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February 2013

25 February 2013 – This week’s Astrology

sorry, retrograde Mercury strikes.. forgot to post this up yesterday:

The Full Moon is exact this evening (20.27 GMT). Traditionally this is a time of illumination, of things coming full circle and information coming to light, but bear in mind that we currently have a retrograde Mercury. This signals a risk that things are not, in fact, what they seem or that there is more information to come. As always, the three week period of Mercury being retrograde is a time for caution and often a “wait and see” policy works best. In the meantime the usual advice applies – back up your work, watch your valuables and be careful what you say/commit to. You’ll find a link to three articles on the subject of retrograde Mercury on Sally Kirkman’s site:

This Full Moon is in Virgo – sign of health, duty and work. Virgo tends to get not so much bad press as boring press, often being associated with a “goody-goody” image, a critical nature, perfectionism and a strong work ethic. However, this is also the sign of skills and crafts, and this is where the positive Virgo talents for precision and attention to detail come into their own. This mindfulness is highly appropriate, even invaluable, for the combination of a Virgo Full Moon/retrograde Mercury.

So, what next? Mercury in Pisces backtracks to meet up with Mars in the same sign tomorrow morning, repeating an aspect that first occurred on 8 February. Mercury (communication) and Mars (war) – words can wound so look out for disputes, especially as Full Moon time is also notorious for “lunacy” and domestics. Or whatever started for you around 8 February is likely to pop up again, and you have a second chance to address it. You may be amused to note that Virgo correlates to the 6th house which is where we also find animals and I am currently at war with a huge stray tomcat who is wreaking havoc in my house, day and night, trying to get in and spraying everywhere when he does. A locked cat-flap is a mystery to my own animals but it’s the only answer for now! And, oh yes, the plumbing problems continue and the bathroom floor is due to be dug up this afternoon… joy.

Two other features this week – Venus follows the Sun, Mercury and Mars into Pisces in the early hours of tomorrow morning. This is good news in that Venus is said to be “exalted” in this sign – in other words, the Venusian qualities of love, peace and pleasure find easy expression in this gentle water sign. Note especially the Venus/Neptune (co-ruler of Pisces) conjunction on Thursday afternoon.

Finally the week ends with the Sun making positive aspects to Pluto and Saturn on Friday. Although the week does feel like something of an emotional rollercoaster these aspects do have a feel of bringing things back into perspective and into some kind of order. Even if you don’t get perfect results you will get some answers, insights, guidelines and the chance to regain some control over the important issues currently unfolding in your life. I might even have a new bathroom floor and no leaky pipes by then!

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18 February 2013 – This week’s Astrology

I’ve recently had an international news moratorium – for several weeks, for myself and not just for this blog – and in the process discovered that another friend never watches the news at all, with the philosophy that anything really important will find its way to her ears anyway. Not so recently I might’ve frowned inwardly at the idea of staying uninformed. Yet I should add that the above mentioned friend is one of the most intelligent, compassionate and insightful women of my acquaintance and is a highly effective therapist/astrologer/business woman and prolific writer.

Now I am beginning to think is there something truly oppressive about being exposed to a constant flow of tragedy? As this is such a transitional week I did log onto the news this morning, and within seconds I found myself reading about suicide, murder and devastating landslides.

I think the real issue is boundaries. As I write the Sun has just entered Pisces – traditionally the sign of suffering and redemption, mysticism, the sea (co-ruled by Neptune/Poseidon) and boundless emotional depths. The Piscean nature is highly absorbent, it can soak up an atmosphere in seconds, it’s sensitive to the point of/bordering on being psychic, it’s compassion for humanity and it’s the “urge to merge”. Falling in love is, in fact, the temporary collapse of personal boundaries. The struggle is how to put them back again! Disillusionment and feeling swamped by life is the flip side of the Pisces coin.

Later today Saturn turns retrograde in another water sign of Scorpio, and Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces at the end of the week. This adds up to a lot of uncertainty, and a lot of vulnerability. Keep an eye on your boundaries – in other words, how far can you healthily go if you are in the role of Rescuer? How much can you realistically expect of others?

On a more mundane note I’m wondering if the record breaking wet weather here is now dug in for yet another three weeks, until Mercury goes direct again! Nidri is waterlogged and I’ve also discovered plumbing problems in the bathroom… water, water everywhere! It’s hard to imagine that in a few months time I’ll be complaining about the heat….

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11 February 2013 – This week’s Astrology

Yes it’s that time of year again. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is on Thursday so here’s the link to the February column that focuses purely on love, sex and relationships:

The general feel of the week is one of imposing order. Mercury makes harmonious links to Pluto and then Saturn tomorrow, and Mars does the same Friday/Saturday. This adds up to decisions/action plans but, as Mars and the outer planets are traditionally treated as “malefic”, not everything will be necessarily easy or desirable. Also note that Lord of Time Saturn is slow, getting ready to turn retrograde next Monday, so all the more reason not to waste time or put things off. Finding the best options, getting to grips with current challenges and focusing on what you want the outcome to be is the way ahead.

CLICK BELOW for the link to the regular weekly column:

And welcome to the Year of the Snake! Ssssssss …

Listening Between the Lines – on Planet Waves

…and now for something completely different. Some of you may know the American website Planet Waves, brainchild of astrologer Eric Francis. They produce highly detailed and meticulously researched columns/features, weekly and monthly, both in the Sun sign format and in terms of how astrology plays out in the world events unfolding around us.

Their latest special issue is called Listen, to which other astrologers were invited to contribute. You’ll find my feature on this link, called “Listening Between the Lines”, a look at how the worlds of astrology and psychotherapy overlap:

Hope you enjoy looking at the rest of the site if it’s new to you.



4 February 2013 – This week’s Astrology

There are some weeks when life seems to be dragging its feet, and others when everything seems to be happening all at once. This week is the latter. New cycles are a theme as Venus changed sign at the weekend (into Aquarius) and aligns easily with Uranus and Jupiter midweek. This picks out Wednesday as good news day or as the point at which something drops easily or suddenly into place.

As ever, there’s a “but” as Mars now in Pisces, with Mercury following tomorrow afternoon and both headed to meet up with Neptune, muddies the water. It’s said that the ability to “tolerate ambiguity” – in other words, to be able to juggle contradictions rather than insisting on everything making perfect sense with totally predictable outcomes – is the mark of emotional maturity. I get the feeling that many of us will be tested on that one this week, or in the next few weeks, as Mercury is going to be swimming backwards and forwards through Pisces until mid April.

More on that as it unfolds. In the meantime, this week reminds us that joy/sadness are the two sides of the same coin. Or as my colleague Sally Kirkman says this week on the intro to this week’s astrology: “This is why Neptune is associated with saints and sinners: you can ‘lose yourself’ in spirituality or divine inspiration through music, poetry, art and film or you can spiral downward into addiction, another form of escape.”

The weekend brings the New Moon in Aquarius – sign of the collective but also of individual brilliance. However, coinciding with Mars/Jupiter and Venus/Saturn squares (obstacles/challenges) it would seem that the most effective fresh starts will be the ones characterized by acceptance rather than trying to blast through what can’t be changed.

CLICK BELOW for the link to this week’s column:

And if you’d like to read more about Sally’s take, here’s the link to her column as well:

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