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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. 

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15 February 2016 – Mercury lifts shadows, Venus and Sun’s new cycles and the quest for meaning

The Astrology Blog 15 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

The main event is that Mercury has just changed sign. Any planet’s ingress into a new sign is linked to new cycles but this one is especially important as it also coincides with Mercury coming out of shadow. In other words, Mercury has just returned to the sign and degree at which he turned retrograde, and here’s the sequence –

• 2 Jan Mercury ingress Aquarius
• 5 Jan Mercury turns retrograde at 1 degree of Aquarius
• 25 Jan Mercury turns direct at 15 degrees of Capricorn
• 13 Feb Mercury ingress for the second time
• 14 Feb Mercury reaches 1 degree of Aquarius for the second time

As above, so below. Pay close attention to events unfolding for you as this week gets underway as they hold the potential to make a significant difference to your future. You may remember from earlier blogs that I said that the New Year would be a false start for many, and that that real New Year would start 25 Jan when Mercury turned direct again. Mercury coming out of shadow is also fabulous for new resolutions and is a breath of fresh air.

In particular, Mercury ruled concerns (communication in all forms and guises, such as news, information, decisions, paperwork) are absolutely crackling. Also note Aquarius related themes – such as groups, friendships and technology. Great time to buy that new phone, tablet, computer, car etc. You may also find that you return to issues that had to be put on the back burner early January and that you can now tackle them with a fresh head or with the right information or help that you need.

Some textbooks will tell you that Mercury is “exalted” in Aquarius – ie his best sign – although traditional astrology says that Mercury is exalted in Virgo, one of his own signs. But generally Mercury is happy in the air signs, element of the mind and intellect. Am indebted to Ronnie Lloyd – one of two people to whom Be Your Own Astrologer is dedicated, the other being Paul Hitchings, both amazing therapists – who pointed out an omission in the trauma chain that I talked about last week. I mentioned the five phases of trauma, denial, feelings, acceptance and resolution. Ronnie reminded me that the latter stages are very much connected with finding meaning – why did this happen, what does it mean, what am I supposed to be learning, what does it tell me about me/my life/my relationships etc. This is a vital component. As an astrologer I of course find meaning for myself primarily through astrology, and it’s the search for meaning that is partly the reason that people seek readings. Mercury emerging from the shadows and into a sign in which he’s strongly placed bodes extremely well for making sense of events in your own life, to the extent of getting a new handle on an issue and finding that moment of resolution.

The love and money planet Venus is also heading into Aquarius –

Wednesday Venus ingress Aquarius (04.18)

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. If you have financial matters to put in order now is the time to do so, or to seek financial advice if you’re in a muddle and need to get new systems in place. Aquarius is the most systematic of all the signs and loves a plan!

The Sun is also changing sign, moving from Aquarius into Pisces at the end of the week –

Friday Sun ingress Pisces (05.35)

This underlines this week’s main theme of progress and transition. We’re reminded that nothing stays the same forever and even something that has felt hopelessly stuck or impossible to resolve could now start moving. Alternatively, it may be a matter of dropping something that has already taken up too much time and energy, and realizing that your best interests lie in the direction of brand new cycles (characterized by the arrival of new people, resolutions, decisions, outside events etc).

Again, this is underlined by the fact that the Sun’s first aspect after changing sign will be the Full Moon early next week –

Monday (22nd) Full Moon at 3 degrees of Virgo (18.21)

Full Moons occur when the Sun lines up exactly opposite the Moon, which is why they’re always in the opposite sign (New Moons are the Sun and Moon conjunct in the same sign). I’ll be talking more about this event next week but for now note that the Full Moon’s job is to illuminate or to bring a matter full circle. Events unfolding over the coming weekend may well pave the way.

Until next week,
With love from Greece
Joanna

 

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS 2016

An update on all forthcoming events – and some amendments to note, starting with A CHANGE OF DATE for The Astrology of Relationships at The Greek Island Summer School 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.

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

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.

ALSO ON OFFER AT THE GREEK ISLAND SUMMER SCHOOL 2016

23 May 2016 – Tarot & Astrology
(9 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. It’s next door to the Bel Air, where Avril herself and a few others are staying, and close to a couple of lovely tavernas that end of the village too, ones that I often use for group meals in the evenings so it’s an ideal location. The price for single person occupancy is currently discounted by £189 – so it’s £351 for the week to have your own room, 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 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:

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).

LONDON WORKSHOPS
I made a mistake in last week’s mailing re course info with regard to places available! These workshops have only just been announced so there’s still plenty of spaces, and time to book if you want to come along and meet likeminded people, learn more about tarot and astrology, and 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.

8 February 2016 – A New Moon and Jupiter’s path of good fortune

The Astrology Blog 8 February 2016
First of all a quick update on all forthcoming events – am now taking bookings for all of the following:

LONDON WORKSHOPS

Suitable for beginners to intermediate
Saturday 2 April
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
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 working on 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.

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
I’ll have a few slots available for private readings the week beginning Easter Monday, 28 March. Do get in touch asap if you’d like to book.

GREEK ISLAND SUMMER SCHOOL 2016
There is no price increase for 2016
All course fees are being held at £295.00 for the week, which includes 17 hours of tuition and all transport to and from the villa on the four study days. A fabulous freshly prepared buffet lunch using all local produce is also provided each day, €5 a day.

23 May 2016 – Tarot & Astrology
Suitable for all levels – How to combine the two crafts and develop your psychic skills

The Greek Island Summer School is entering its 15th year. The flight over is under 3 hours and the transfer time 45 minutes, so contact me directly for the how to book info, it’s easy!

We start 2016 with a visiting tutor, tarot expert and psychic medium Avril Price. This is a unique opportunity to study with Avril who is mostly based at the CPS, Centre for Psychic Studies in South Kensington, London, combined with a holiday on the beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada. 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.

All the travel research has been done for you and there are some attractive package deals available for your flights and accommodation. At the moment the top deal is with Thomsons, Bel Air hotel – currently discounting 150 for single person occupancy so 392 for the week, own room, ensuite bathroom, private balcony, incl transfers, and also breakfast. Also ideal for those who prefer a later flight time, LGW departure 14.55
http://www.thomson.co.uk/destinations/holiday-destinations.html

6 June 2016 – Discovering Astrology
Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover the fascinating world of horoscopy. Suitable for beginners and refreshers.

12 Sept 2016 – The Astrology of Relationships
Celebrate the arrival of Jupiter in Libra, Mr Big of the skies in the sign of partnership for the next 12 months. 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.

What’s happening this week?

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
There’s been some really tough astrology recently and I have to say that by comparison this coming week feels like a breath of fresh air. We start with the New Moon –

Monday New Moon at 19 Aquarius (14.40)

This feels very uplifting for Sue and me as our natal Chiron is at 18 Aquarius. In particular, Sue was diagnosed two weeks ago with an underactive thyroid and has just started the meds, and is already making a noticeable recovery. The problem was discovered two weeks ago when Mercury turned direct, which was textbook astrology – hidden issues coming to light, and Mercury rules the thyroid. So at the time of this New Moon it’s worth also remembering the usual checklist of things to expect as Mercury gets back to business, and especially as he’s now getting back to full speed –

• 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

So, New Moons are fantastic for fresh starts of all kinds and this time Mercury is helping out. In the sign of Aquarius look for things ruled by this sign – groups, friendships, picking up your social life, getting involved with a cause that matters to you and taking an interest in your community. A recent happiness survey showed that those who felt a valued part of their community were at the top of the list for general life satisfaction.
Mercury is also on his way into Aquarius –

Saturday Mercury ingress Aquarius (22.44)

This too will herald a new chapter, especially as this is “take 2”, ie Mercury first entered Aquarius on 2 Jan but then almost immediately turned retrograde and retreated back into Capricorn. I’ll be talking more about this next week, but for now note that the sign of Aquarius is also linked to objectivity, the intellect and the rational mind. This would suggest that problem solving now really needs the head rather than the heart. If you’ve been through any kind of emotional storm the conditions are now settling and the time is right to start processing. Probably a good time to remember the trauma chain –

1. Trauma (anything upsetting)
2. Denial (this can’t be happening…he/she didn’t lie to me…I’m not lying to myself)
3. Feelings (identifying and acknowledging what they really are, such as rage, guilt, shame, resentment, grief etc)
4. Acceptance (it’s happened, it’s over)
5. Resolution (moving on)

The speed at which each individual can work through this chain obviously varies enormously, as so much depends on the nature of the trauma and the nature of the individual personality. But the sooner we can work through it, the better for us. Many of us are quite capable of staying stuck at base number 2 or 3 for a long time (sometimes years…) and if you recognize yourself in that then this is an ideal time to get to work on that stuckness!

This is strongly supported by the fact that the other key player this week is Jupiter, whose main principle is expansion. Jupiter’s job is to make our world a bigger and better place, hence his link with luck and opportunity, and anything that points us towards emotional or geographical wider horizons. Mr Big of the skies is all about possibilities and optimism, and this week he aligns harmoniously with Venus and Mars –

Wednesday Venus 21 Capricorn trine Jupiter 21 Virgo (07.55)
Saturday Mars 21 Scorpio sextile Jupiter 21 Virgo (23.00)

Venus and Mars are traditionally the love planets so these aspects bode well either for resolving love issues, including escape from a relationship that is unhealthy, limiting or just plain wrong for you as Jupiter is also The Liberator, or for getting a new romance off the starting blocks. Also pay close attention to people you meet this week as Jupiter tends to introduce those who are good for us, from helping hands that lighten our load right through to benefactors and life changing teachers. In addition, Venus rules money and the sweet things of life, and Mars – strong in his own sign of Scorpio – is your “can do” attitude and approach to life.

The aspect to Mars is highly relevant for me with my Ascendant at 21 Scorpio, and Jupiter being the ruler of my Sun sign Sagittarius. I already have a handle on what this is about as the Asc rules the 1st House of the physical body, Jupiter is in Virgo sign of health, Mars is energy and Scorpio is linked to regeneration. For me I think this is about processing grief, recovering from what I can only describe as an emotional battering that has definitely taken its toll on my physical well being. Anyone who’s suffered a major bereavement will vouch for how it knocks you sideways and even the simplest of tasks require a huge effort. Recovery and getting back to work both fit the bill, especially as Jupiter rules both education and long distance travel – so flying back to the UK (which for me is abroad!) and sorting out travel for those who are booking for the Summer School here in Greece.

Wishing you a great week and may Jupiter bring you what you wish for,
With love from Greece
Joanna

1 February 2016 – All the planets jostling for position and a full on week!

The Astrology Blog – 1 February 2016

As above, so below – in individual lives and in world events. The day that Mercury turned retrograde (5 Jan), and square Mars (war) Kuwait announced the decision to recall their ambassador to Iran as a regional row over the execution of a Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia deepened. Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran had been ransacked and set alight and they broke off diplomatic ties with Iran in response.

On the same day a friend (Gemini, Mercury ruled) turned up at hospital for her long awaited hip operation only to find that the surgeon had had a family crisis and his list for the day had been cancelled. I was relieved, I didn’t want her to have the op under such inauspicious skies, but as so often happens the astrology showed itself in a way that we couldn’t foretell – just that the plan went wrong! The reason for mentioning all of this is that this same friend is back to the hospital today for op take 2 – so good luck Mary.

What’s happening this week?

All times stated 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

The difficult aspects to Mercury are clearing (the ones that have been ongoing since the middle of December). We had the last square to Uranus in the early hours of this morning (Monday). Mercury is now starting to pick up speed again having turned direct a week ago, and his next aspect is to Jupiter which, again, is the last of a series of three. Here’s a reminder of the sequence –

Mercury trine Jupiter (harmonious)

• Friday 25 December 23 degrees Capricorn/23 degrees Virgo
• Friday 15 January 23 degrees Capricorn/23 degrees Virgo (Mercury retrograde)
• Saturday 6 February 22 degrees Capricorn/22 degrees Virgo

Any ongoing matter/discussion that aligns with or close to these dates, and in particular in relation to subjects ruled by Jupiter, is headed for its finale. Jupiter matters are education, publishing, travel, all things foreign, justice and all things legal, and anything/anyone that makes your world a bigger and better place. The combination of Jupiter with Mercury generally spells good news, often of the kind to celebrate, Jupiter being the “greater benefic” of the heavens.

Generally we can stick the word BIG before Jupiter aspects but the spoke in the wheel is that Jupiter is currently slow moving and only three weeks into his long retrograde journey through Virgo (Jupiter’s sign of detriment). Therefore final answers and outcomes are more likely to be characterized by the following –

• They may not be perfect, in terms of what you ideally wanted
• They may not be immediate
• Or you have the chance to resolve something that has been necessarily time consuming or already on the back burner for too long

So, go with the best you can make of a matter, simplify and avoid taking on unnecessary slog, and get those irons in the fire, especially the ones you want sizzling by the spring (Jupiter turns direct early May).
What else is happening this week? Midweek promises to be productive, especially in terms of things that have been difficult to deal with –

Wednesday
• Mars 16 Scorpio sextile Pluto 16 Capricorn (10.48)
• Sun 14 Aquarius sextile Saturn Sagittarius (18.19)

Mars is currently dignified in his own sign of Scorpio, and is in harmonious aspect to Pluto, co-ruler of Scorpio. This is also what’s called a “mixed reception”, as Mars is in Pluto’s sign and Pluto is in Capricorn, Mars’ sign of exaltation. It doesn’t get much more powerful than that! If you’re self employed this is wonderful empire building stuff, and it’s also great for anything that falls into the “needs to be changed or transformed” category. This includes jettisoning anything that no longer serves you – Pluto in particular rules endings. However, the mixed reception also signals that Pluto’s rebirth imagery is waiting to be tapped into and that there are moves you can make, such as enlisting help. But step into your own authority too and note that determination of the one last ditch attempt variety could swing something your way. If there’s anyone who can pull strings for you then ask. This aspect is also packed with emotional and physical healing potential. If you or a loved one has a health issue, and if you don’t feel as if anyone has got to the bottom of it, now’s the time to find a new practitioner. The Mars – Pluto combination is all about digging under the surface and using all your resources to maximum capacity.

The Sun – Saturn sextile on the same day carries much of the same symbolism, as Saturn also rules endings as well as resources, but is also about the work ethic, putting things in order and dealing with authority or with those who are authorities in their own field. These two planets together also carry a lot of weight for health concerns and bode well for finding answers that can be implemented long term.

The rest of this week’s astrology is packed into the end of the week, from Friday to Sunday.

Saturday
• Venus conjunct Pluto 16 Capricorn (01.13)
• Sun 17 Aquarius sextile Uranus 17 Aries (16.40)
• Mercury trine Jupiter (18.46) – see beginning of blog
• Venus 17 Capricorn square Uranus 17 Aries (22.04)
Sunday
• Sun 18 Aquarius square Mars 18 Scorpio (12.09)
• Venus 18 Capricorn sextile Mars 18 Scorpio (15.02)

Working on the as above so below principle, when a lot of aspects create a pack like this it indicates a lot of things going on at the same time or a lot of people being involved in a situation and battling for position. In fact, every planet with the exception of Neptune is having a say this week. It’s a very mixed picture so we can expect the emergence of many different stories, some representing closure as the third and final Mercury – Jupiter is in there too. Venus is a leading lady, playing into the (now separating) Mars – Pluto sextile, and also making a square to Uranus, before harmonizing with Mars. So, for example, a drama that starts on Friday night could be resolved by Sunday afternoon. Whatever your personal context, love and money issues are touchy, and the unexpected is in the mix, so keep your wits about you. Next week is a lot easier, starting with a New Moon, so no matter how fraught things might get just remember that they will get sorted pretty quickly.

Until next week, with love from Greece,
Joanna

23 May 2016 – Tarot & Astrology
How to combine the two crafts and develop your psychic skills
Suitable for all levels

The Greek Island Summer School is entering its 15th year and we start 2016 with a visiting tutor, tarot expert and psychic medium Avril Price. This is a unique opportunity to study with Avril who is mostly based at the CPS, Centre for Psychic Studies in South Kensington, London, combined with a holiday on the beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada. 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.
The course is suitable for all levels and there are some amazing package deals available for your flights and accommodation.

Thomas Cook – Yiannis Hotel

Offering £200 discount per person!
https://www.thomascook.com/holidays/greece/

This is a family run hotel in a fabulous location, on the seafront 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. If you want to share I would recommend the more spacious options as described below. As you’ll be studying as well as holidaying it’s important to be able to sleep when you want to, siesta or nighttime.

1 adult Yiannis Hotel £302
2 adults sharing Yiannis hotel £246 per person

This includes 15k of luggage and airport transfers (45 minutes each way) to and from Nidri.
For an extra £70 you can book a maisonette (an upstairs and downstairs with extra beds or sofa beds) or a one bed apartment (an extra bed in a separate bedroom)

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. You can get a return flight for £219, incl 20k of luggage allowance, with Charter Flights

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).

You can reply to this newsletter or start a new email to me joannaw@otenet.gr for all bookings and enquiries. There are many other tour operators catering for Nidri and you may well find other options that you prefer, but please do check these out with me first so that I can vouch for quality and location. Please also ask if you have any questions, no matter how small, I am here to help.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
With love from Greece
Joanna

25 January 2016 – Mercury marks the “real” New Year, why midweek is special – and RIP to Mike

 

The Astrology Blog 25 January 2016

Followers of astrology will know that today marks the important event of Mercury switching to direct motion after three weeks of being retrograde. Not blogging for the past two weeks is one showing of the communication planet being awol, and on this occasion it’s been for the saddest of reasons as my adored brother in law Mike passed over on 12 January. There probably isn’t a single person reading this who hasn’t experienced a bereavement so you don’t need me to describe the tsunami of grief.

Sue was with him right up until the end and has allowed me to share her story. Mike drew his last breath at exactly 6am and she told me that something in her, in spite of the months of disbelief and battling to save him, knew that it was exactly his appointed time. “I can’t describe it, other than I felt the click of some cosmic cog, and the moment was done.” Looking at that moment astrologically the Moon was at 18.20 Aquarius – which is exactly the degree and minute of mine and Sue’s natal Chiron, the wounded healer. Make of that what you will but, in my view, her feelings were not imaginary and what she experienced was an expression of some deep connectedness, at many levels. It’s at moments like these that the awe of astrology and the sense of spirit is unmistakable, and brings immense comfort. We miss Mike’s physical presence every second of the day but there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s still around, and we’ve already had several messages in many different ways.

I’ll share my favourite one here. Mike was fantastic with children, and had an impish sense of fun and humour, and never lost that “naughty little boy” inside him. Sue’s daughter had to break the news to her four year old twins and, as she did, there was a noise from Kieran’s bedroom. She went to investigate and found a whole pile of newly washed linen on the floor (it had been stacked on the bed against the wall) and an electronic toy (operated only by remote control) driving itself at full speed around the room. Again, make of that what you will….

What’s happening this week?

All times stated in GMT

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

Regular readers may also remember that I said at the beginning of the year that 25 January would be the “real” New Year, and it’s finally rolled around. We started 2016 with Mercury stationary retrograde, hence the false start which I know many people have struggled with, and Mercury will make the turn this evening –

Monday Mercury stationary direct at 15 degrees of Capricorn (21.51)

Firstly note that Mercury turns direct conjunct the Fixed Star of Vega, benefic in nature, associated with hope and dignity. At a universal level Capricorn is the sign of purpose, ruling the 10th house in the natural order of things, which symbolizes our goals, aspirations and our path forwards in the world. For me it definitely marks the turning point in terms of picking up work again and starting to plan ahead for media work, the next London workshops and this season’s Summer School. I’ll be getting back to everyone that’s enquired so far this year. Otherwise I have to confess that my inbox is somewhat on overload with unanswered emails, for obvious reasons, and a huge sincere thank you to everyone who’s sent messages of concern.

So look out for your own turning points as this week gets underway but note that we still have some hassles to deal with as Mercury will now repeat the third and final difficult aspects to Pluto and Uranus at the end of the week –

• Saturday Mercury conjunct Pluto (05.53)
• Monday (Feb 1st) Mercury square Uranus (03.42)

Here’s the full sequence –

Mercury conjunct Pluto
• Friday 18 December 14 degrees Capricorn
• Friday 22 January 15 degrees Capricorn (Mercury retrograde)
• Saturday 30 January 16 degrees Capricorn

Mercury square Uranus
• Monday 21 December 16 degrees Capricorn/16 degrees Aries
• Wednesday 20 January 16 degrees Capricorn/16 degrees Aries (Mercury retrograde)
• Monday 1 February 17 degrees Capricorn/17 degrees Aries

So this coming weekend represents the final stages of any ongoing situation that started the week before Christmas, or any matter that still needs further negotiation. It’s the nature of the Uranus – Pluto square to disrupt or cancel things so we’re not entirely off the hook as yet and this week it pays to bear that golden rule in mind – make no assumptions! But in terms of the bigger picture here’s the usual checklist of things to expect as Mercury gets back to business –

• 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

The end of the week also brings a beautiful and much softer aspect –

Saturday Venus sextile Neptune (16.46)

Venus entered Capricorn on Saturday evening and will be travelling through this sign until the middle of February. This is her first aspect in this sign, happening with Venus at 8 degrees of Capricorn, Neptune at 8 degrees of his own sign of Pisces. This is a classic love and romance scenario, but also fantastic for empathy, understanding, the closeness of friendship and the healing of hurts. It’s also a great aspect for giving love in a constructive and hands on way. There is nothing mushy about Venus (love, money) in Capricorn (realistic, Saturn ruled earth sign). And with Mercury newly direct this rather adds up to the message of putting your money where your mouth is. Words are easy, but real love is effort and going out of our way to provide or offer what is needed.

One other little highlight this week will be the main feature of Wednesday evening –

Thursday Moon conjunct Jupiter (00.12)

The Moon conjuncts all the planets once a month as she travels through all 12 signs every 28 days. The Moon was full yesterday (3 degrees of Leo) so is now waning but will still be bright in the sky late evenings. Look for the dazzling white planet below the Moon – that is Jupiter – and this month’s conjunction falls at 22 degrees of Virgo. In terms of the astrology an opportunity is building, especially for those who are not afraid of hard work (Jupiter is in detriment in Virgo and success won’t be handed over on a plate, but effort will be rewarded if you’re ready and willing to roll up those shirt sleeves) and answers to health issues are also in the making.

For the astronomy go to Bruce McClure’s brilliant website Earthsky as he describes the heavens so clearly and passionately, and tonight (Monday 25th) Jupiter starts what he calls the planet parade as Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, Mercury all rise one after the other throughout the night:

“If you get up before sunrise, and see all five planets together … that’ll be something special! We haven’t been able to see them simultaneously like this since 2005, 10 years ago.”
http://earthsky.org/tonight

Until next week,
With love from Greece
Joanna

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