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September astrology courses

September Astrology and Tarot courses will be running, dates to be announced soon. They will include a beginners course –

Discovering Astrology

Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover the fascinating world of horoscopy – how to work with individual charts and interpret the natal configurations in terms of character, vocation and life/love experiences and potential. Take your first steps too in predictive work, understanding the horoscope as a mechanism in perpetual motion, throwing light on the past, present and future.

How to get here

Contact me direct joannaw@otenet.gr for all updated flight and packages information to our local airport of PREVEZA – just 45 minutes transfer time to the village of Nidri on Lefkada.

 

The Astrology Blog 21 March 2016

The Astrology Blog 21 March 2016

What’s happening this week?

All times in GMT

If you have natal planets or angles at or close to any of the signs and degrees of the aspects featuring this week, then unfolding events will be especially significant for you. 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

It’s now officially spring as the Sun entered Aries yesterday at 04.31 GMT. As I commented last week the spring equinox is the astrological New Year, the moment the Sun arrives at 0 degrees of the first sign of the zodiac. This “fresh start” message is underlined with Mercury following suit –

Tuesday Mercury ingress Aries (00.20)

From Be Your Own Astrologer

“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 (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.

https://www.youtube.com/anitarenfroe

This Mercury thinks in straight lines and gets to the point. Speech is quick fire and incisive…The downside is impatience, snap decisions that are not properly thought out or difficulty with entering into debate. Oh, you mean there are other opinions?… A client with a partner with this Mercury stated that the biggest problem was listening to him having his say but then finding it impossible to have her own. He always went first and once he had got things off his own chest he simply assumed that the “conversation” was over. Nothing was ever properly resolved and the relationship ended, to his mystification and her relief. “

So why not get your week off to a humourous start with Anita Renfroe’s “Mommisms” – funny and incredibly talented, well worth a watch – and then do everything you can to make sure that you catch spring fever. Mercury the mind planet is ideas, thoughts and communication in all its guises, including the written word. A textbook way to use this “clean sheet” Mercury is to write your own to do list and start with a few easy things so that you can start ticking immediately. This definitely fits for me as I’m leaving for London in five days time and my own to do list runs the whole gamut from “book hotel” to “vital things to tell house sitter”.

Bear in mind the need to negotiate if you have personal or business issues to resolve, but essentially the Aries modus operandi is “do it now” and keep it incisive. This is not the time for long winded explanations or epistle type emails when a few sentences will do the job. There are also some very positive Mercury aspects coming up this week as he starts his full speed journey through Aries (22 March to 6 April) with the Sun and Mars as companions. Here’s the sequence –

  • Wednesday Sun conjunct Mercury 3 degrees Aries (20.12)
  • Thursday Mercury 4 degrees Aries trine Mars 4 degrees Sagittarius (22.46)
  • Saturday Sun 6 degrees Aries trine Mars 6 degrees Sagittarius (10.34)

Note that any planet conjunct the Sun (to within 17′ of arc) is said to be “Cazimi”. This means that the other planet involved sits in the heart of the Sun, drawing immense power. The Sun illuminates so pay close attention to whatever comes to light for you on Wednesday evening. Mercury – Mars aspects can be contentious, but by good aspect – like the trine – we have the chance to get to the point and say it how it is. The Sun – Mars aspect, harmonious and in fire signs, is practically unbeatable for swinging into action and going places, mentally or geographically.

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14 March 2016 – Jupiter/Pluto and the nature of change, Venus sweetness and the Spring Equinox

The Astrology Blog – 14 March 2016

You can scroll down past the blog for more detailed updates/travel info on all courses here in Greece and the forthcoming London astrology and tarot workshops. At a glance, this is what’s coming up –

London Workshops

  • Saturday 2 April – Be a Better Tarot Reader (9 of 20 places available)
  • Sunday 3 April – Understanding Astrology (8 of 20 places available)

The Greek Island Summer School

1 week courses – some are Sunday, some are Thursday flights

  • Monday 23 May – Tarot & Astrology – with guest tutor Avril Price (5 of 20 places available)
  • 6 June 2016 – Talking Tarot (8 of 10 places available)
  • 9 Sept 2016 – The Astrology of Relationships (4 of 10 places available)
  • 16 Sept 2016 – Discovering Astrology (6 of 10 places available)

 

What’s happening this week?

All times in GMT

“Change” is possibly the most over used word in astrology media. At some level it seems that we are all and always somehow in pursuit of change to one extent or another – why am I going through this experience, when is this going to end, what’s coming next, when will I get the job/relationship/lucky break that I need etc – and of course the predictive craft of astrology is a magnet for those longing for a better but elusive or even seemingly impossible future. One of the antidotes to the human condition of constant hankering is the rise of practices such as mindfulness and meditation, bringing us back down to earth and into the power of now, but are these two worlds mutually exclusive? As ever, it’s all about balance. Even if you’re an expert at mindfulness and meditation your future is still “out there”, and you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t think and wonder about that. Even if you’re an expert astrologer, there are times when you need to get back from the future so that you can enjoy life in the here and now. The key is probably more related to how we think about our future – do we fear it, do we battle constant anxiety or can we find a way to let it unfold, trusting that all is happening as it should? That is the ideal goal, how many of us actually achieve it is another matter! To be realistic, if we can achieve it at least some of the time, then the chances are that we are then generally more content.

When change is urgently needed the question about fate/free will become a lot more intense ie should I force the issue or should I trust that it will happen anyway? This is the $64k question. All I can say is that I’ve seen enough examples in my astrological life to know that matters “change” at their appointed time. Just last week a client who has been in a deteriorating marriage for years suddenly faced a new picture as a major transit became exact, and the Eclipse fell conjunct one of her personal planets – the “zooming in” moment of prediction –  which did indeed translate into a catalyst, presenting her with an opportunity that this time she was able to grasp.

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7 March 2016 – Jupiter/Pluto and Jerry Hall, the truth about Eclipses and what is Astrology for?

The Astrology Blog 7 March 2016

I “met” a fellow astrologer last week through the phenomenon that is Facebook. Liz Gunn lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina and her work centers around the theme of “Know your chart, know yourself”. You can read more about Liz and her work on her website:
http://lizgunn.net/

Regular readers will not be surprised to hear that Liz’s approach resonates completely with me. In this work we are never far removed from the question, what is astrology for? Sun sign columns keep astrology alive in the public eye, although this is something of a double edged sword as they are inevitably generalized, focus only on predictive content and many are written just for entertainment purposes. Some are professionally written, and insightful, some are just plain silly. When we enter the realms of horoscopy though we enter into the world of self awareness, the road to change, and we forge a spiritual link with something that is bigger than we are. Astrology, when followed truthfully, helps us to navigate the complexities of this life and the nature of the relationships that make up our world. It is a tool of enormous authenticity.

Liz’s approach of “know your chart, know yourself” acknowledges this, and my weekly blog works along the same lines. In other words, “know the current picture, know what to expect”. If we are aware of the current astrological climate then we know what the weather forecast is likely to be. Last week I was publicly and furiously accused by another astrologer of “planting the seeds of fear and negativity” and of “not admitting that astrology works mostly on the power of suggestion.” Firstly, to be alarmist was absolutely not my intention. However, this blog is never sanitized and never will be. I don’t see the point of being a “good news” astrologer. That is not what astrology “is for”.

Secondly, astrology is NOT the power of suggestion. It is the symbolic face of astronomy. You wouldn’t be able to locate past events in a horoscope if astrology didn’t work at a craft level. So, for example, inharmonious (the word “tough” was objected to but it’s the same thing) aspects – squares and oppositions – can reflect those who square up to us or oppose us, or situations that stretch us or which require tough measures. That’s life. In my view it’s better to know when such pictures are being formed.

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