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October 2015

The Astrology Blog – your love, life and money guide for the next three weeks

The Astrology Blog 19 October to 8 November

I’m off to London this Wednesday 21 October – you can scroll down past the following UK info to go straight to the blog, which is in a slightly shorter format as it covers the next three weeks, ie the dates I’m away, as above.

What’s happening in London?

There are 2 of 6 slots still available for private consultations so do get in touch asap if you’d like to book a one to one chart reading with me – joannaw@otenet.gr All appointments will be in Gloucester Place W1.

There are also a few places left for the Venus and Mars workshops:
Relationship Astrology Workshops London

Lust, Love, Loss and Longing

Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1 November
10am-5pm
Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place W1U 8EA

£85.00 per day, or £150.00 for both
(8 of 20 places available on Saturday, 5 of 20 places available Sunday)

Join us for an exciting weekend of relationship astrology in London, designed to be suitable for all levels. The two days are completely different but are designed to complement one another, so you can choose to do either day, or both. I’ll be joining forces with Ingrid Hoffman – astrologer and Imago Practitioner, founder of Trueheartwork, for this magical weekend. You can read more about Ingrid, and her beautifully crafted and insightful blogs, on:

http://blog.trueheartwork.com/

Ingrid will be leading the therapeutic Saturday workshop, designed to explore Venus and Mars through the signs, and to show you how to:

• Understand the wondrous duality of male and female, within yourself and in your relationships
• Revisit and connect with the powerful attractive energy of Venus in your psyche
• Step into the assertive Mars energy that is being sapped by stress or financial worry
Bring attraction and assertion into balance so you can begin to manifest the love you desire
• Learn new ways of connecting and communicating with you partner or partner-to-be

I will be leading the Sunday workshop, in which I’ll be teaching how traditional horoscopy lies at the heart of assessing and understanding the synastry between two individuals.
As with all workshops there will be mixed levels so group work will be arranged according to beginners – intermediate – advanced. Ingrid Hoffman and my colleague, astrologer Grant Davis, will both be joining us on the Sunday to assist with the group work and guidance on everyone’s individual horoscopes:

• What kind of partner do you attract and why?
• How can astrology tell you when an attraction is mutual and beneficial, and whether or not you are compatible?
• What is a “cosmic marriage” and how do you know if you’re with a true soul mate?
• Why can you live easily with one person but not another?
• How to compare the all important Moon signs in terms of emotional natures and needs
• PREDICTIVE WORK – How to use the timing measures of transits and New/Full Moons to predict dates for meetings, marriages and significant milestones within a relationship

You’ll be working on your own horoscope on both days so please have your data to hand when booking – your date, place and time of birth. Your own chart will be drawn up in advance but you can also bring along one other horoscope of your choice, either a partner or a key person in your life, if you wish.

What’s happening for the next three weeks?

Mercury is the main player this week. He’s been picking up speed since turning direct on 9 October (at 1 degree of Libra) and will end his “shadow period” next Saturday (reaching the degree at which he originally turned retrograde, 16 Libra). As above, so below, this is the light at the end of the tunnel with regard to all Mercurial issues – communication and transport, and everything that comes under that large umbrella. In particular, final resolutions or new information are likely to show at this time.

These however may not be of the easy or expected kind as Mercury also makes two difficult aspects at the end of this week –

Thursday Mercury square Pluto (22.21)
Sunday Mercury opposite Uranus (23.00)

This is the third and final square – the first two were 9 September and 24 September – all at 13 degrees of Libra/Capricorn respectively. If you have planets or angles at or close to this degree/signs – or the other cardinal signs of Aries and Cancer – then this finale is likely to be especially significant for you. The opposition to Uranus three days later happens at 18 degrees of Libra/Aries. This is Mercury’s last aspect before changing sign at the beginning of November, so this is also part of a grand finale. The nature of Pluto – Uranus is to bring changes of the inevitable but also unexpected kind, so look out a sequence of events ending in a way that you probably couldn’t have anticipated, or something you’ll be relieved to see the back of, or for events characterized by the “x” factor that will change the way you see the immediate future, including the possibility of ditching an original plan as A Bad Idea.

Also remember that Mercury involved in difficult aspects also signals isolated events of the kind that we normally associate with retrograde Mercury – in trouble making mode – such as cancellations or crossed wires. Increased vigilance helps at these times, so it doesn’t hurt to double check arrangements and to be more mindful about your personal belongings when out and about, and generally not taking your eye off the ball.

Here are the usual links for checking the position of your own planets and angles:

http://www.alwaysastrology.com/birth-chart-calculator.html
You can also try this calculator, which lists all your planets and angles rather than bringing up the visual of the horoscope, so for non astrologers it’s easier to use.

http://astro.cafeastrology.com/cgi-bin/astro/natal

The other key player this week is Venus, as we mark the end of British and European Summer Time –

Friday Venus trine Pluto at 13 degrees of Virgo/Capricorn (08.41)
Sunday Venus conjunct Jupiter at 15 degrees of Virgo (20.04 GMT)

In other words, Venus is playing into the trine (harmonious, 4 signs apart) between the two major planets of Jupiter and Pluto that was exact for the first time on 11 October (to be repeated 16 March and 26 June next year). The themes to look out for are –

• Venus – love, money, women and children, life’s pleasures
• Jupiter – expansion, luck, opportunity, generosity, travel, education, anything or anyone that makes your life a bigger and kindlier place
• Pluto (by good aspect) – those who empower us, finding your own power and authority, embracing total change in a fearless way, constructive endings, clearing out the old to make way for the new

Again, as Venus has recently spent a period of time in retrograde motion, going backwards and forwards, the trine to Jupiter is the third of three, the other two being when Jupiter was still in Leo (1 July 21 degrees of Leo, 4 August 28 degrees of Leo). As these two planets are both known as the Benefics in traditional astrology, this is arguably the most beautiful of all possible conjunctions. There is no better time for resolving love issues, or for meeting someone new. Pay close attention to anything or anyone coming into your life over this particular weekend.

Note that the Sun also changes sign at the end of the week –

Friday Sun ingress Scorpio (18.48)

Week beginning 26 October

All times stated in GMT

It’s a quiet week in the heavens with only two major events –

Tuesday Full Moon at 4 degrees of Taurus (13.06)

I always round up to the nearest degree but on this occasion it’s worth noting that this Full Moon falls exactly at 3 degrees and 45 minutes of Taurus (in other words, 3 and three quarters of a degree). Every planet has its sign of “exaltation” (the sign in which the qualities of that planet are most powerfully expressed) and the Moon’s sign of exaltation is Taurus. Furthermore, each planet also has its own degree of exaltation – in other words, the one out of the possible thirty degrees which is the ultimate position of strength. The Moon’s degree of exaltation is 3 degrees of Taurus. From Be Your Own Astrologer

With the Moon’s 28 day cycle and connection to women, conception and nurturing it makes symbolic sense to find that she is exalted in the fixed and fertile earth sign of Taurus. Here all the lunar sensitivity and changeability is held, contained and nourished. Individuals with this Moon often have strong family roots and a deep connection with one or both parents. As a result they in turn tend to take to parenting in a natural and hands on way. The emotional nature is generally contented and not given to drama. They have a great deal of perseverance and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. This is Mother Teresa’s Moon, the ultimate Earth Mother.

With Taurus’ connection to the 2nd House of the horoscope (personal money and possessions) this is also potentially an extremely prosperous Moon. Look out for financial opportunities or developments of all kinds. If you need to invite abundance into your life, events unfolding around the time of this Full Moon could be packed with gifts and clues.

The end of the week brings the Sun’s first aspect after moving into Scorpio –

Friday Sun trine Neptune (21.07)

• Sun – life force, health and vitality, enlightenment, men, especially fathers or male role models
• Neptune (by good aspect) – empathy, easy emotional connections, magical/spiritual experiences, the power of the imagination, dreams, visions and glamour

Looking ahead this is the night before the workshops weekend so I know exactly what I’ll be doing – staying in a hotel, probably watching telly (which I hardly ever do in Greece) and getting an early night. Neptune rules film and sleep – so this definitely fits with the plan! Earlier that day I’m also meeting with the lovely Avril Price who is coming out here to Greece next May to run a course with me. Avril is a tarot expert and medium, so she’ll be teaching the tarot, along with how to develop your psychic faculties, and I’ll be teaching how to add the string of astrology to your bow to enhance your readings and to add a reliable time frame to your predictive work. So, having a lovely lunch with someone I easily connect with and planning next year’s course also definitely fits the Sun – Neptune theme.

Universally, these themes are especially linked to our emotional lives, intimate relationships and spiritual awareness, especially as this aspect is being formed in water signs – Sun at 7 degrees of Scorpio and Neptune at 7 degrees of his own sign of Pisces. Hopefully you’ll be enjoying some dreamy togetherness with your partner or meeting someone special. In the bigger picture, remember to go easy on your loved ones and don’t hold on to hurt feelings. Forgiveness and understanding will resolve any difference of opinion or any kind of conflict much faster than an argument. In terms of events, good Neptune aspects also often show for live music as well as film, and also for pubs/wine bars – the things you can lose yourself in. Neptune loves that urge to merge, whether it’s with someone else or your own inner world.

Week beginning 2 November

This week starts with Mercury changing sign, which in this instance is a big deal as, because of the recent retrograde period, Mercury has been going backwards and forwards through Libra since the end of August. At full speed Mercury can whizz through a sign in just over a fortnight, as is going to happen now – he’ll enter Sagittarius on 20 November – so this gives you an idea of how against the grain it can be for this planet to spend over two months meandering through one sign. So this is the opening of a significant new cycle for all Mercury’s concerns – think Hermes, winged messenger of the gods, the mind planet, how we do or don’t communicate and so on. From Be Your Own Astrologer here’s a flavor of what’s to come with this new combination –

Mercury in Scorpio
Mercury in Mars’ feminine sign of intense and secretive Scorpio is, as with the opposite sign of Taurus, associated with silence. Early experiences often carry the hallmark of repression in which speaking freely is disallowed, discouraged or frightening. These individuals are incredibly deep thinking but have to learn how to communicate authentically rather than clamming up or resorting to the classic sting in the tail type of sarcasm. They can be overly critical or controlling of others until they learn to subject their own nature and behaviour to the same scrutiny. Self awareness is vital for this placing.

How we do or do not speak about Scorpio’s taboo subjects, with sex at the top of the list, is this Mercury’s domain. Meg Ryan did as much for women’s sexuality as she did for her own career with her faking an orgasm scene in When Harry met Sally. Only a Mercury in Scorpio gal could do that justice. Writing about sex is also perfect symbolism for this Mercury. One of my clients has made her fortune by writing steamy books for the Mills and Boon Black Lace series.
With Scorpio’s link to both healing and death this Mercury is the “talking cure”, the archetype for the sex therapist, bereavement counselor and all types of psychoanalysis. The theme of muteness is still in evidence. A therapist attends to what is not being said, and interprets the coded language of dreams in order to dredge up the precious silt from the teeming riverbed of the unconscious. Mediums and psychics are found here too, the conduits between this world and another.

As with the Sun, Mercury’s first aspect after moving into Scorpio is to Neptune –

Friday Mercury trine Neptune at 7 degrees of Scorpio/Pisces (13.40)

See Sun/Neptune above for the same themes. Also note that less than 24 hours after Mercury’s change of sign we have Venus and Mars in another union. Again this is the third of three although this time the conjunctions are spread over a much longer period of time (22 February at 1 degree of Aries, and 1 September 15 degrees of Leo). If you look back to either of these dates, or any previous dates given for aspects that are repeating and part of a sequence, and see what you were doing/what was happening it can give you an idea of what to expect. This third conjunction –

Tuesday Venus conjunct Mars at 24 degrees of Virgo (01.11)

These two planets are popularly referred to as the love planets so the conjunction is textbook symbolism for union – everything from hitting it off with someone you meet for the first time to getting married. The net also spreads wider than romantic relationships though. In my own life the last two conjunctions have clearly coincided with special events that have been linked to friends, family and celebration. Also note that this conjunction is important by virtue of the fact that it’s Venus’ last aspect before changing sign, as she moves into her own sign of Libra on Sunday, and I’ll be talking more about this next time.

The only word of warning for this third week is an awkward line up between two major planets –

Thursday Jupiter quinqunx Uranus (22.01)

This aspect is formed when planets are five signs apart, this one with Jupiter at 17 Virgo/Uranus at 17 Aries. This is considered to be a minor aspect, and it’s fairly common amongst the fast moving planets, but when it’s formed between two slower moving planets as above it’s more important to clock it, and especially as this one falls on Bonfire night in the UK. The quinqunx is notorious for blind spots and, at a physical level, is therefore linked to accidents. Uranus rules explosions, including fireworks. It is not the job of an astrologer to be an alarmist but the message here is loud and clear – I would stay away from any fireworks event that is not being properly organized.

At a psychological level this blind spot aspect signals issues of dispute, of “ne’er the twain shall meet” variety. Jupiter by difficult aspect loves to blow things out of proportion so try not to get drawn into arguments that neither side can win! With the exception of this aspect however, and Mercury’s challenging aspects at the end of the first week, the general picture for this three week period is looking pretty good, especially in terms of real progress rather than that feeling of running on the spot. I’m looking forward to my UK trip and will be blogging again on my return for the week beginning 9 November,

Until then take care,
With love from Greece
Joanna

The Moon’s Nodes explained, New Moon in Libra, and love/life progress of the triumphant kind

The Astrology Blog 12 October

One of the big events last week was Mercury turning direct. This is good news for all of us in terms of getting life back up to speed, especially with regard to decisions, plans and projects of all kinds, and especially if you have planets at or close to the point at which Mercury switched direction, 1 degree of Libra. I omitted to say that this turning point last week was doubly important as Mercury turned conjunct the Moon’s North Node, then also at 1 degree of Libra. The Nodes are now in the news again with a change of sign.
If you want to go straight to this week’s blog just skip this section on the Nodes, which is intended for the astrological student/those who are interested in learning more about how astrology works:

The Moon’s Nodes

The North and South Nodes are not planets but imaginary/mathematical points at which the Moon cuts across the Ecliptic (the path of the Sun).

Astronomically they carry huge weight as the Ecliptic takes its name from the fact that eclipses can happen only when a New or Full Moon is also conjunct the Moon’s Nodes.

Astrologically their importance varies in the eyes of different astrologers, some giving them the same status as planets, others seeing them as having a lesser but nevertheless important role to play. In my view the Moon’s Nodes do warrant interpretation in their own right in the natal chart, but are especially meaningful when caught up in other patterns in the chart, when they act as “testimony”, supporting the themes that the astrologer locates when first assessing the mechanics of each individual horoscope (example to follow).

You will find the position of the Moon’s Nodes in their own column in the Ephemerides, the astrologer’s must-have tables that track the daily movement of the planets. You’ll find only the North Node listed as the South Node is always at exactly the opposite point. For example, if in your horoscope you have the North Node at 10 degrees of Aries your South Node will be at 10 degrees of Libra.
You’ll also find two columns – the True Node (more exact) and the Mean Node (averaged out). The difference between the two is roughly two degrees and which one you use really comes down to personal preference. I usually hedge my bets and look at both!

In traditional astrology the line of the Nodes is personified as a dragon:
The North Node (ascending) marks the point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic from south to north, known as Caput Draconis – the head of the dragon. Fortunate – where the dragon feeds and gains nourishment. The future, and good Karma, or what we need to seek.

The South Node (descending) marks the point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic from north to south, known as Cauda Draconis – the tail of the dragon. Unfortunate – where the dragon excretes. The past, and bad Karma, or what we need to release and leave behind.
The Sun and the Moon (the Lights) symbolize the eyes of the dragon, and the dragon “eating” the Lights refers to the phenomenon of eclipses.

Change of Sign

The Nodes move in retrograde motion and change sign approximately every 18 – 20 months, and the True and the Mean Nodes change signs on different dates, about a month apart. The last change of sign was from Scorpio to Libra:

• True Node on 19 February 2014
• Mean Node on 23 March 2014

The Nodes are now moving from Libra to Virgo, this time the Mean Node first:

• Mean Node on 10 October
• True Node on 11 November

Examples
Prince Charles’ Moon is positioned at 0 degrees of Taurus in his 10th House (the section of the horoscope in which we locate career/public life). This is the Moon’s sign of “exaltation”, symbolizing the influential women in his life, the iconic Diana and his mother being Queen, especially as the Queen’s own Sun marries up with this point, also being at 0 degrees of Taurus. This is what is known as “the cosmic marriage” – when one person’s Sun is conjunct the other person’s Moon to within 5 degrees. This already powerful picture is reinforced by the fact that Prince Charles’ Moon is also conjunct the North Node at 5 degrees of Taurus.

The Nodes are of especial interest to me at the moment. I moved house, to share with my sister and brother in law, on 19 February last year – the exact date that The True Node changed sign. They are now moving again, and the date of their next move coincides almost exactly (within a couple of days) with the True Node’s next change of sign. For me I see this period of time as one in which I’ve been moved away from living alone and being completely independent (Aries, the self) to learning the Libra lessons of cooperation and being reminded of the nature of family life (Mike is Libra, Sue is Libra rising just for good measure!)

What else is happening this week?
All times posted in BST

Tuesday New Moon at 19 degrees of Libra (01.07)

New Moons, new cycles – and particularly with regard to matters that speak of the sign in question. The Node theme continues for me as this New Moon falls conjunct the Mean Node in my natal chart of 19 Libra. Here are the usual links for checking the position of your own planets and angles:

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

You can also try this calculator, which lists all your planets and angles rather than bringing up the visual of the horoscope, so for non astrologers it’s a easier to use.

http://astro.cafeastrology.com/cgi-bin/astro/natal

Libra’s concerns are “the other” and partnership of all kinds, with the spotlight on the negotiating and cooperative skills needed to make agreements or do deals. This theme is strongly underlined by the fact that the New Moon coincides with the third and final alignment of Mercury and Saturn just ten hours later –

Tuesday Mercury sextile (harmonious) Saturn (10.56)

The other two sextiles occurred on 26 August and 6 October. If these dates fit any kind of timeline for you or a significant other then you can now expect resolution, such as final decisions or making agreements that will stick. Otherwise this is a great time for wrapping things up and tying up loose ends of any kind. Look out too for a matter coming to a natural conclusion or for being taken out of your hands. This aspect coinciding with the New Moon in Libra may seem like a contradiction at first – but it’s probably a matter of one thing ending allowing another to start. For example, if you’re in the process of transition from one relationship to another, now’s the time to make it official.

Relationship issues continue to feature strongly throughout the rest of the week as well as the love planets Venus and Mars are the key players –

Friday Mars trine Pluto (04.32)
Saturday Venus opposite Neptune (03.55) and Mars conjunct Jupiter (23.41)

You may remember that last week we had Mars in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces, followed by Venus then moving into Virgo, so now it’s her turn to oppose Neptune. These oppositions happen at 7 degrees. As explained last week –

Slow moving Neptune is even slower than usual at the moment as this planet is also gearing up to turn direct, in the middle of next month. During the slowing down journey, the moment of turning and then the time it takes to pick up speed again Neptune is “stuck” at 7 degrees of Pisces (on this degree from mid September 2015 to mid January 2016) – so this opposition happens with Mars at 7 degrees of the opposite sign of Virgo. If you have planets or angles at or very close to 7 degrees of these signs, or the other mutable signs of Gemini and Sagittarius, then this aspect is one to watch. Note that Neptune under any difficult aspect symbolizes confusion, distortion, deception or idealization.

If you’re struggling for clarity on any point I would suggest that once this Venus aspect clears then so will the picture. Mercury picking up speed again backs this up.

The Mars aspects this week are also powerful, starting with the trine to Pluto, whose job it is to strip things back to basics, showing us how to brush the deadwood out of our lives and start afresh. At a practical level it’s a fantastic time for de-junking your home or office. Psychologically there is also a message here about living your life fearlessly, of showing that you’re not afraid to stand up for yourself (Mars is god of war) or of hard work (Virgo). Identify and focus on your true goals/wishes and you’ll see that what, with effort and determination, can be made good.

The finale of the week is a true fanfare. The Mars – Jupiter conjunction happens approximately once every two years (the last one was 22 July 2013 at 6 degrees of Cancer) and its nature is victorious and triumphant. This one falls at 14 degrees of Virgo so if you have planets or angles at or close to this point, or the opposite Pisces, this event signals major events or opportunity, possibly of the life changing kind.

There is also something of the evangelical or crusading spirit wrapped up in this aspect, so make time for any cause or concern close to your heart, but universally it’s the starting gun for any plan of action. Jupiter is traditionally the Greater Benefic, he’s good for us, so events unfolding or new people coming into our lives at this time are those of the lucky break/just what the doctor ordered variety. More specifically Jupiter rules travel and education, so any plan connected to horizon expanding matters (geographically or mentally) also get a huge tick.

Wishing you a productive and fortuitous week!
With love from Greece
Joanna

 

Relationship Astrology Workshops London

Lust, Love, Loss and Longing

Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1 November
10am-5pm
Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place W1U 8EA

£85.00 per day, or £150.00 for both
(9 of 25 places available on either or both days)

Join us for an exciting weekend of relationship astrology in London, designed to be suitable for all levels. The two days are completely different but are designed to complement one another, so you can choose to do either day, or both. I’ll be joining forces with Ingrid Hoffman – astrologer and Imago Practitioner, founder of Trueheartwork, for this magical weekend. You can read more about Ingrid, and her beautifully crafted and insightful blogs, on:

http://blog.trueheartwork.com/

Ingrid will be leading the therapeutic Saturday workshop, designed to explore Venus and Mars through the signs, and to show you how to:

• Understand the wondrous duality of male and female, within yourself and in your relationships
• Revisit and connect with the powerful attractive energy of Venus in your psyche
• Step into the assertive Mars energy that is being sapped by stress or financial worry
Bring attraction and assertion into balance so you can begin to manifest the love you desire
• Learn new ways of connecting and communicating with you partner or partner-to-be

I will be leading the Sunday workshop, in which I’ll be teaching how traditional horoscopy lies at the heart of assessing and understanding the synastry between two individuals. My colleague, astrologer Grant Davis, will also be joining us on the Sunday to assist with the work on everyone’s individual horoscopes:

• What kind of partner do you attract and why?
• How can astrology tell you when an attraction is mutual and beneficial, and whether or not you are compatible?
• What is a “cosmic marriage” and how do you know if you’re with a true soul mate?
• Why can you live easily with one person but not another?
• How to compare the all important Moon signs in terms of emotional natures and needs
• How to use astrology to answer all types of love questions, including how to handle conflict, and how to use the timing measures of transits and New/Full Moons to predict dates for meetings, marriages and significant milestones within a relationship

You’ll be working on your own horoscope on both days so please have your data to hand when booking – your date, place and time of birth. Your own chart will be drawn up by me in advance but you can also bring along one other horoscope of your choice, either a partner or a key person in your life, if you wish.

 

Celestial overload, picking your way through the planets, reaching Mercury’s turning point

The Astrology Blog 28 September
All times posted in BST

Regular readers will know that during retrograde Mercury periods – three weeks at a time, three times a year – I usually say at some point that the best thing to do would be to go to bed and read plenty of books. This of course isn’t possible in our busy lives, but you understand the sentiment. Unsurprisingly then this article in the news this weekend absolutely leapt out at me –

Hygge – A heartwarming lesson from Denmark
The Danish word, pronounced “hoo-ga”, is usually translated into English as “cosiness”. But it’s much more than that, say its aficionados – an entire attitude to life that helps Denmark to vie with Switzerland and Iceland to be the world’s happiest country… Hygge could be families and friends getting together for a meal, with the lighting dimmed, or it could be time spent on your own reading a good book… It works best when there’s not too large an empty space around the person or people. The idea is to relax and feel as at-home as possible, forgetting life’s worries.

“The rest of the world seems to be slowly waking up to what Danes have been wise to for generations – that having a relaxed, cosy time with friends and family, often with coffee, cake or beer, can be good for the soul,” says Helen Russell, author of The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country. “Hygge seems to me to be about being kind to yourself – indulging, having a nice time, not punishing or denying yourself anything. All very useful come January when in the UK everyone’s on diets or manically exercising or abstaining from alcohol… There isn’t so much enforced deprivation in Denmark. Instead you’re kinder to yourselves and so each other. Danes don’t binge then purge – there’s not much yo-yo dieting in Denmark. No wonder they’re happier than we are in the UK.”

The UK has a reputation for poor work-life balance and days full of hurry and worry. Is Denmark an example to follow?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34345791

What’s happening this week?

The short answer is – quite a lot and probably way too much. In fact, this has all the makings of a rather manic week as every single planet has got something to say – the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are all involved in this week’s aspects. As above, so below, all sorts of things could start to unfold and develop at the same time. It may feel as if you’re pulling through various different colored threads to create a whole, or as if you’re spinning a lot of plates that are all revolving at different speeds, so try to stay centered and trust that the bigger picture is coming together. Mercury is getting ready to turn direct at the end of the week, but there’s still a lot to get through before reaching those green lights, or before you can see the wood for the trees.

As usual I’ll be giving the signs and degrees involved in this week’s aspects, so here are the links to check the position of your natal planets in your own horoscope. Both make all the necessary time zone adjustments for you so simply enter your date, place and local time of birth, eg if you’re born in BST or outside of the UK the calculator will take that automatically into account:

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

You can also try this calculator, which lists all your planets and angles rather than bringing up the visual of the horoscope, so for non astrologers it’s a easier to use.

http://astro.cafeastrology.com/cgi-bin/astro/natal

This week we start with the Sun in Libra playing into the Uranus – Pluto square. This major aspect between these two outer planets is itself separating – ie the 7 times when they made an exact square to each other have all happened – but with Uranus currently retrograde they’re moving back into a very close formation.

Tuesday Sun square Pluto (15.13)
Monday (12th) Sun opposite Uranus (04.50)

These aspects happen with the Sun at 13 degrees of Libra and Pluto at 13 degrees of Capricorn, then with the Sun at 18 degrees of Libra and Uranus at 18 degrees of Aries. If you have planets or angles at or close to these degrees in any of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) then these aspects will be especially significant for you.

In essence, challenging aspects – the square and opposition – bring the difficult stuff into play. With Pluto that means loss, endings or starting again from scratch scenarios, while Uranus throws in the unexpected or a few firecrackers for good measure. All you can do is try not to let a situation turn into a huge drama, but with these potentially explosive aspects it’s not always easy to keep things contained. Also as the Sun – Uranus dust up happens just after other major events, as you’ll see, it may be that something actually needs to blow apart in order to bring about the necessary changes.
Mercury is in play, also on Tuesday –

Mercury sextile Saturn (23.59)

Mercury is still retrograde but stationing – ie appears to be virtually at a standstill while getting ready to turn direct on Friday – so this is a powerful aspect happening with Mercury at 1 degree of Libra and Saturn at 1 degree of Sagittarius. Also note that this is the second of a series of three sextiles between these two planets – the first being on 26 August when Mercury was at the end of Virgo and Saturn was still at the end of Scorpio, and the third will be next week.

This translates into the end of retrograde Mercury themes (see end of this blog) being underlined with a big black indelible marker. It’s not always easy or helpful to pigeonhole this as “good” or “bad”, but this does very much feel like the voice of reason, arriving at a definite crossroads, making definite choices – and so on. Even if a decision is tough to make and even if it doesn’t please everyone it will almost certainly be the right one, or the only option. Anything you’ve been grappling with/looking for is reaching a point of resolution.

This can also apply to getting your life organized for the rest of the month, or the year. For me Mercury getting back on track will coincide with booking flights and sorting out my crazy schedule for the trip back to the UK and the London workshops at the end of this month. Mercury is appointments of all kinds, and Saturn likes to firm things up. In the physical body also note that Saturn rules the teeth and bones, so dental treatment or osteopathy/chiropractic/orthopedic needs are as “well starred” as they can ever be! Add to that any appointment or get together that you’ve been avoiding or delaying. Whatever you need to deal with or wherever you need to lay your cards on the table the egg timer sands of procrastination are running out.

In terms of “doing”, however, the action planet Mars is not exactly in proactive mode. His aspects to the outer planets happen approximately once every two years, and he won’t struggle through Neptune’s sea mists until the early hours of Wednesday –

Wednesday Mars opposite Neptune (03.54)

Slow moving Neptune is even slower than usual at the moment as this planet is also gearing up to turn direct, in the middle of next month. During the slowing down journey, the moment of turning and then the time it takes to pick up speed again Neptune is “stuck” at 7 degrees of Pisces (on this degree from mid September 2015 to mid January 2016) – so this opposition happens with Mars at 7 degrees of the opposite sign of Virgo. Again, if you have planets or angles at or very close to 7 degrees of these signs, or the other mutable signs of Gemini and Sagittarius, then this aspect is one to watch. As stated last week, when we also had an ill placed Neptune combined with retrograde Mercury –

Neptune under any difficult aspect symbolizes confusion, distortion, deception, idealization and generally being conned or left to flounder in a total fog of misunderstandings or overwhelming feelings. Sounds like a real bundle of laughs so far doesn’t it! But do take care, question your own judgment rather than racing on regardless, buy yourself time for important decisions, try not to drown your sorrows (Neptune rules booze) too much, and try to get plenty of sleep. Difficult Neptune stuff is classic for insomnia and also for anxieties that grow arms and legs in the absence of any real answers.

Also consider the nature of Mars in Virgo – from my book Be Your Own Astrologer –

Mars in the second of Mercury’s signs is the epitome of precision, in word and in action. Here we find the hallmark of the artisan, pure craftsmanship and the honing of skills… measured, diligent, patient and painstaking and the attention to detail is second to none. These guys know how to “sweat the small stuff”, a concept that lies at the heart of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s philosophy and NASA training. Trust me, if you ever decided to travel into space, you would want Colonel Hadfield with his Sun, Venus and Mars all in Virgo at the controls.

The Virgo theme continues as Venus also enters this sign this week, and is also marking the tempo slow –

• Thursday Venus ingress Virgo (18.30)
• Sunday Venus square Saturn (01.32)

You may remember that Venus first entered Virgo in the middle of July but then turned retrograde almost immediately and didn’t get past 0 degrees of this sign before sliding back into Leo, where she’s been ever since. So this is “take two”, and it’s the third and final square to Saturn, the other two falling on 14 July and 5 August. Again, this signals the final stages of any Venusian matter (notably love/money) that has been long and drawn out. At a simpler and more obvious level any Venus – Saturn combinations signal blocks, delays or denial. Probably the most positive take is the relief of no longer banging your head against a brick wall, bringing a duty to an end, realizing where you’ve been trying to make the hat fit or deciding to stop doing the things that no longer bring you pleasure. Wherever you can recognize limitations – your own, other people’s or those of a situation/finances – will ultimately make you happier, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time!

So much of this week’s astrological symbolism adds up to “the writing’s on the wall”, so it’s up to us not to ignore it. In spite of the difficult aspects this week there are definitely rewards at the end of the tunnel. Mercury’s turning point on Friday is followed by Jupiter moving back into the picture over the weekend, aligning with Pluto by a positive aspect –

Monday 12th Jupiter trine Pluto (00.38)

Jupiter is also now well underway on his journey through Virgo (earth), and trines Pluto in Capricorn (earth) at 13 degrees. This is a major aspect that will repeat on 16 March and 26 June of next year, so if you have planets at or very close to 13 degrees of these signs or the third earth sign of Taurus, pay close attention to events unfolding in the second half of the week. Jupiter is opportunity and Pluto by good aspect loves to transform and empower. Again, however, we have a very slow moving outer planet as Pluto has only just turned direct and is stuck at 13 degrees of Capricorn (on this degree from mid July to the end of November) so for now this is more likely to show as seed sowing, the widening of horizons yet to be explored or the beginning of plans that will take you further afield, either geographically or in terms of stepping out of your comfort zone.

The last word goes to Mercury –

Friday Mercury turns direct at 1 degree of Libra (15.59)

Here are the general themes to look out for, some of which you may start noticing from the middle of the week:

• Breaking news, expected or unexpected, that affects us or someone close to us
• Important information comes to light or secrets are revealed
• Light bulb flashes of insight
• We stop talking/thinking about something and realize that we need to make decisions
• People get back to us re decisions
• We get back in touch with someone, or they get back in touch with us
• We feel more courageous or determined to make something happen
• We stop pretending
• We stop avoiding
• We tackle/say the things we’ve been putting off
• We get back to a matter that was first important three weeks ago
• Memory kicks in and we deal with what or who has been off our radar
• Disputes or areas of miscommunication are cleared up
• We find the right person to deal with the problem beyond our own expertise
• Computer glitches/communication technology are solved/sorted
• Rumours are squashed when the truth outs
• We find what we have been looking for – from lost objects to spiritual needs

Wishing you strength and energy for this coming week – and don’t forget about “hygge”!

With love from Greece
Joanna

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