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EXCITING NEWS! The Greek Island Summer School is moving. We’re off up the mountainside to this amazing villa, called Villa Jorgos. The views across Nidri are spectacular – it’s hard to believe that it’s only five minutes drive away from the village. Most importantly the villa has the perfect outdoor “classroom”, complete with outside bar and pool.
The Greek experience is about combining the fascinating subjects of astrology or tarot, or both, with a week’s holiday on this beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada. This is the 13th year of the Summer School and you can book to join a group (maximum of 8 students) or do private tuition by arrangement from May to October.
As a result of the move you will be driven to and from the villa each day and the course hours have been reorganized. Three of the five study days will include a complimentary lunch. As a result you will be back in Nidri by 2.30pm to enjoy the rest of the day as you wish. On the Friday our finale will be a bbq in the evening to mark the end of the course:
Arrive early afternoon from the UK. The day is yours to settle in – lunch, sunbathe, swim, siesta and meet your fellow guests. First night group meal in a local taverna in Nidri.
Study hours 11 – 2
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Study hours 10 – 12
Lunch/swim at the villa 12.00 – 12.45
Study hours 12.45 – 2.15
Study hours 10 – 12.30, then back to Nidri.
Study hours 5 – 7, followed by evening bbq at the villa
Free day and last night group meal
Return flights to UK
Email me for all enquiries or bookings on email@example.com
So, here are the course dates to choose from for 2014:
Working with Tarot
w/c 5 May 2014 ( 7 of 8 places available) or
w/c 19 May 2014 (2 of 8 places available)
These courses are suitable for all levels. We revise the traditional divinatory meanings of the 78 Tarot cards and …
More details on the website here
Discovering Astrology – foundation course for beginners/refreshers
w/c 2 June 2014 (4 of 8 places available)
Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover horoscopy, the symbolism of the signs, planets and houses. Take your first steps in chart interpretation and making predictions…
Check out the website for more details…
Astrology & Tarot – how to combine both skills
w/c 8 September 2014 (2 of 8 places available)
REVISED COURSE DESCRIPTION!
This course is suitable for the student who has already ventured into studying both tarot and astrology, but you certainly don’t need to be an expert… Details on the website
Good Timing – Predictive Techniques in Astrology
w/c 22 September 2014 (4 of 8 places available)
REVISED COURSE DESCRIPTION!
This course is suitable for the student who has already completed a beginners’ course or who is familiar with the basic symbolism of the nuts and bolts of horoscopy – signs, planets and houses. The aim is to …
More details check out the website…
If you have any queries or would like to reserve a place please contact me direct here
For an overview of the month and your FEBRUARY horoscope here’s the link to the column on Network She:
The Astrology Blog – w/b 3 February 2014
Well, usually I face the challenge of condensing and interpreting a lot of astrology into a small space. This week the picture is quite the opposite as it so happens that between now and next Tuesday 11 February there are no major aspects, no lunations (new or full moons) and no ingresses (planets changing sign).
There is however the phenomenon of Mercury turning retrograde on Thursday evening (21.44 GMT). As regular readers may recall, Mercury’s backtracking periods happen roughly three times a year for about three weeks at a time. All things related to communication and travel are potentially complicated during this periods.
Mercury has only just arrived in Pisces – the ingress being 31 January – and because he is “stationing” (getting ready to switch direction) he is moving very slowly up until Thursday evening. Think of him as splashing around in the shallows and testing the water, then changing his mind and retreating to dry land. Symbolically, then, this translates into having second thoughts, doubting the wisdom of a decision, back pedaling and battling with feelings that don’t make sense or which leave you feeling as if you’ve somehow missed the point. In this respect some of us will still find ourselves in deep waters. This will apply especially to you if you have planets or angles in the first three degrees of this water sign, or in the other mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius.
Mercury is the trickster of the heavens and he loves puns. As he turns around in Pisces, sign of mutable (free flowing) water look out for plumbing problems. For some there will be more flooding problems too or delays in claiming insurance for water damage.
Traditional astrology assigns meticulous and analytical Virgo as one of Mercury’s signs of dignity – where he operates best. He is therefore in one of his signs of detriment in the opposite sign of Pisces. The element of water rules the feeling function so expect touchy subjects to become highly sensitized.
The bigger picture message is that you are not necessarily making the wrong decisions or that emotional issues will not necessarily remain unresolved. You should however expect teething problems with any kind of new arrangement and definitely work harder at keeping a sense of proportion if you feel uncertain. At a practical level too if you feel that everything is getting on top of you then the message is to stop, regroup and get on top of everything. And if you feel that someone is not telling you the truth or that they are keeping difficult feelings to themselves then they are almost certainly are. Kid gloves at the ready. When you find yourself spilling feelings out into an email please think twice before you hit that send button, or if you’re on the receiving end try to respond with compassion rather than indignation! The things that are splurged this week will probably be the things that we regret saying or to which there are no easily obvious or mutually satisfactory answers. Oh yes, and watch the “in vino veritas” while you’re at it! One of the best movie lines ever, from Sideways – two guys touring the wine valleys of California – was, “oh no, did you drink and dial?” (The last word of which dates the movie but you get the point.)
Mercury will slide back into the previous sign of Aquarius next week on the 13th, and will turn direct again in Aquarius on the last day of this month, but until then here’s the usual quick checklist for how to survive Mercury mischief:
· Assume nothing, double check everything
· When in doubt, do nothing
· Keep a close watch on all belongings – especially phones, keys, cameras and any techno goods
· Ensure phone is fully charged when you’re travelling
· Don’t travel unless you have to
· Take extra care with form filling/signing on dotted lines
· Buy yourself time re major decisions
· Back up all your computer work
· Operate by “re” words – review, rethink, rework, revisit etc
On a more cheerful note – hurray – retrograde Mercury is great for getting “back” in touch. That person who keeps flitting across your mind? Call them. Also get back to plans and ideas that have been on hold. It’s best not to take anything off the drawing board until the end of the month, when you will be looking for ways to capture that positive turning point and use it to its greatest effect, but in between now and then you can cover a great deal of ground and learn a lot.
What else? Remember that by comparison Venus has just turned direct – also on 31 January, the day that Mercury arrived in Pisces. As I commented last week, this feels contradictory. You may feel as if two very distinct threads in your life are being pulled in different directions – one unraveling while the other starts to knit together very neatly. It may be that the two are, in fact, somehow working together, reminding you that the skills you need in one situation (or with one person) are not necessarily the same skills that you need in another (or with a different person). While Pisces is an intensely emotional water sign, Venus is powering up again in earthy Capricorn – a sign associated with work, goal setting and endurance.
Because of Venus’ retrograde period she’s been in Capricorn since the beginning of November and still has a way to go, finally entering the next sign of Aquarius at the beginning of March. So Venusian issues – primarily love, money, and all desires close to your heart – are currently a long slow build. Things of beauty can be achieved but with care, attention, respect and patience, whether it’s a relationship, a career or a home.
The latter of course is especially close to my heart! The Move is happening – my sister and partner are in the villa – but with Mercury poised to turn retrograde it is, surprise, total chaos. Having done most of the slog in the pouring rain there is now no hot water, no heating, no internet and their life’s possessions sit in a mountain of boxes. Anyone who’s ever moved knows what this feels like and it’s little wonder that it’s in the top 5 of the stress list. My move happens mid February … which is when Mercury slides back into Aquarius, just praying all internet problems sorted by then – anything else I can deal with!
Take care everyone and if you want to read more during the week, make comments or share your own stories why not join my Facebook Group – The World of Astrology. Here’s the link: