder the idea that you may not expect too much of life but too little. What kind of changes could you ring if you mustered just a little more courage? Carpe Diem.

Note also that this New Moon’s closest aspect to the other planets is a trine (harmonious) to Uranus at 12 degrees of the fellow fire sign of Aries. The nature of Uranus is quick, sudden, brilliant and unconventional, so expect events that seem designed to show you how quickly life can change, especially when you dare to be different.

This picture is dramatically underlined by the major aspect of the week – Jupiter opposing Pluto in the early hours of Thursday. This aspect happens roughly every 13 years (and this time around it happens three times, repeating in January and April of next year) and is definitely not for the faint hearted. Jupiter is expansion and opportunity – anything that makes your world bigger and better – and Pluto symbolizes death/rebirth. In other words, new beginnings are most likely to start with very definite endings of the “no going back” variety. New situations unfolding at this time then may demand brave moves, a willingness to make sacrifices and to stay committed to a plan, no matter what the teething problems may be.

The third factor this week that speaks of endings/beginnings is that Mercury (news and communication in all its different guises) finally moves on. Owing to the recent retrograde period Mercury has been in Cancer since 31 May, so over two months, whereas when this planet is at full speed he can whizz through a sign in two weeks – as is about to happen.

Mercury will move into bold Leo on Thursday, charging through this sign until the 23rd, but his first aspect will be a square to Saturn, exact Sunday evening. This signals initial obstacles or delays, such as getting hold of the right person, waiting on decisions, dealing with factors that can’t be easily changed or overcome, coming up against that subject that you will never see eye to eye on – and so on – but don’t be deterred. The bigger picture message is that courage counts and there’s no need to fall at the first hurdle!

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