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March 2015

Your action packed Astrology blog – 30 March to 19 April 2015

The Astrology Blog – 30 March to 19 April 2015

I’m off to the UK on Thursday and won’t be posting again until 20 April. I’ll be sending a separate mailing before I go about Summer School courses and bookings.

There’s a lot of astrology to cover for while I’m away – should be a very interesting trip! – so this blog follows a slightly different format, giving you a more concise but hopefully clear outline of the unfolding astrological picture over the next three weeks.

Soul and Spirit magazine Annual Awards 2015

Firstly just to remind everyone about these awards. This part is just to nominate but you don’t have to choose something for everything. Sorry for the confusion that several people have flagged up. The form is designed so that you can’t leave blanks – but all you have to do is write N/A alongside the topics for which you’re not nominating.

A big thank you to those who have already nominated me. If you want to give me a shout I’m looking for nominations for:

• Be Your Own Astrologer – book
• The Greek Island Summer School – retreat
• The weekly blog
• Astrologer
• Author
Here’s the link:
http://www.soulandspiritmagazine.com/awards/

Be Your Own Astrologer workshop Hampstead Saturday 11 April
The 20 places are booked so this workshop is now full, along with all appointments for private consultations.
• If you would like to be contacted in the event of any cancellations just reply to this blog with Cancellation place on the workshop please OR Cancellation place for a consultation please. After Thursday of this week please email Sally Kirkman, sally@sallykirkman.com
• I already have a list on the go for the next event – date to be decided – but again if you’d like to be contacted about this directly reply to the blog with Information for future workshops please

What’s happening over the next three weeks?
All times stated are now in BST
New cycles are in the making and this week starts with two planets changing sign –
Tuesday 31 March
• Mercury ingress Aries (02.45)
• Mars ingress Taurus (17.28)
The Mercury change of sign is a bit like another spring equinox. Any planet at 0 degrees of any sign is powerful, but 0 degrees of Aries marks the beginning of the zodiac and symbolises all that is newly born, unfettered and unspoiled. This is like The Fool in the 78 cards of the Tarot – the very first card, not numbered 1 but numbered 0, the totally clean slate and fresh page, pointing to the adventuresof life lying in wait and with a sense that anything could happen.
Mercury is communication, Aries is cardinal fire – like a laser beam. In my book I write about Mercury in Aries:
If you want to get the vibe of Mercury in speed freak Mars’ sign then look no further than Anita Renfroe. She’s born on a New Moon in Aries (so Sun and Moon in Aries) as well as having Mercury in this sign. She condenses everything a mother would say into less than three minutes and belts it out to the tune of William Tell. It made her a U Tube sensation.
So why not start the day with a laugh and watch her in action!

Not only is Mercury now in the dynamic fire sign of Aries he is also very fast moving and forms a stack of aspects before changing sign again mid April, most of which coincide with other major aspects, and the sequence kicks off in the middle of this week –

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23 March 2015 – Spring fever, the joys of Venus and your sense of purpose

The Astrology Blog – 23 March 2015

Just to start by clearing up some confusion about the Soul and Spirit magazine Annual Awards 2015. I posted last week that they’re compiling their categories but you don’t have to vote for everything. Every box requires an answer but you can write N/A alongside the topics that you’re not voting for. Amongst the categories are:
• Most inspiring spiritual blog
• Best retreat/healing centre
• Best-loved astrologer
• Best-loved psychic
• Best spiritual book of the year
• Favourite mind, body, spirit author
• Best spiritual course/workshop provider etc

A big thank you to those who have already voted. If you want to give me a shout I’m looking for nominations for:

• Be Your Own Astrologer – book
• The Greek Island Summer School – retreat
• The weekly blog
• Astrologer
• Author

Here’s the link:
http://www.soulandspiritmagazine.com/awards/

Answers need to be submitted by 17 April 2015. You will then be entered into a prize draw to win various goodies. The magazine then draws up a list of finalists and from 15 May 2015 you’ll be able to vote for your winners. I’ll post the link for that when I have it.

Be Your Own Astrologer workshop Hampstead Saturday 11 April

The 20 places are booked so this workshop is now full, along with all appointments for private consultations.
• If you would like to be contacted in the event of any cancellations just reply to this blog with Cancellation place on the workshop please OR Cancellation place for a consultation please
• I already have a list on the go for the next event – date to be decided – but again if you’d like to be contacted about this directly reply to the blog with Information for future workshops please

Last week’s Eclipse

Well astronomically it was a non event here being in southern Europe but the pictures on the BBC etc were stunning. Just thought it was worth commenting on this amazing phenomenon, that the Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon, but 400 times the distance from Earth, so they appear to be the same size, hence at Eclipse time the discs slot over each other to perfection. This is astonishing mathematics but also powerful astrologically in that it reminds us that the “lights” – Sun, light of the day and Moon, light of the night – carry equal symbolic weight in the horoscope. You are so much more than your Sun sign, which is the thesis of my new book, Be Your Own Astrologer.

Also regular readers will remember that I commented last week about the eclipse falling at the very difficult degree of 29 Pisces, the position of a Fixed Star called Scheat that is associated with intense suffering. On that note, and in the warrior spirit of the Spring Equinox, it would be a great start to the week if you would take just a few seconds – that’s all it takes – to like and share this Facebook page for fellow blogger Raif Badawi. Amnesty International is keeping up the pressure – and so can we. We only have to imagine if this were someone we loved…
https://www.facebook.com/free.badawi
Last week we also had some difficult Mercury aspects – which I have said before but forgot to say last week, often show as if Mercury were retrograde. Mercury is currently travelling through Pisces, sign of mutable water, and two people managed to put their mobile phones through the washing machine… astrology can be very literal sometimes, thank you Mercury, very funny… while another sent her phone off to have the back replaced and it was returned with the part replaced but wiped clean of a huge archive of her photographs and videos (Pisces’ planet Neptune rules film). Many of her faves are posted on her Facebook albums but the rest are gone… forever.
What’s happening this week?
With that warning in mind, note that Mercury has one more week to go on the journey through Pisces, and one more aspect to form before moving on into Aries next Tuesday. The last aspect happens tomorrow –
Tuesday Mercury conjunct Chiron (13.07)
Mercury as always is the news bringer – the planet he is aligning with indicates the kind of news. Chiron is the wounded healer but, as with all the outer planets, he is very much a double edged sword. On a positive note this aspect can indicate finding cures, healing experiences or bonding very deeply with someone special. Take note of what you hear about or whom you meet at this time. On the other hand this can also signal the arrival of emotional or sad news.
This aspect coincides with another major aspect just three hours later –
Tuesday Venus sextile Neptune (06.27)
This rather softens the possible blow of the Mercury – Chiron, being a very powerful aspect as both planets are dignified – Venus now being in her own sign of Taurus and Neptune being in his own sign of Pisces – and the sextile is arguably the most harmonious aspect of them all. So this is absolutely fabulous for falling in love, acts of great kindness and compassion, spiritual experiences, quality time with loved ones, especially girlfriends and children.

This is Venus’ first aspect since changing sign at the beginning of last week and in relationships the need for real empathy, not paying lip service, rides high. If you’ve been waiting to have “that conversation” then don’t put it off any longer. The early part of the week and especially Monday is definitely the best for heart to hearts, for getting someone to understand your feelings/point of view or vice versa.
Venus is also beauty and as she’s now in the tactile earth sign of Taurus this is also the ideal aspect for salon visits, massage, aromatherapy and so on. Venus, known as the lesser benefic (Jupiter being the greater one) also rules everything connected to life’s pleasures and the sweet things of life. Do whatever makes you feel good.
The flipside to look out for is anything connected to fantasy or unnecessary martyrdom. It’s too easy to dream on and on about something without actually doing anything about it, or checking out the facts, or believing oneself to be trapped or blighted! Love of course is top of the list. If you want to find out how someone really feels about you then this is a great time for testing the water – you could be pleasantly surprised.
Getting your act together in any sense is the subtext to all emotional or practical matters – Venus after all rules money too – as is underlined by arguably the most important aspect of the week –

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16 March 2015 – Being shaken, stirred and eclipsed – how to travel the road to the Spring Equinox

The Astrology Blog – 16 March 2015

I’ve been contacted by Soul and Spirit magazine who are now compiling their Annual Awards 2015 and here are some of the categories:
• Most inspiring spiritual blog
• Best retreat/healing centre
• Best-loved astrologer
• Best-loved psychic
• Most inspiring life coach
• Favourite mind, body, spirit author
• Best spiritual book of the year
• Best spiritual course/workshop provider
• Best mind, body, spirit experience
If you’d like to nominate The Greek Island Summer School for “best retreat” – or me for the blog or astrologer or author category! – here’s the link:
http://www.soulandspiritmagazine.com/awards/
There’s a short form to fill in which you have to submit by 17 April 2015. You will then be entered into a prize draw to win various goodies. The magazine then draws up a list of finalists and from 15 May 2015 you’ll be able to vote for your winners. I’ll post the link for that when I have it.

Be Your Own Astrologer – Workshop Saturday 11 April
10.00 am to 5.00pm
£85.00

Rosslyn Hill Chapel
3 Pilgrim’s Place, London NW3 1NG
Hampstead tube

There are 2 of 20 places now left for this workshop

This workshop is based on the material covered in my new book and is suitable for beginners/refreshers to intermediate –
• Learn more about your personality and deepest nature
• Learn how astrology reflects not only your true self but your life experience in the past, present and immediate future
• Learn about retrodiction – how to locate past events in your horoscope – and how to apply the same tools to the art of prediction and understanding your life cycles

When you book please have ready your personal data – your date and place of birth, and your time of birth as accurately as possible. I will be drawing up everyone’s personal horoscope in advance of the event for all participating students. My colleague astrologer Sally Kirkman will be with us for the day to assist with the work on everyone’s charts.

Private Consultations

I have ONE remaining slot for private consultations on Tuesday 7 April. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more or book an appointment.

More London Workshops – Astrology or Tarot
I am planning several more workshops to run through

out the summer and I already have a list on the go for those who would like to attend the next one or who want to be kept informed of future events.
If you’d like to be added to this list just reply to this newsletter – with PLEASE ADD ME TO THE MAILING LIST FOR THE LONDON WORKSHOPS.

 

The Greek Island Summer School
If you’re thinking of coming over to Greece to join one of the courses running this summer here’s a new link for flights to Preveza, our local airport. Transfer time to Nidri on the island of Lefkada is just 45 minutes drive. I can arrange transfers and accommodation for you – just let me know what you need, anything from family run rooms to five star hotels!
http://book.thomascookairlines.com/cheap-flights/to-Preveza-Greece/

What’s happening this week?

All times stated are in GMT
Let me start by saying that in the last few weeks I’ve omitted to mention a mutual reception at work. This phenomenon last occurred in December when we had the Sun in Sagittarius, Jupiter’s masculine sign. Now we have Sun in Pisces, Jupiter’s feminine sign, and Jupiter himself still travelling through Leo – the Sun’s sign. In other words, Jupiter and the Sun currently occupy each other’s signs. Even though they are not in harmonious aspect to each other they can behave as if they are. This particular mutual reception won’t happen again until Jupiter returns to Leo in 12 years time.
How can we use a mutual reception? Symbolically this translates into putting yourself into another place literally (geographically) or emotionally (empathically). This is especially powerful as the mutual reception involves the Sun (life force, essence of soul and self, rules the heart in the physical body) and Jupiter (the Greater Benefic – he is good for us) who rules not only compassion and humanity, but also the world of travel and learning. Anything that broadens your horizons in any sense, or anything that frees you, is Jupiter’s role.
Maybe there is someone you care about going through a struggle and something you can do will help? Do it. Putting yourself in their shoes and imagining what you would need in that situation will give you the answers. Maybe there is someone in a different country you long to see, and one of you will have to travel? Or maybe you’ll both have to lift yourselves out of your physical location and meet in the middle? If you’re thinking about this then don’t hesitate – book those tickets! Jupiter is the bringer of joy and you could make someone’s heart lift – and your own.
As ever the “as above, so below” principle reminds us to look for that all important context. Astrological events are not causal – they don’t make us do things. Rather they represent a massive celestial mirror – look into this and you’ll see your life being reflected back to you.

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9 March 2015 – Mighty Mars on the warpath, how to fight your battles – and the first gentle whisper of spring

The Astrology Blog – 9 March 2015

Be Your Own Astrologer – Workshop Saturday 11 April
10.00 am to 5.00pm
£85.00

Rosslyn Hill Chapel
3 Pilgrim’s Place, London NW3 1NG
Hampstead tube

There are 5 of 20 places now left for this workshop
joannaw@otenet.gr

This will be a fun workshop, and a wonderful opportunity to work on your own horoscope. I will be drawing up everyone’s personal horoscope in advance of the event for all participating students. My colleague astrologer Sally Kirkman will be with us for the day to assist with the work on everyone’s charts.
When you book please have ready your personal data – your date and place of birth, and your time of birth as accurately as possible
The workshop Be Your Own Astrologer is based on the material covered in my new book and is suitable for beginners/refreshers to intermediate –
• Gain insights into your natal chart
• Learn how astrology reflects not only your nature but your life experience in the past, present and immediate future
• Learn about retrodiction – how to locate past events in your horoscope – and how to apply the same tools to the art of prediction and understanding your life cycles
If London is too far away for you then do note another date for your diary the following weekend in the northwest. The Bolton conference is an annual event and here are the details for this year:

BOLTON ASTROLOGICAL SOCIETY SPRING CONFERENCE 2015
18th APRIL 2015 10.30 – 4.30
£35 (Including Lunch)
Venue : Over Hulton Conservative Club, Bolton BL5 1AA
Speaker – Jane Ridder-Patrick
Morning session: Saturn in Sickness and in Health
Afternoon session: The IC and the Fourth House
For more information please contact: Jennifer Staveley-Hall boltonastro@yahoo.co.uk

Private Consultations

I have ONE remaining slot for private consultations on Tuesday 7 April. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more or book an appointment.

What’s happening this week?

All times stated are in GMT

Regular readers and followers of astrology will know that we are currently being tuned into the bigger picture, the huge backdrop being created by two slow moving outer planets, Uranus (84 year cycle) and Pluto (248 year cycle). As I posted last week these two giants have been in square to each other for several years, ie three signs apart, as Uranus travels through Aries and Pluto travels through Capricorn.

The square aspect between these two has been exact an astonishing six times (usually outer planets meet 3 times, sometimes 5) with a seventh and final one to come, as they’ve travelled backward and forwards from 8 degrees to 15 degrees of their respective signs – here are the dates:

• 24 June 2012 at 8 degrees
• 19 September 2012 at 7 degrees
• 20 May 2013 at 11 degrees
• 1 November 2013 at 9 degrees
• 21 April 2014 at 13 degrees
• 15 December 2014 at 12 degrees
• 17 March 2015 at 15 degrees

So the final square will be exact next Tuesday, so just a week to go, which is a negligible grain of sand amount of time when considering these major aspects between slow moving planets. Dramatic world events have coincided with the list of dates so far but, as I said last week, a lot of it makes harrowing reading. Hardly surprising, given that Uranus rules everything under the umbrella of revolution – drama, change, shocks, suddenness, the unexpected, anarchy or innovation, while Pluto rules everything under the umbrella of evolution – endings, death and rebirth, the use/abuse of power, control issues and change of the slower but grindingly inevitable kind.

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2 March 2015 – Jupiter’s opportunities, Full Moon revelations, the healing journey and the value of self love

The Astrology Blog – 2 March 2015

All times stated are in GMT

ASTROLOGY WORKSHOP, LONDON
Saturday 11 April 10.00am – 5.00pm
Suitable for beginners to intermediate

Be Your Own Astrologer – Unlock the Secrets of the Signs and Planets is the title of my new book and also of the workshop in London on Saturday 11 April. The venue is the beautiful Rosslyn Hill Chapel in Hampstead.

Learning more about your own horoscope – If you’d like to learn more about how to interpret your chart and how to make your own predictions, for yourself or others, then this is the workshop for you! Please have your personal data to hand when you book your place so that your horoscope can be drawn up in advance – date and place of birth, and time of birth as accurately as possible.

My colleague astrologer Sally Kirkman will be joining us for the day to assist with the work on everyone’s charts. Scroll down to read further details after the blog. If you’d like to receive more information about this workshop just reply to this newsletter or start a new email joannaw@otenet.gr with London workshop, please add me to the mailing list – in the Subject box.

If London is too far away for you then do note another date for your diary the following weekend in the northwest. The Bolton conference is an annual event and here are the details for this year:

BOLTON ASTROLOGICAL SOCIETY SPRING CONFERENCE 2015
18th APRIL 2015 10.30 – 4.30
£35 (Including Lunch)

Venue : Over Hulton Conservative Club, Bolton BL5 1AA
Speaker – Jane Ridder-Patrick
Morning session: Saturn in Sickness and in Health
Afternoon session: The IC and the Fourth House
For more information please contact: Jennifer Staveley-Hall boltonastro@yahoo.co.uk

What’s happening this week?

The first word goes to Mercury who reaches the end of what his called his “shadow” period tomorrow. To remind you of the sequence that has led up to this moment –

• 21 January Mercury turned retrograde at 17.04 Aquarius
• 11 February Mercury turned direct at 1.18 Aquarius
• 3 March Mercury reaches 17.04 Aquarius for the second time

In other words, after the usual three week period of being retrograde 11 February marked the turning point, Mercury then started to gather speed but stays in “shadow” until reaching the same degree at which he turned retrograde, so is back up to full speed as of tomorrow.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve suggested looking out for something picking up speed in your own life and, whatever the key issue may be, you should now get results or have a sense of being firmly back in the driving seat. More energy, a clearer sense of direction, a renewed determination, taking ideas off the drawing board and putting them into action, making definite plans or decisions, shaking off hesitation or doubt, receiving long awaited news or goods, information that makes a difference, things generally happening in a much more hassle free way – these are the kind of things to expect.

You may already be experiencing some of the above as the messages or events signaled by major astrological activity often kick in during the 48 hours beforehand. Regular readers will remember the fiasco of the first author copies of my books being couriered out here only to end up at the top of the wrong mountain, but over the weekend my big box of copies arrived safely and easily with a haulage company. I met the truck, a friend happened to be meeting the same one, my boxes came out immediately and he lifted them straight into my car. Thank you Pedro! From leaving home to returning with books was 20 minutes. Result! Book launch party here we come – just waiting for it to stop raining…

On that subject you may remember also that last week we had the Sun – Neptune conjunction in Pisces (sign of mutable water) and I said look out for plumbing or water related problems. We’ve had both – a blocked drain in the drive and in the early hours of Thursday morning (I realized the next day it was almost to the minute of the conjunction being exact) we were awoken by a huge storm which Sue described as someone throwing huge buckets of water against the windows every five minutes. Throw into the mix a very nervous little dog (mine, Coco) who is terrified of storms … for those of you old enough to remember the original cartoon Scooby Doo, the image of shaking dog clinging to owner’s head … that was me with Coco. Fortunately she weighs only 7 kilos. Did I mention that I’ve found many times that Neptune aspects often relate to sleep – or lack of it??

Back to this week, the picture of onwards and upwards is hugely supported by the astrology in the first half of the week, starting with a harmonious aspect between two major planets –

Tuesday Jupiter trine Uranus (12.28)

This aspect happens in the proactive and vibrant fire signs of Leo and Aries respectively and has already formed once (25 September 2014) and will form for a third and final time on 22 June. In a nutshell Jupiter rules good fortune and expansion – anything that makes your world bigger and better is his job – and Uranus rules the unexpected and innovation. In particular then look out for events that are linked to travel, education or any opportunity to make positive changes in your life.

For some this will come along in the shape of a stroke of good luck, and many good things will be characterized by rapidity, spontaneity or excitement. There’s a sense of, oh finally, I can do this or that etc, and you’ll be able to swing into action. Psychologically look out for breakthroughs and light bulb moments. If you’re tied into any kind of arrangements that suit others but are not that brilliant for you now’s the time to break free. Jupiter and Uranus are both liberty lovers. Also look out for a kind of midpoint theme with major plans or projects, or for the chance to put irons in the fire that will sizzle in June.

Love issues are a part of this picture as Venus – also currently travelling through Aries – plays into this major aspect –

Wednesday
Venus trine Jupiter (15.15) and Venus conjunct Uranus (18.47)

This is the stuff of whirlwind romance, meeting someone when you least expected it and when romance was the furthest thing from your mind, or a casual romance suddenly taking off and moving to the next level. Conversely, if you’re in the wrong relationship or if you’ve been battling with unrequited love, you’ll find that there’s no way that you can continue to paper over the cracks. Either way changes are for the better, even if it doesn’t feel like that at the time.

Apart from love, Venus – Jupiter aspects are fantastic for lovely opportunities of all kinds. Venus rules money and all of life’s sweetest pleasures. Almost without exception my best work moments happen on Venus – Jupiter contacts.

The even bigger picture also includes Uranus, as we have the huge backdrop being created by two slow moving outer planets, Uranus (84 year cycle) and Pluto (248 year cycle). These two giants have been in square to each other for several years, ie three signs apart, as Uranus travels through Aries and Pluto travels through Capricorn.

The square aspect between these two has been exact an astonishing six times with a seventh and final one to come, as they’ve travelled backward and forwards from 8 degrees to 15 degrees of their respective signs – here are the dates:

• 24 June 2012 at 8 degrees
• 19 September 2012 at 7 degrees
• 20 May 2013 at 11 degrees
• 1 November 2013 at 9 degrees
• 21 April 2014 at 13 degrees
• 15 December 2014 at 12 degrees
• 17 March 2015 at 15 degrees

As above, so below. I started researching the top news items for the first date on this list but, unsurprisingly, it made rather harrowing reading. Uranus is change and drama (revolution), Pluto is endings and power (evolution), but in the difficult square formation more often than not the showings at a global level are alarming, sickening or frightening. Harking back to political unrest, atrocities or typhoons is not what this blog is about. However, neither is alarmism, so don’t panic! If you have planets or angles at between 8 and 15 degrees of the cardinal signs (the Aries – Libra polarity, or the Cancer – Capricorn polarity) then you have already gone through a long period of great turbulence, with every step as part of the journey that will reach a dénouement in a couple of weeks’ time. Here’s the usual link for checking the signs and degrees of your natal planets –

http://www.alwaysastrology.com/birth-chart-calculator.html

I’ll be talking more about this big event over the next few weeks but the reason this square is already important this week is because Venus is playing into it (it will be Mars’s turn next week) with the conjunction to Uranus on Wednesday as listed above and then the square to Pluto –

Thursday Venus square Pluto (03.16)

This also coincides with the Full Moon which, in turn, also falls in aspect to Pluto –

Thursday Full Moon at 15 degrees of Virgo (18.07)
Friday Sun sextile Pluto (00.17)

This all adds up to a “something’s gotta give” feeling. Re love stuff this will especially apply if you’re caught up in any kind of triangle. Venus – Pluto contacts are notorious for endings/beginnings with all affairs, putting an end to pretence or subterfuge, and sounding the death knell for relationships that are already unhealthy, unhappy or impossible. For some this will bring the moment of realizing that walking away with nothing and starting over is the only life saving option. Pluto is all about the process of change and is ultimately about rebirth. Plutonic transformation is tough though, the real ordeal by fire, and something has to be wiped out or killed off first. One of his symbols is the phoenix –

“In Greek mythology a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that can regenerate or be reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.” (Wikipedia)

Along with the Full Moon’s reputation for domestics (as I’ve mentioned before, police stations and A&E workers know to expect their busiest times on full moons) there’s no getting away from the fact that this is a highly sensitized picture. The difficult characteristics of love gone wrong or any other kind of relationship that is causing grief – such as abuse of power, control issues, the corrosion of resentment, jealousy, contempt, fear – could all too easily come crawling out of the shadows. They need to, so don’t ignore them. The Full Moon’s job is also to illuminate so at least you’ll know what you’re up against. Remember too that Pluto is the god of the underworld and there’s nothing like an emotional crisis for that journey to hell and back, but if the destination is redemption then it’s time to pack your bags. If this is ringing bells for you then muster your courage. Anything that moves you out of a disempowered state (in love, work or any other untenable situation) is the way forwards. No one says this is easy, but it could be the best thing you ever did. If this is ringing bells for someone close to you then be ready to play the supporting role.

So, the combination of the Full Moon and the Venus – Pluto square is the chance to address anything that’s not working in your life. Venus in Aries – her sign of detriment – has to struggle in the pursuit of self affirming (Aries) love (Venus) and it’s important now to separate out the difficult feelings (eg guilt) that are helpful and telling you something, from the ones that are constructed by others in order to have their own way. If you’re in any situation that’s compromising your self esteem then this week is the time that you’ll be staring it in the face.

Apart from the world of key relationships and issues of self worth also tread carefully around financial concerns. This is not the time to throw good money after bad, or to pursue anything that you already suspect is going to cost you heavily.

The final event falls at the weekend –

Sunday Sun conjunct Chiron (04.21)

Chiron is the most recently discovered (1977) of the outer planets and is slow moving (51 year cycle). The Sun’s conjunctions with all the major planets happen once a year and this one with Chiron falls at 17.16 Pisces. I am by no means an expert on Chiron as I haven’t done anywhere near enough research of my own but, as I quoted recently, I consulted Melanie Reinhart for the Chiron section in my book –

“His importance lies in how “he points to the issues that accompany the path of awakening, such as health crises, life-changing experiences, meetings with teachers, recapitulation of old trauma or major insights”.

Chiron is the archetype of the Wounded Healer, the god who gave up his own immortality in order to heal an agonizing wound to the flesh. Mmm, Freudian slip… as I wrote that I missed out the “t” and was looking at “immorality”. Interesting. The most beautiful essence of the sign of Pisces is that connection to one’s own spirituality, the discovery of meaning at a soul level and alignment with the mystical and magical. Chiron’s discovery coincided with the rise of the holistic health industry and the spiraling awareness of the mind – body – spirit connection. So maybe there’s something in this wrapper that is also deeply connected to staying true to your own ethics and values as you look at what needs to be sacrificed for the sake of your own healing journey.

Until next week,
With love from Greece
Joanna

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