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October 2012

29 October 2012 – This week’s Astrology

Hi everyone

Well the week doesn’t get off to the easiest of starts, which will sound like the understatement of the year if you live on the other side of the pond. This mailing goes out to readers in many different countries, including America, and there are at least three of you known to me in NYC, a city that will be waking up to lockdown as Hurricane Sandy meets up with winter storm fronts – Diane, Jen and Megan please take care.

The impending “Frankenstorm” is the out of control monster created by nature and it’s impossible not to think about the death/rebirth and horror movie genre symbolism wrapped up in the current astrology. Saturn will of course be travelling through Scorpio for the next couple of years but it’s always the ingress, the beginning of the journey, that is most interesting to astrologers. How does the shift make itself felt? In these first few weeks it’s been noticeable in many ways and a lot of things suddenly seem to be about time itself, symbolically appropriate as Saturn is known as the Lord of Time, ruling ageing, clocks, and Father Time himself.


Also the textbook Scorpio subjects of sex, death, power, secrets and subterfuge are there in abundance. Veteran news reporter John Simpson was quoted as saying that the BBC sex scandals were the worst to surface in 50 years, the then revolutionary The Joy of Sex marks its 40th anniversary and is reissued with the subtitle The Timeless Guide to Lovemaking, and the 23rd James Bond movie marks 50 years since Sean Connery made his sexy secret agent super spy debut in 1962. Now America is facing a mega-storm that is forecast to create havoc to tens of millions of people across 800 miles of the East Coast and has the potential to be the largest storm ever to hit the States. Many of these news items are ongoing.


Saturn in Scorpio is the “backdrop”. Back to the details of this week – Mercury arrived in galloping Sagittarius early this morning and is on an instant collision course with Neptune (Poseidon) in Pisces (the sign that rules all things marine). This aspect does rather sum up the idea of “deluge” (exact today at 17.41 GMT, lunchtime America). Throw in a Full Moon (today 19.51 GMT) in conflict with Saturn – it’s enough to paint a picture of evacuation for thousands of people.


For the second half of the week Venus is the troublemaker, in conflict with the outer planets of Uranus (dramatic change) and then Pluto (endings/rebuilding).


To sum up, as above – so below. The news stories are the bigger picture but also the personal story of many individuals. To personalize the astrology in your own world what are the bigger changes already going on/or that need to be made? What are you afraid of? Why is it so scary to rock the boat or do you allow feelings to swamp you? Are you “reactive” (deal with it when it happens) or “proactive” (plan ahead)? What do you need to do to get out of the path of your own hurricane? Food for thought!


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22 October 2012 – This week’s Astrology

The Sun will move into Scorpio in the early hours of tomorrow (01.15 BST), one of the two signs ruled by Mars and the only sign co-ruled by Pluto. Mercury is also still in Scorpio, travelling through this sign for another week – but owing to an imminent retrograde period, Mercury will slip back into Scorpio in the middle of next month for another visit of nearly four weeks. There will be some issues that just won’t go away, and there will be some voices who refuse to be silenced. Or there may be matters that you start now but which, for reasons yet unknown, you’ll have to revisit.

It’s easy to give this sign bad press – emotional and sexual intensity, jealousy, knee jerk revenge, power battles and control freaks, secrets and silences – you get the picture. In the news the stories continue to emerge about the misuse of power in relation to celebrity status acting as a cover for sexual predation, and a lead story on the BBC entitled “Sun, sea and Plutonium” reports on the fate of Palomares, a Spanish village now asking the US for a final clean up after an air accident resulted in nuclear bombs being dropped there in 1966, scattering plutonium over a wide area. US Secretary of State, Scorpio Hillary Clinton, is reported as being committed to finding a permanent solution.

The positive side to this sign then is the much loved Scorpio keyword “transformation” – the potential for deep healing, for changes of the powerful and lasting kind. This week’s Sun – Saturn conjunction in Scorpio early Thursday (the first time for this meeting in this sign since November 1984) embodies the life/death/rebirth symbolism, especially as it coincides with the repeat of the Mercury Scorpio/Venus Virgo sextile (harmonious aspect), an aspect first made last Tuesday. It’s a climate demanding courage and resilience, it’s not easy, but there are answers out there and a feeling of truth trying to struggle to the surface. It feels as if a little determination will go an exceptionally long way.

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15 October 2012 – This week’s Astrology

It’s an action packed start to the week with Mars in good aspect to Uranus this morning, planet of innovation and the dramatic. My day started, as did everyone else’s here on Lefkada, with a mini hurricane blasting across the island. With thunder and lightning thrown in it was a spectacular show, but scary. For a moment I felt as if my little house was about to be uprooted and hurled over to Kansas, complete with little white dog! As above, so below… love the lead story this morning on the news of Felix Baumgartner breaking the speed of sound with his own body for capturing that Mars/Uranus crazy/brave (depending on your point of view) stunt. Love even more his words as he prepared to jump – something along the lines of you have to climb very high to understand how small you really are. He also said in the press conference that followed that at that heart stopping moment he wasn’t thinking about breaking any records, he was thinking only of his loved ones and getting home. The Wizard of Oz strikes again – there’s no place like home. Thankfully, he made it.

This picture also reflects this morning’s New Moon in Libra, sign of relationships – big R and small r. New Moons, new beginnings. There seems to be a message here that no matter what dramas may be erupting around you, it’s your relationships that really count. As always with Libra, sign of The Scales, there’s also a theme of finding balance in your life.

Finally, linking into this is a Mercury (talk) link to Venus (love), exact at 13.32 BST tomorrow. As Mercury is starting to slow down, in readiness for turning retrograde early next month, this is an aspect that will repeat next week. Heart to hearts/plans/meetings/decision processes started at this time are therefore doubly important and there will be more to come.

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8 October 2012 – This week’s Astrology

The Scorpio/Pluto theme continues and is the dominant theme until Thursday. This can be tricky stuff. Scorpio – sign of emotional intensity, deep seated issues, and the use/abuse of power and control are just some of the characteristics that can give this sign a bad name. Similarly, Scorpio’s co-ruling planet Pluto is often portrayed as the devil himself, being god of the underworld. In mythology his notoriety is linked to the abduction of Persephone. Wrapped up with both the sign and the planet then is the whole subject of sex – as the source of rebirth/healing or as the source of great evil. As above, so below. You’ve only got to look at the news right now to read about missing little April Jones, the “rebirth” of Ian Brady and the sordid stories around Scorpio Jimmy Savile to see the dark side of these themes at work.

In terms of your own day to day dealings note that Scorpio/Pluto symbolism often links into secrets and silences or victim behavior. The best possible interpretation of the current picture is to recognize the transformational potential of personal courage and responsibility, the importance of self awareness and the triumph of this over fear. Don’t allow yourself to be controlled or intimidated! The other best showing for these themes is healing, emotional or physical, through the power of words or self love.

On a lighter note – thankfully! – Mars has now exited Scorpio and is starting a journey through adventurous Sagittarius. Travelling, planning for the future and any project linked to learning/education gets a big tick.

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1 October 2012 – This week’s Astrology

This is what I call a transitional week. Jupiter – planet of hope, good fortune and wide horizons – is now turning retrograde, and will be backtracking until the end of next January. This doesn’t mean that all good things go on hold until the New Year, but it does mean that plans for the future could meet an interesting twist in the road. Unfolding events may introduce a factor that leads to looking at longer term issues in a new light, especially as Jupiter turns retrograde in Gemini, sign of the Twins, which often signals choices. Focus on your “re” words – review, revise, rethink, rewind… Travel, legal and educational concerns all need special re-consideration.

Jupiter’s direct opposite is Saturn – planet of work, effort and responsibility – and he’s in the news big time, changing sign for the first time in three years. Saturn moves into intense and powerful Scorpio on Friday (21.34 BST) and will be trekking through this sign until September 2015. Mmm, life suddenly seems to be taking a turn for the serious but this doesn’t mean that it has to be heavy going. On the contrary, I would suggest that a deep appraisal of your true needs, desires and goals is extremely timely. Saturn’s bigger picture message is that nothing can be built and truly valued without commitment… and how can you put commitment before passion? It has to be the other way around.

As above, so below, so by “coincidence” rather than design am just reading Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, a book which truly captures this astrological vibe and making me “re-think” certain ideas in a fascinating way. Thank you to Jeryl for the recommendation!

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