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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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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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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

14 September 2015 – Jupiter and Neptune’s Big issues, Mercury’s messages of caution & deliberation, Saturn’s new cycle

Firstly a huge thank you to my lovely, lovely students who’ve just been over to do the Synastry course. Ali, Chris, Elizabeth, Emma, Hilary, Julie, Linda, Lynne, Rasha and Suzan – you all worked so hard and we finished the week on a real high with some amazing astrology emerging from everyone’s individual charts. We also had a lot of fun, such different personalities yet everyone gelled, delicious taverna dinners and some great conversations, it’s what Summer School is all about – it’s going to feel very quiet this week without you all!
If Greece is too far for you to come, and if the astrology of relationships is of interest to you, then the weekend of Halloween might be a date for your diary – all details below.

 

 

Relationship Astrology workshops London

Lust, Love, Loss and Longing

Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1 November
The Astrological Lodge of London, 50 Gloucester Place W1U 8EA
10am-5pm

£85.00 per day, or £150.00 for both
(13 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:
• 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

We’ll also look at 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.
The Greek Island Summer School 2016

 
The next events in Greece will be next May and June –
• Combining Tarot & Astrology week, starting Monday 23 May with guest tutor medium and tarot expert Avril Price
• Discovering Astrology week, starting Monday 6 June

 

 

What’s happening this week? The Astrology Blog 14 September
All times posted in BST
Well no sooner have we kissed goodbye to Venus in retrograde motion than it’s Mercury’s turn. At least we won’t have to contend with retrograde Venus for another year and a half, but Mercury’s backward journeys are more frequent – three times a year for three weeks at a time. He is currently “stationing” – slowing down in readiness to mark the change of direction –
Thursday Mercury Stationary Retrograde at 16 degrees of Libra (19.10)
Mercury will turn direct again on 9 October at 1 degree of Libra, so if you have natal planets or angles in the first 16 degrees of this sign, or the opposite sign of Aries, then this will be an especially sensitive time for you. Here’s the usual link to check your horoscope:
http://www.alwaysastrology.com/birth-chart-calculator.html

 
For all of us though retrograde planets carry a universal message, and now’s the time to bear in mind the text book interpretation of “problems with communication and transport” and all related matters. We live in a world in which we often need to be in two places at the same time, in which communication is relentless and response time is virtually immediate. Retrograde Mercury periods are however often characterized by waiting on others, or dealing with issues to which we can’t expect immediate answers. As I said last week the themes of retrograde Mercury are likely to be more pronounced than ever given that this meandering journey is happening in the air sign of Libra, sign of The Scales, known for fairness and cooperation but also for deliberating and procrastination.

 
However, taking a long time to make up your mind about something may be exactly what’s needed. At the very least rushed decisions are definitely out, discussion and information gathering is in. Don’t allow yourself to be badgered into doing anything that you feel instinctively or logically to be wrong for you. Here’s the usual checklist for the “backdrop” of the coming three weeks:

 
• Try to operate by “re” words – review, revise, research, reappraise, rethink and so on
• Buy yourself time wherever needed
• Write things down – forgetfulness, being distracted, inattention etc can be a troublesome theme
• Back up all your computer work
• Getting back to ideas on the back burner
• Getting back in touch
• Rest and relaxation, give the brain some time off
• Keep options open
• Assume nothing, double check everything
• When in doubt, check it out – second hand opinions are a dead cert for getting hold of the wrong end of the stick – and don’t believe everything you hear
• Keep a close watch on all belongings – especially keys or anything linked to communication such as phones, laptops, tablets, cameras etc and don’t even think about buying new ones for the time being
• The same for cars – never buy any mode of transport under a retro Mercury
• Plan any journey with extra care and don’t trust to luck
• Kill your speed when driving – allow extra time for getting there slowly but safely
• Take extra care with form filling/signing on dotted lines
• No matter how certain a situation might seem there is a good chance that it will morph into something else over the next couple of weeks – the “x” factor is at work

 

 

Mercury’s change of direction coincides with two huge astrological events –

 
Thursday Jupiter opposite Neptune (07.57)

 
This aspect happens approximately every 13 years – the last one being September 2002 when Jupiter was in Leo opposing Neptune in Aquarius. Since then slow moving Neptune has changed sign, so this opposition happens at 8 degrees of Virgo/Pisces respectively.
This seems an apposite moment to address an issue that always comes up during a course, and often in consultations too if the astrologer makes the mistake of using too much jargon. The natural question in response to any kind of astrological statement is, “What does that mean?” The answer to that question lies at the heart of understanding how symbolism and divination actually work. If we change the question to, “What MIGHT that mean?” we shift our perspective in a way that then leaves us open to possibilities rather than becoming fixated on “boxing” symbolism and insisting that it must means something specific in advance. Those who do the Tarot know this. All the 78 cards have traditional meanings (manifest meaning) but it’s the reader’s “take” on a card when seen in a specific spread and within the context of a question that brings it to life (latent meaning).

 
Astrological symbolism works in exactly the same way. So this major opposition (challenging, at full stretch) between Jupiter (planet of expansion, ruling faith, justice, all things foreign, beneficence and good fortune) and Neptune (planet of spirituality, encompassing the imagination, dreams, illusion, escapism, suffering, compassion and idealism) has huge implications for all of us. Robert Hand calls it the aspect of conflict between “the real and the ideal”. At a universal level this aspect strikes at the heart of humanity itself and poignantly captures the migrant crisis in Europe, as thousands of frightened souls are washed up on the shores of new countries in the search for safe harbors. Note also that these big aspects are active for weeks as they are “applying” (building up to their point of exactitude) and then also take several weeks to draw apart and separate.

 
Whenever Jupiter is in the picture you can start with the word “BIG”. Neptune is also associated with inflation, being god of the seas in all their depth and boundlessness. So this Jupiter – Neptune opposition signals feelings and scenarios that are overwhelming, over the top or which have the propensity to become blown out of all proportion. Big feelings, big dreams, big emotional conundrums – etc. In tandem with Mercury turning retrograde the advice of “keep it real” is probably the best, even though that may not be completely possible. Also bear in mind that this is a highly seductive picture if someone is trying to win you around to their way of thinking – don’t be coerced or conned! It’s also sob stories – listen out for the hallmark of “poor me” and wise up to where you’re being influenced or persuaded to act against your better judgment. Psychologically this aspect paints the archetype of the Rescuer, which is fine if a loved one is genuinely in need, but when our resources of love, time or money are in danger of being plundered we have to try and put in some boundaries.

 
The final big event of the week is a major planet changing sign –
Friday Saturn ingress Sagittarius (03.48)

 
Saturn first entered Sagittarius on 23 December last year but only got as far as 5 degrees before turning retrograde on 14 March. He then slid back into Scorpio on 15 June and turned direct again on 2 August. This time he enters Sagittarius for real and will be travelling through this sign until the end of 2017. So I’ll be talking a lot more about this combination in the future but for now note that Saturn is entering Jupiter’s sign, and this new cycle is part and parcel of the unfolding of world events that affect us all.
Until next week,
With love from Greece
Joanna

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