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The Greek Island Summer School is now in its 16th season and is all about combining the fascinating subjects of astrology or tarot with a week’s holiday on this beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada. You can click on the testimonial links in the drop down menus above to read what the many students have to say, or visit The Greek Island Summer School club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1449972318641137/

The Astrology Blog is normally posted every Monday morning, featuring the major astrological events of the coming week with easy to understand interpretations, helping us to understand and navigate unfolding events in our lives. This will be back later in the year - everything has been on hold owing to family circumstances - but the Summer School 2017 is definitely going ahead. Do contact me here if you are interested in joining one of the courses.

The Greek Island Summer School is held in Nidri.
  • There is a wide range of choice of accommodation in Nidri
  • Friday/Saturday and Monday/Tuesday are the study days, ending at 3.30pm so that you have time to enjoy the rest of the day as you wish - sunbathing, resting or exploring.
  • Course materials are included in the course fee, held at £295.00 for the fourth year running. There are no hidden extras.
  • Group meals are organized for every evening. These are optional, out of class hours are your own, but you don't have to be alone unless you wish to be. 

Contact me direct joannaw@otenet.gr if you would like more information or if you have any questions, no matter how small.

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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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At a glance – updates/travel bargains and all info for London workshops 2 & 3 April, Greek Island Summer School courses in May, June & Sept 2016

Below you’ll find all the info you need re the London workshops in April, and the astrology and tarot courses on offer at The Greek Island Summer School in May, June and Sept. Do get in touch if you have any questions, no matter how small. I am here to help you choose the right course for you and book your place. The journey to Greece is easy – the flight is under 3 hours and transfer time just 45 minutes. Looking forward to this new season! Joanna

LONDON WORKSHOPS APRIL 2016
Suitable for beginners to intermediate

These workshops are designed to be fun as well as intensive. We cover a lot of material and you’ll have the chance to give and receive a reading. Additional tutors will be joining us so you don’t have to worry if you’re a beginner – there’ll be lots of help and input to guide you.

Here is some feedback from last year’s workshops –

Jo is such a great teacher with masses of experience and knowledge to pass on. Would recommend this workshop, whether you are new to astrology or have some experience. I was amazed at how much I learnt in one day, and it’s really helped me understand my own nature and see others in a different light. Caroline

I just wanted to thank you for the great Workshop. I really enjoyed how we went from going over the basics in the morning to suddenly being able to reveal amazing insights into myself in the afternoon – really thought provoking! Diane

Thank you for such a fab workshop, it was so informative, fun and has opened up my enthusiasm for astrology again. Your two helpers were also so knowledgeable and helpful. I really enjoy your style of teaching and content, and this workshop has left me wanting to do more and more! Ann

Thank you for a super workshop. Just fascinating. It certainly got me thinking in all sorts of directions. Sam
I just wanted to say thanks for the workshop – I learnt so much and met some really nice people too! Rebecca

The class was amazing and I couldn’t stop telling everyone about it afterwards! Natasha

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Venus as leading lady, Saturn’s roadblocks and the Jupiter – Uranus tinderbox

The Astrology Blog 29 February 2016

You can scroll down past the blog for info updates on all courses here in Greece and the forthcoming London astrology and tarot workshops.

What’s happening this week?

All times in GMT
As usual start by noting that if you have natal planets or angles at or close to any of the signs and degrees 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

Last week Mercury was the prime mover, linking into Saturn and Uranus. This week it’s Venus’ turn as she is also moving through Aquarius and repeats exactly the same pattern –

• Tuesday Venus 16 degrees Aquarius sextile Saturn 16 degrees Sag (01.08)
• Thursday Venus 18 degrees Aquarius sextile Uranus 18 degrees Aries (01.14)

Firstly a reminder that slow moving Saturn and Uranus themselves are both in fire signs but they don’t actually make an exact alliance until Christmas Day, when they both reach 20 degrees of their respective signs. However at the moment they are in trine (harmonious) to each other but a couple of degrees apart. If the above degrees are relevant for you then unfolding events may well be part of a much bigger picture that will be connected to longer term plans or which will culminate at the end of the year.

For now, and as noted last week, the sextile is a harmonious aspect that happens when planets are exactly two signs apart. Last week I commented on how fast Mercury is moving now (up to full speed of nearly 2 degrees a day) and the same applies to Venus who is also moving at her swiftest (just over 1 degree a day). What does that mean? As I’m always saying, remember the “as above, so below” mantra which reminds us that astrology is not causal – the planets don’t make us do things. Rather astrology enables us to look into that huge celestial mirror that reflects our lives back to us, showing us how to stay in synch.

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22 February 2016 – Full Moon in Virgo, Mercury at full speed and the dreamy realms of Neptune

The Astrology Blog 22 February 2016

You can scroll down past the blog for info updates on all courses here in Greece and the forthcoming London astrology and tarot workshops.

What’s happening this week?
All times in GMT

As usual start by noting that if you have natal planets or angles at or close to any of the signs and degrees 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

Firstly just a reminder that Venus is now on her way through Aquarius, sign of groups, friendships and technology. Last week I wrote –

If you’ve ever wanted to try internet dating the conditions are perfect (but please practice the usual safety measures, such as arranging first dates somewhere safe and letting friends or family know where you’ll be). Otherwise Venus’ change of sign is ideal for meeting new people through groups and clubs, or for letting a friendship blossom first. Make having things in common a top priority.

As above, so below, this article jumped out at me this weekend, how we find love in this digital age, and the stats are extraordinary. Not only is internet dating no longer stigmatized, it is by a mile now the most common way that people find partners, especially for same sex relationships:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35535424

Venus will be a key player next week so we’ll be returning to her then. For now this week kicks off with the Full Moon –

Monday Full Moon at 3 degrees of Virgo (18.21)

Full Moons have several jobs – to illuminate, to bring a matter full circle and to sensitize, and these themes will be especially applicable to you if you have planets/angles at or close to 3 degrees of Virgo. If you have an unfolding drama going on then focus on self preservation and pay close attention to anything that comes to light throughout the course of today and tomorrow. “Lunacy” corresponds with this monthly event and, as I’m always saying, police stations and A&E departments know to expect extra work on Full Moon nights. This is not stated in any alarmist way, but as a reminder to be vigilant and not to take risks.

Otherwise at a universal level this Full Moon is like a highlighter pen for all Virgo issues, primarily health, work and routine. Anything that needs care, effort, attention to detail or an analytical approach will be a top concern. If you’re looking for work now’s the time to roll up your shirt sleeves and get motoring, or if you have health issues now’s the time to make that appointment or find a specialist.

Jupiter is currently on his long retrograde journey through Virgo, so the monthly Moon – Jupiter conjunction will be extra stunning this week. If you’re lucky enough to have clear skies you’ll see Jupiter blazing away next to the Full Moon tonight, and even closer tomorrow night as the conjunction nears its moment of exactitude –

Wednesday Moon conjunct Jupiter at 20 degrees of Virgo (02.45)

Jupiter isn’t at full power in astrological terms – Virgo being one of his signs of detriment, and also being in reverse – but nevertheless he is still the Greater Benefic of the heavens and is associated with good fortune, and all things that make our world more joyful. Anything or anyone playing a role that coincides with this conjunction (ie in this case especially Tuesday evening as it’s applying) will be beneficial in some way.

This includes your own moves and decisions as Virgo is one of Mercury’s signs, and this planet is the key player for the second half of the week –

• Thursday Mercury sextile Saturn (08.07)
• Friday Mercury sextile Uranus (23.03)

The sextile is a harmonious aspect that happens when planets are exactly two signs apart. The Mercury – Saturn happens at 15 Aquarius/15 Sagittarius and the Mercury – Uranus happens at 18 Aquarius/18 Aries. Note how fast Mercury is moving now and therefore note the things happening quickly in your own life. Decisive actions get a huge tick, especially where you’ve been procrastinating up until now, but also look out for a natural turn of events that will sort out a situation simply because its time has come. Saturn is good for closure or for putting things in order, Uranus by good aspect is associated with brilliance or the unexpected that works in your favour.

Note that slow moving Saturn and Uranus themselves are both in fire signs but they don’t actually make an exact alliance until the end of the year – Christmas Day in fact, when they both reach 20 degrees of their respective signs. The reason that this will take so long to happen is that Saturn will turn retrograde at the end of next month and won’t turn direct again (at 9 degrees of Sag, my and Sue’s Sun!) until 13th August, so there’ll be a long period of backtracking followed by another of catch up. This is therefore acting as a backdrop for this year, with a major turning point in the summer. Themes of reorganizing life and working on longer term projects, and matters that will take time, certainly fit for Sue and me.

The week finishes with the annual Sun – Neptune union –

Sunday Sun conjunct Neptune at 9 degrees of Pisces (15.49)

Neptune is incredibly slow moving (his orbit around the zodiac takes 176 years) so the Sun catches up with him only once a year. This aspect will therefore be especially significant for you if you have planets or angles at or very close to 9 degrees of Pisces or the opposite sign of Virgo, or in the other mutable signs of Sag and Gemini, therefore receiving this aspect by square.

Neptune is Poseidon, god of the sea, and rules the boundless watery realms of our emotional and spiritual worlds. It’s a great aspect if you’re falling in love – fusion and the urge to merge – or if you’re embarking upon any creative project. Also listen very closely to your inner voice and value your instincts. This is a chance to make a dream come true and it’s a good time to remember that many wondrous things start with the power of the imagination.

As with all the outer planets, however, there’s always a flip side! Look out for plumbing or water related problems, and be extra careful with any kind of medication. Neptune rules drugs, and also alcohol. Neptune can signal times when we feel swamped by our emotions – the whole gamut from love to grief – so look out for anyone who’s drowning their sorrows or be mindful if you’re drowning your own, such as making sure that you’re in a safe place and with those who’ll look after you.

Neptune is also associated with sleep I’ve found, and the older I get – and the older those around me get – the more important this seems to become! I always remember reading an interview with Johnny Depp as he was approaching the age of 50, who commented that sleep was becoming the major topic of conversation with family and friends (as opposed to sex, partying, adventures etc!), everyone comparing how many hours they got last night and how wonderful it was to wake up after that precious deep and healing sleep! Regardless of your age it’s surely true for everyone that a great night’s sleep sets you up to deal with anything, and especially the things that seem overwhelming or impossible when you’re tired. Out of interest I had a quick look at his chart –

http://www.astrotheme.com/astrology/Johnny_Depp

Depp has an exact Moon – Neptune sextile with his Moon at 13 Capricorn in the 6th (health, work, crafts) and Neptune at 13 Scorpio in the 4th. If you’re interested in researching celeb charts you’ll find that Neptune often figures strongly in the charts of actors – that creative talent, the power of the imagination and the ability to morph into someone else. Neptune is also compassion. Following the recovery of his beloved daughter from a life threatening kidney infection in 2007 in Great Ormond St Hospital Depp donated £1 million to the hospital but, even better, he visited the hospital personally, dressed in his Jack Sparrow outfit, and spent four hours reading stories to the children.
Wishing you sweet dreams,
With love from Greece until next week,
Joanna

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
THE GREEK ISLAND SUMMER SCHOOL 2016

23 May 2016 – Tarot & Astrology
(8 of 20 places available)

Suitable for all levels – How to combine the two crafts and develop your psychic skills

We start 2016 with a visiting tutor, tarot expert and psychic medium Avril Price. I will be teaching how to use astrology as an extra string to your interpretative and divinatory bow, adding fine tuning timing to your reading without the need to draw up the whole horoscope in advance.

This week’s top deal is from Thomas Cook – Borsalino Studios
Offering £189 discount per person

https://www.thomascook.com/holidays/greece/

This is a small hotel set in its own gardens, across the road from the beach, and a few minutes walk to the main harbor where you’ll find all the tavernas and shops. As with all Greek hotels the rooms are not huge, but they all have ensuite shower rooms and private balconies. The price is for single person occupancy (it’s less if you’re going to share) for the week, including flights, transfers and baggage allowance. No hidden extras!

6 June 2016 – Discovering Astrology
(8 of 10 places available)

Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover the fascinating world of horoscopy. Suitable for beginners and refreshers.

There are no discounted package deals on offer as yet for this week, although they will happen as this is the week after half term. For now the cheapest way to do this week is to opt for flight only. The destination airport is PREVEZA (PVK). The airport is on the mainland but we are joined by a causeway so the transfer time is 45 minutes, with no ferry links involved.

The best deal at the moment is with British Airways from Heathrow, special offer of return flight for £248, incl 20k of luggage allowance, with Charter Flights, and friendly flight times. NOTE THAT these are still charter flights, not scheduled, so you won’t find them on BA website.

Sun 5 June, Heathrow to Preveza
09:40, land15:15
BA9130C

Sun 12 June, Preveza to Heathrow
16:15, land 17:45
BA9131C
http://www.charterflights.co.uk/flights/greece/preveza
Or speak to Barry or Joanna on 0208 714 0010

I can arrange transfers from and back to the airport for around €20 per person each way, and accommodation for between €30-40 a night (£20-£30 a night).

9 Sept 2016 – The Astrology of Relationships
(4 of 10 places available)

PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE OF DATE for The Astrology of Relationships in September. This was originally planned to start on the 12th but will now start on the 9th. This is because by Sept we have the option of Thursday flights and packages (flying out 8th Sept, return flights the following Thursday 15th), which have turned out to be literally half the cost of the same holidays linked to Sunday flights.

The travel bargain is with Olympic Holidays, accommodation at Demetra Studios, a small block of lovely rooms set in their own gardens, on the seafront and just a few minutes walk to the main harbor.

http://www.olympicholidays.com/greece/lefkada/lefkada/demetra-studios/

Just £367 covers your flights, luggage allowance, accommodation (single person occupancy with ensuite bathroom and private balcony) and transfers to and from the airport. There is only this one flight coming to the island on Thursdays so if you want to do this course it’s advisable to book immediately. You can secure your package with a deposit with Olympic Holidays.

Astrologically the change of date is perfect. This course was planned to celebrate the beginning of Jupiter’s 12 month journey through Libra, the sign of partnership, and in fact Jupiter arrives in this sign exactly on the 9th. What does your horoscope tell you about the nature of your relationships? How to locate your love life in your chart, everything from meetings to marriages. How to interpret synastry, the comparison of two horoscopes that reveals the chemistry – and the issues! We’ll be working with transits and progressions. Suitable for intermediate level.

LONDON WORKSHOPS

These workshops are designed to be fun as well as intensive. We cover a lot of material and you’ll have the chance to give and receive a reading. Additional tutors will be joining us so you don’t have to worry if you’re a beginner – there’ll be lots of help and input to guide you.

Suitable for beginners to intermediate

Saturday 2 April
(14 of 20 places available)

Be a Better Tarot Reader – exploring card meanings, choosing and using the best spreads, and how to conduct a reading. Please be sure to bring a pack of tarot cards with you. I work with Rider Waite but you can bring any deck of your choice.

Sunday 3 April
(13 of 20 places available)

Understanding Astrology – you have a horoscope sitting in front of you, but what does it all mean? How to make accurate interpretations re personality and destiny in life, love and vocation. You’ll be exploring your own horoscope in this workshop so please have your data to hand when you book – your date and place of birth, and time of birth as accurately as possible – so that I can prepare your chart in advance.

Venue for both workshops
The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place W1U 8EA
Hours – 10am-5pm
Cost – £85.00 per day, or £150.00 for both

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS
1 of 4 slots available for private readings the week beginning Easter Monday, 28 March. Do get in touch asap if you’d like to book.

Finally, if you live in the north west of the UK here’s a date for your diary:

THE BOLTON ASTROLOGICAL SOCIETY
SPRING CONFERENCE 2016

SATURDAY 9TH APRIL
10.30AM – 4.30PM

Over Hulton Conservative Club
St Helens Rd
Bolton BL5 1AA

£35 INCLUDING LUNCH

FRANK CLIFFORD

10.30-1.00
AWKWARD PLANETARY COMBINATIONS

2.00-4.30
HUMOUR IN THE HOROSCOPE

For more information contact –
Jennifer Staveley-Hall 01942 810743
boltonastro@yahoo.co.uk

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