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December 2013

30 December 2013 – This week’s Astrology

If you want to go straight to this week’s blog just scroll down past the course information and horoscope links.

Courses

If you want to explore the fascinating subjects of astrology or tarot, combined with a week’s holiday on this beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada, The Greek Island Summer School is about to enter its 13th year. Here are the course dates for 2014. Private tuition also available by arrangement:

Working with Tarot

Choose either w/c 5 May 2014 (6 of 6 places available) or
w/c 19 May 2014 (2 of 6 places available)
These courses are suitable for all levels. We revise the traditional divinatory meanings of the 78 Tarot cards and contribute our own. You will also learn a variety of spreads so that you are equipped for answering any kind of question. Throughout the week we also explore the nature of working with clients so you will hone both your divinatory and counselling skills, with theory and with practice readings.
More details on the website here

Discovering Astrology – foundation course for beginners/refreshers

w/c 2 June 2014 (4 of 6 places available)
Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover horoscopy, the symbolism of the signs, planets and houses. Take your first steps in chart interpretation and making predictions, for the day do day things of life and for the major cycles that show important life events, such as relationships and vocation. Throughout the week we will work on your own horoscopes as well as celebrities that interest us and case histories from my own practice.
Check out the website for more details…

Astrology & Tarot – how to combine both skills

w/c 8 September 2014 (3 of 6 places available)
This course is suitable for the student who already has a grounding in both tarot and astrology. The aim is improve your tarot skills through deepening your understanding of the card meanings and learning how to engage with the symbolic. We will revise the nature and cycles of the planets and you will learn how to use the Ephemerides – the tables that follow the movement of the planets day by day – so that you can move easily between the past, present and future. By adding the astrological bow to your arrow you can offer your clients extra guidance in terms of their current life cycle, and enrich the accuracy of your readings with key dates for unfolding events.
Details on the website

Good Timing – Predictive Techniques in Astrology

w/c 22 September 2014 (4 of 6 places available)
This course is suitable for the student who has already completed a beginners’ course or who is familiar with the basic symbolism of the nuts and bolts of horoscopy – signs, planets and houses. The aim is to pull together all the threads of natal interpretation, to deepen your understanding of aspects and to learn how the “natal promise” within each individual horoscope comes to life through the predictive techniques of transits, returns and progressions. You will learn how to use the Ephemerides effectively, to work with “retrodiction” (what has already happened) as well as prediction, what is happening now and in the future.
To read about the week, check out the website

If you have any queries or would like to reserve a place please contact me direct here

Horoscopes

For an overview of the month and your December horoscope here’s the link to the column on Network She:

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

The New Year Astrology Blog – w/b 30 December 2013

Do hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas break – and that you weren’t caught out by that horrible Mars – Uranus opposition on Christmas morning! Of course I read the news in the UK of the appalling weather, uprooted trees, power cuts and thousands stranded at airports/railway stations with no hope of getting to where they were supposed to be. What a nightmare.

The astrological picture for New Year’s Eve tomorrow gets off to an equally unpromising start with a punch up going on as Mars moves in to square (challenge) the Mercury – Pluto conjunction. Here’s the sequence:

·         Mars square Pluto

·         Mercury conjunct Pluto

·         Mercury square Mars

This unfolds between approximately 01.00 – 15.00 GMT. Mercury conjunct Pluto is tricky in itself. Remember that Mercury is Hermes, winged messenger of the gods, and rules everything to do with communication and transport. Pluto is god of the underworld and loves to pop up to create merry hell. He loves cancelling things. So, again, this is a difficult picture in terms of getting to where you had originally planned to be if you’re living in any area that’s being afflicted by bad weather. If you absolutely have to travel go well prepared. I’ll quote you my garage guy from Lefkas town – “a car doesn’t have four tyres, it has five”. Now could be a good time to check that the spare is in good nick! (Sara & Paul, lol!!)

Pluto tends to create absence – so look out for people being taken out of your NYE picture through illness or force of circumstance. Also look out for friends or loved ones who have had bad news or who may go on a downer at this time of year. I personally love NYE, it brings out the optimist in me, but we all know that it can affect many people in the opposite way.

Mars, god of war, loves to stir things up which can sometimes be just what’s needed, but in square to the Mercury-Pluto this feels more like antagonism. Bear in mind that Mars is currently on an unusually long journey through Libra – his sign of detriment – which doesn’t help much either. Libra belongs to sweet Venus and enjoys sharing, whereas Mars is the trailblazer, loves independence and tends to get pushy when others don’t agree. Look out for arguments about who wants to go where, and with whom!

Please note that a lot of this picture applies to this evening, as these aspects are “applying” – becoming exact. The sequence ends at 3pm tomorrow UK time from which point they will be “separating” – moving away. This is good news for New Year’s Eve itself. It suggests recuperation, time to create plan B, a storm (literal or metaphorical) blowing over or the chance to get difficult work or personal commitments out of the way earlier in the day so that you are then free to enjoy doing what you want to do.

What about a more positive spin on this troublesome trio? Here’s one – I have a telephone appointment at 11.00 GMT (Mercury) to talk to an osteopath who happens to be a Scorpio (the sign co-ruled by Pluto). Note that every sign rules a part of the body and the Mercury-Pluto conjunction falls in Capricorn, the sign that rules bones. This is because I need more information about how to treat a neck injury. I am not expecting the answers to be easy or obvious but it’s the beginning of digging deeper. I’m also interested in learning more about what I shouldn’t do – how to avoid that troublesome Mars (rules pain) making things worse rather than better. The positive face of Scorpio/Pluto is the archetype of the healer. Watch out for significant conversations with or events for the Scorpio in your life!

New Year’s Day itself brings the New Moon in Capricorn, exactly conjunct Pluto. This means that the Sun, Moon and Pluto are all linked together at 11 degrees of Capricorn – and, of course, they’re all square to Mars. Here’s the sequence:

·         Sun conjunct Moon (the New Moon) – 11.15 GMT

·         Moon conjunct Pluto – 11.45 GMT

·         Sun conjunct Pluto – 18.55 GMT

·         Sun square Mars – just as we enter 3 January, exact at 00.15 GMT

New Moon = new brooms that sweep clean, fresh starts of all kinds, and with Pluto so powerfully in this picture we’re looking at the kind of fresh starts that are total and uncompromising. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth – the textbooks love the word transformation although I prefer “transformative” as Plutonic changes tend to be long  processes. The end result may appear to be sudden as an old skin is shedded but the dying off has actually been happening for a long time. If you have personal planets or angles at or close to 11 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) this picture will be especially potent for you.

Finally, Jupiter is in the picture too as the New Moon falls opposite this planet, Jupiter currently being retrograde and working his way back through 16 degrees of Cancer. We have Mercury opposite Jupiter early on Friday and the Sun opposite Jupiter late on Sunday. This adds the blessings in disguise element so don’t kick against anything that at first appears to be a drama, or freak out at unwelcome change being somehow forced upon you. Many endings at this time will in fact turn out to be liberations, a crucial part of the never ending journey of personal development or a seven league boot step on the road to the life you wish for yourself. Compare the picture of the beginning of the week to the end of the week – and then see how far you’ve come.

Whatever your plans for tomorrow have fun and, as always, stay safe – Happy New Year everyone!

 

 

 

23 December 2013 – The Christmas Astrology Blog

The Astrology Blog – w/b 23 December 2013

Yes, here we are again, Christmas is upon us. I don’t know why it takes me by surprise every year, but it always does!

The astrological picture for this week has two major themes, one of which suggests that there are other surprises in store too, but let’s start with the easier alignment between Mercury, the Sun and Neptune. Here’s the sequence:

·         Mercury enters Capricorn tomorrow morning

·         Sun in Capricorn sextile (harmonious) Neptune on Christmas Eve (17.07 GMT)

·         Mercury sextile Neptune on Boxing Day (09.05 GMT)

·         Sun conjunct Mercury Sunday 29th (06.29 GMT)

This feels rather like a long, slow waltz rather than a knees-up. The Sun (life force), Mercury (chat, connection) and Neptune in his own sign of Pisces (soft focus) is lovely for partying of the very sociable and congenial kind. Neptune rules alcohol, and is often associated with going over the top in that “no boundaries” kind of way, so take it easy on the booze if you don’t want to start Christmas Day with a horrible hangover! At least with the Sun and Mercury in earthy Capricorn, and the harmonious sextile aspects, occasions/guests should have a sensible factor at work in the nicest possible way. However, Neptune is also hugely linked to sensitivity (ask a Pisces) and for many this is a difficult time of year. Loss or loneliness are accentuated so look out for the person who’s “all at sea” or drowning their sorrows.

Good aspects to Neptune are also textbook for romancing, that “urge to merge”, so you should be safely cocooned if you’re falling in love or in the right place at the right time if you’re standing under the mistletoe at that Christmas Eve party. If you’re not partying then this picture resonates equally with wind down time at home and getting plenty of sleep in readiness for the big day, especially if you know you’re going to be woken at the crack of dawn by children – or, in my case, by the church bells going off at 7am prior to a long service reverberating around the village through the loudspeakers! Here in Greece Christmas Day is not only a big event in the religious calendar but also the name day for Xristos.

Back to the astrology, note the five day gap between the Sun and Mercury sextiles to Neptune, and then the Sun conjunct Mercury. Something may be processed in that time, including feelings, or you may have to wait to get back to an important subject/use information that arose on Christmas Eve. Sunday’s Sun – Mercury conjunction is powerful at its time of exactitude as Mercury will then be “cazimi” – which means that he sits in the heart of the Sun. Look out for significant or poignant news that will draw people together.

However, Uranus will also be in on the act later in the day, part of the second theme of the week which is much trickier and potentially disruptive. Here’s the sequence:

·         Mars opposite Uranus on Christmas Day at 08.34 GMT

·         Mercury square Uranus on Sunday 29th at 20.49 GMT

·         Sun square Uranus in the early hours of Monday 30th, 05.06 GMT

I’ve thought long and hard about this line up, especially in the light of an astrologer’s job which is to inform and offer interpretations. No matter what spin I put on Uranus’ antics I am probably going to sound alarmist as there is o getting away from the fact that Mars is the planet of war and Uranus is the unpredictable, the loose cannon of the heavens, and nearly always turns out to be something that you couldn’t possibly have seen coming. So as much as I want to say avoid arguments, keep the peace etc, a prickly subject within a family is blue touch paper and even if you’re determined not to light it there’s no guarantee that everyone else can be trusted not to either! The Mars – Uranus combination is a short fuse.

So it’s not all festive good cheer, especially late on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning as the Mars – Uranus opposition is “applying” (yet to become exact). Alternatively, look out for disruptions to your carefully planned agenda – guests cancelling, unexpected guests being added at the last moment, cars breaking down or discovering that you’ve forgotten to send a vital card – I could speculate forever! Top advice – take everything in your stride, keep your sense of humour and don’t try and force anyone into doing anything that they don’t want to do. In fact, it’s probably a case of the less Uranian and the more Neptunian the better – go with the flow rather than swimming against the tide.

Nowhere will that be better embodied than here as the ex-pats line up for the Christmas swim. Yes we all gather on the quayside and watch everyone in fancy dress dive into the sea at 12.30. I will be a spectator, not a diver! The local Greeks think we’re all completely barmy, and they’d be right.

I had the perfect Neptune Xmas card to include here but I can’t find a way of copying it in. But it’s woman glugging straight out of the wine bottle while man pores over recipe book saying, “Am not sure that’s what they mean by reduce the wine…”

So Merry Christmas everyone – stay safe and have fun! xx

 

16 December 2013 – This week’s Astrology Blog

If you want to go straight to this week’s blog just scroll down past the course information and horoscope links.

Courses

If you want to explore the fascinating subjects of astrology or tarot, combined with a week’s holiday on this beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada, The Greek Island Summer School is about to enter its 13th year. Here are the course dates for 2014. Private tuition also available by arrangement:

 

Working with Tarot

Choose either w/c 5 May 2014 (6 of 6 places available) or
w/c 19 May 2014 (2 of 6 places available)

These courses are suitable for all levels. We revise the traditional divinatory meanings of the 78 Tarot cards and contribute our own. You will also learn a variety of spreads so that you are equipped for answering any kind of question. Throughout the week we also explore the nature of working with clients so you will hone both your divinatory and counselling skills, with theory and with practice readings.
More details
on the website here

Discovering Astrology – foundationcourse for beginners/refreshers

w/c 2 June 2014 (4 of 6 places available)
Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover horoscopy, the symbolism of the signs, planets and houses. Take your first steps in chart interpretation and making predictions, for the day do day things of life and for the major cycles that show important life events, such as relationships and vocation. Throughout the week we will work on your own horoscopes as well as celebrities that interest us and case histories from my own practice.
Check out the website for more details…

Astrology & Tarot – how to combine both skills

w/c 8 September 2014 (3 of 6 places available)
This course is suitable for the student who already has a grounding in both tarot and astrology. The aim is improve your tarot skills through deepening your understanding of the card meanings and learning how to engage with the symbolic. We will revise the nature and cycles of the planets and you will learn how to use the Ephemerides – the tables that follow the movement of the planets day by day – so that you can move easily between the past, present and future. By adding the astrological bow to your arrow you can offer your clients extra guidance in terms of their current life cycle, and enrich the accuracy of your readings with key dates for unfolding events.
Details on the website


Good Timing – Predictive Techniques in Astrology

w/c 22 September 2014 (4 of 6 places available)
This course is suitable for the student who has already completed a beginners’ course or who is familiar with the basic symbolism of the nuts and bolts of horoscopy – signs, planets and houses. The aim is to pull together all the threads of natal interpretation, to deepen your understanding of aspects and to learn how the “natal promise” within each individual horoscope comes to life through the predictive techniques of transits, returns and progressions. You will learn how to use the Ephemerides effectively, to work with “retrodiction” (what has already happened) as well as prediction, what is happening now and in the future.
To read about the week,
check out the website

If you have any queries or would like to reserve a place pleasecontact me direct here

Horoscopes

For an overview of the month and your December horoscope here’s the link to the column on Network She:

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

 

The Astrology Blog – w/b 16 December 2013

The week starts with Mercury quinqunx Jupiter. Yes, it’s an awkward word and it’s an even more awkward aspect. Sometimes you’ll hear it referred to as the “inconjunct” but whatever you call it, it’s tricky. It’s formed when two planets reach the same degree but five signs apart – and they therefore share no element or mode. In fact, they have absolutely nothing in common. It’s a bit like trying to have an earnest conversation and wondering if you’re talking the same language. Let me answer that for you – you’re not!

Talk-talk Mercury in cheerful but blunt Sagittarius is known for foot-in-mouth disease. With this blind spot link to exaggeration prone Jupiter the risk is even greater of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. In fact, it’s the sort of picture that signals the risk of making something even worse. You could try to put something right, but if you get the feeling that you’re just digging yourself into a deeper and deeper hole it’s probably because you are. Better to draw a deep breath about any sensitive subject and bide your time. Also look out for crossed wires and definitely don’t believe everything you are told. Stories doing the rounds at this time are likely to be the result of one person’s version or even the result of someone twisting the truth to serve their own agenda. This applies to officialdom too so don’t be fobbed off – especially if you’re owed money, read on!

We won’t have long to wait, however, before new information or other options come flooding in. Tuesday morning brings the Full Moon in Gemini – the sign that rules the spoken and written word, and communication in all its guises. This of course is also the sign of The Twins so look out for themes of doubling up – two versions of a story, choices to be made, decisions that will require debate, problem solving of the two birds with one stone variety, how to keep both sides of a family happy – and so on.

Listen out especially for news that will get the grapevine humming as Uranus, planet of surprises, turns direct early Tuesday evening, having been retrograde since the middle of July. Even a matter that you thought was hopelessly stuck can suddenly spin around and changes can happen in a heartbeat. Note also, however, that some matters may appear to happen out of the blue but they are probably the result of events that have been unfolding since the summer, or even longer. Uranus going direct at the time of the Full Moon is a bit like the lid blowing off the pressure cooker. Something you’ve been putting up with may suddenly become unbearable or a situation/person you’d given up on could suddenly spring back to life, and into your life, with a vengeance.

By comparison the rest of the week is more low key. It’s as if we are being allowed a few days to let the dust settle, to regroup and to make plans in the light of new circumstances. This is underlined by the Sun entering goal orientated Capricorn early Saturday evening, closely followed by Venus switching to retrograde also in this sign.

Regular readers will be familiar with the phenomenon of retrograde Mercury as this happens three times a year, for three weeks at a time. Venus turns retrograde less frequently, approximately every 19 months (March 2009, October 2010, May 2012 were the most recent retrograde dates) for approximately 6 weeks at a time. This current retrograde period will end on 31 January 2014.

So, what can we expect? Firstly Venus is Aphrodite, planet of love, so relationships already in trouble will be facing a very testing time. The qualities of Venus being expressed through Capricorn are those of endurance, responsibility, hard work and generally taking love very seriously. While she is retrograde in this sign then, all of these issues become even more poignant. If you are in a totally joyless relationship you will be asking yourself why. Misplaced loyalty? Going above and beyond the call of duty? Feeling trapped by your responsibilities or shared assets? If a relationship is floundering but the love is still there you will need to get right back to basics, strip away all trivia and irrelevant issues, and restructure. Capricorn needs to know where the goal posts are and to play by the rules.

Retrograde Venus in this sign will want to rewrite the rule book, to find out how much love matters and to put commitment and intimacy issues under the microscope. Relationships that are unlikely to stand up to this kind of close scrutiny could crumble, especially over the notorious holiday “make or break” season. January is not the top business month for divorce lawyers for nothing!

Ok, that is worst case scenario. Other possibilities to look out for in your love life – meeting someone who is unavailable or who will be absent for the next six weeks, getting back with an ex and trying to make it work, delaying tactics from one partner if you’re talking of getting married or moving in together, reasons beyond your control that will delay such matters, a feeling that you’re constantly having to learn the same love lessons twice – or more. Attached, separating or single, there will be many serious questions to ponder over the next six weeks.

Venus also rules money. Do not be foolish with finances! If you’ve already overspent for Xmas now is the time to tie up the purse strings, to rein in your spending and to stick to a strict budget. Resist buying on credit or committing to anything that you suspect is going to prove too expensive. It’s the time to pull out of deals that are designed to benefit only the other person or to question any matter in which you feel that you’re missing the point. For many it will be a fallow time as companies trim back budgets further, so unfortunately pay cuts or redundancies are in there too. In essence, if money is an issue, it fits the bill of a retrograde Venus in Capricorn to impose your own austerity measures and to make your hard earned cash go a lot further, to put bills and debts first, pleasures second.

There is a big question mark hovering over values – at a personal and emotional level what/whom do you really love, and at a practical level, where is money being wasted, how can you meet expenses, or make something pay? If you’re getting a property valued I would strongly recommend getting at least two valuations (supported by Full Moon in Gemini) and ideally waiting until Venus goes direct at the end of January before accepting any offers. Waiting games of many kinds lie ahead, but this doesn’t mean that everything will grind to a halt. However, business dealings will need a lot of patience and negotiation. Retrograde cycles favour going “back” – to the drawing board, to former employers, to ideas. Waste no time in sowing seeds if you want to reap a bumper harvest in February.

Above all Venus is desire so guard against the classic “be careful what you wish for”… you might change your mind!

9 December 2013 – This week’s Astrology

If you want to go straight to this week’s blog just scroll down past the course information and horoscope links.

Courses

If you want to explore the fascinating subjects of astrology or tarot, combined with a week’s holiday on this beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada, The Greek Island Summer School is about to enter its 13th year. Here are the course dates for 2014. Private tuition also available by arrangement:

Working with Tarot

Choose either w/c 5 May 2014 (6 of 6 places available) or
w/c 19 May 2014 (2 of 6 places available)
These courses are suitable for all levels. We revise the traditional divinatory meanings of the 78 Tarot cards and contribute our own. You will also learn a variety of spreads so that you are equipped for answering any kind of question. Throughout the week we also explore the nature of working with clients so you will hone both your divinatory and counselling skills, with theory and with practice readings.
More details on the website here

Discovering Astrology – foundation course for beginners/refreshers

w/c 2 June 2014 (4 of 6 places available)
Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover horoscopy, the symbolism of the signs, planets and houses. Take your first steps in chart interpretation and making predictions, for the day do day things of life and for the major cycles that show important life events, such as relationships and vocation. Throughout the week we will work on your own horoscopes as well as celebrities that interest us and case histories from my own practice.
Check out the website for more details…

Astrology & Tarot – how to combine both skills

w/c 8 September 2014 (3 of 6 places available)
This course is suitable for the student who already has a grounding in both tarot and astrology. The aim is improve your tarot skills through deepening your understanding of the card meanings and learning how to engage with the symbolic. We will revise the nature and cycles of the planets and you will learn how to use the Ephemerides – the tables that follow the movement of the planets day by day – so that you can move easily between the past, present and future. By adding the astrological bow to your arrow you can offer your clients extra guidance in terms of their current life cycle, and enrich the accuracy of your readings with key dates for unfolding events.
Details on the website

Good Timing – Predictive Techniques in Astrology

w/c 22 September 2014 (4 of 6 places available)
This course is suitable for the student who has already completed a beginners’ course or who is familiar with the basic symbolism of the nuts and bolts of horoscopy – signs, planets and houses. The aim is to pull together all the threads of natal interpretation, to deepen your understanding of aspects and to learn how the “natal promise” within each individual horoscope comes to life through the predictive techniques of transits, returns and progressions. You will learn how to use the Ephemerides effectively, to work with “retrodiction” (what has already happened) as well as prediction, what is happening now and in the future.
To read about the week, check out the website

If you have any queries or would like to reserve a place please contact me direct here

Horoscopes

For an overview of the month and your December horoscope here’s the link to the column on Network She:

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

 

The Astrology Blog – w/b 9 December 2013

Mercury, planet of all communication, is now up to full speed in Sagittarius. This is picture perfect for getting up to speed yourself with Christmas cards/gifts, especially those that you’re sending overseas as Sag rules all things foreign. Anyone special in your thoughts? Now’s the time to get in touch.

Mercury makes only one aspect this week which is a trine (harmonious) to Uranus, exact around 17.00 GMT tomorrow. Compared to the emotional, slippery and energy draining square to Neptune at the end of last week this is a shot in the arm. It feels fresh, crisp, action orientated and possibly dramatic. Uranus loves to flavor life with the unexpected and the unusual, and tends to signal events that unfold suddenly or even totally out of the blue.

Business wise these first two days of the week are ideal for admin in all its shapes and guises. Uranus rules technology so emails are at the top of the list, sending or receiving. You may well hear from someone you’ve been waiting on or long dragged out decision making processes will come to an abrupt conclusion. Don’t be afraid to push for answers.

The rest of the week is then dominated by the landmark trine between Jupiter and Saturn, exact at 00.01 on Friday. These two slower moving planets first made this aspect back in July and will repeat the aspect for the third and final time in May of next year.

This halfway point of course marks the passing of Nelson Mandela, his memorial service and then lying in state before the funeral at the weekend. Again, this is picture perfect astrology:

·         Jupiter – planet of the international and also wisdom, education, liberation and world view – is currently in Cancer, his sign of “exaltation”. This is Mandela’s natal placing – he was born 18 July in the sign of Cancer (home, family, patriotism) but the dominant aspect of his horoscope is a Jupiter – Pluto conjunction also in this sign, encapsulating his life’s purpose of reform for his homeland and the huge sacrifice of personal freedom in order to fight against the principle of white supremacy and to win human rights for the African people.

·         Saturn – planet of authority, duty, solemnity, restriction, endings – ultimately death – currently in Scorpio, sign of power, rebirth and all transformative processes.

As around 70 world leaders all flock to South Africa Mandela’s legacy will be reiterated around the globe, and will live forever. The most powerful tribute to his personal nature, which I’ve read many times over the last few days, is how he was known for his remarkable lack of bitterness.

For me that sums up the universal message of the Jupiter – Saturn trine. If you are nursing any kind of bitterness or resentment now is the time to address it, heal it and let it go. It doesn’t matter how hard done by you might feel, releasing bitterness is the single best thing you can do for your wellbeing.

Jupiter and Saturn are opposing principles. In a nutshell, Jupiter is expansion and “yes”, Saturn is restriction and “no”. But as they come together in this harmonious pattern, and in water signs (element of the emotions), differences can be overcome and unified. Personal boundaries are hugely important at this time. I think it’s about giving what you can, but learning to say no when you can’t, to play by the rules but not at the expense of compassion. Now is the time to restructure any relationship or area of your life that has not been working, and to focus on compromises that are truly viable.

 

 

2 December 2013 – This week’s Astrology

If you want to go straight to this week’s blog just scroll down past the course information and horoscope links.

Courses

The Greek Island Summer School is now entering its 12th year. If you want to explore the fascinating subjects of astrology or tarot, combined with a week’s holiday on this beautiful Greek island of Lefkada, here are the course dates for 2014:

Working with Tarot – the most popular course.

Choose either w/c 5 May 2014 (6 of 6 places available) or
w/c 19 May 2014 (2 of 6 places available)


These courses are suitable for all levels. We revise the traditional divinatory meanings of the 78 Tarot cards and contribute our own. You will also learn a variety of spreads so that you are equipped for answering any kind of question. Throughout the week we also explore the nature of working with clients so you will hone both your divinatory and counselling skills, with theory and with practice readings.
More details on the website here

Discovering Astrology – foundationcourse for beginners/refreshers

w/c 2 June 2014 (4 of 6 places available)


Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover horoscopy, the symbolism of the signs, planets and houses. Take your first steps in chart interpretation and making predictions, for the day do day things of life and for the major cycles that show important life events, such as relationships and vocation. Throughout the week we will work on your own horoscopes as well as celebrities that interest us and case histories from my own practice.
Check out the website for more details…

Astrology & Tarot – how to combine both skills

w/c 8 September 2014 (3 of 6 places available)
This course is suitable for the student who already has a grounding in both tarot and astrology. The aim is improve your tarot skills through deepening your understanding of the card meanings and learning how to engage with the symbolic. We will revise the nature and cycles of the planets and you will learn how to use the Ephemerides – the tables that follow the movement of the planets day by day – so that you can move easily between the past, present and future. By adding the astrological bow to your arrow you can offer your clients extra guidance in terms of their current life cycle, and enrich the accuracy of your readings with key dates for unfolding events.
Details on the website


Good Timing – Predictive Techniques in Astrology

w/c 22 September 2014 (4 of 6 places available)

This course is suitable for the student who has already completed a beginners’ course or who is familiar with the basic symbolism of the nuts and bolts of horoscopy – signs, planets and houses. The aim is to pull together all the threads of natal interpretation, to deepen your understanding of aspects and to learn how the “natal promise” within each individual horoscope comes to life through the predictive techniques of transits, returns and progressions. You will learn how to use the Ephemerides effectively, to work with “retrodiction” (what has already happened) as well as prediction, what is happening now and in the future.
To read about the week, check out the website

If you have any queries or would like to reserve a place please contact me direct here

 

The Astrology Blog – w/b 2 December 2013

Firstly thanks to everyone who’s sent Happy Birthday wishes – much appreciated. Ever wondered where “many happy returns” comes from? Your birthday is your Solar Return – the day that the Sun returns to the exact degree of the sign in which you were born. So a very, very Happy Solar Return to my twin sister Sue. It is unbelievable what you have had to cope with this year yet, every day, you still enrich my life and every day I thank “my lucky stars” for your unconditional and unwavering love and support. See you later!

So, it’s especially uplifting to start this week’s blog with the fact that we have a New Moon at 11 degrees of Sagittarius, exact at 00.23 GMT tomorrow. New Moons equal new cycles, the point at which something new is born. They can signal brand new opportunities that seemingly spring to life from nowhere, or they can relate to something that has been in the making for a while. Either way, the theme is fresh starts and new beginnings. The Moon’s universal connection to family and property may also feature.

For now look out for themes related to the sign of Sagittarius. The top keyword for this sign is expansion – so anything that makes your world a bigger place gets a tick, such as travel and all things connected to overseas. Expanding the mind is in there too as this sign rules education and “the higher mind” – your belief system and philosophy of life. It’s also the sign of truth and justice so anything from setting the record straight to dealing with legal matters is now in a sensitive phase.

This New Moon also coincides with Mercury sextile (harmonious) Mars. This is important for two reasons:

·         This is a repeating aspect. Mercury in Scorpio sextile Mars in Virgo first aligned on 1 November when both planets were at 10 degrees. This time both planets have moved on to align at 27 degrees. Look out for second chances or for pivotal information/discussions related to a matter that started at the beginning of last month.

·         Secondly this is Mercury’s last aspect before finally exiting Scorpio. Mercury would normally spend between 2 to 4 weeks in each sign but because of the recent retrograde period Mercury has been travelling forwards/backwards/forwards in Scorpio since 29 September.

If you’re waiting for green lights of any kind your patience should now be rewarded. Expected or unexpected, whatever ideas or offers surface at this time are designed to move you onwards and upwards, so don’t hesitate. Note that Sagittarius is a big thinking generous sign so there may also well be helping hands from those who love you, or from those who believe in you and care about your future. Also note what unfolds on Thursday, the day that Mercury moves into Sagittarius. Any “ingress” (the moment when a planet enters a new sign) also carries the symbolism of new chapters, fresh starts and opportunity.

The information and communication planet Mercury in Scorpio for such a long time has been very testing – secrets, hidden agendas, things that are painful to say or hear, sorting out the lies from the truth and so on. Mercury’s move into truth freak Sagittarius is therefore more significant than usual. However, his first aspect is a square (difficult) to Neptune – exact on Friday evening. This may briefly muddy the waters again so be cautious. Confide only in those whose discretion is beyond question and don’t believe everything you hear. Whatever comes out over a few drinks is also likely to be highly sensitive! But Mercury is now picking up speed and any blip should be manageable.

Finally, the other big event of the week is Mars also changing sign, moving into Libra on Saturday. Mars would usually spend about two months travelling through a sign but, again, because of a long retrograde period (that won’t start until the beginning of next March) Mars will end up spending over 7 months in this sign.

What does that signify? I’ll obviously be talking a lot more about this in the coming months but for now note that traditional astrology says that Mars is in “detriment” in this sign. Mars is the god of war and action, he thrives in dynamic Aries and determined Scorpio, but he is somewhat weakened when in their opposite signs of Libra and Taurus.

In a nutshell Libra is THE sign of relating. The famous Scales are associated with indecision, weighing things up, but they also symbolize the two parties in any relationship. Whatever one side does affects the other. Libra is ruled by the love planet Venus, so the Mars characteristics of fierce independence, militance and blazing your own trail are in question. Success is now more likely to lie in partnership, collaboration and negotiation. The relationships that truly reflect the skills of compromise and equality – both personal and professional – are the ones that are worth investing in. For now look at what you could achieve with someone else rather than going solo, and work with the old saying of two heads really are better than one.

 

 

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