If you want to explore the fascinating subject of astrology for yourself, and enjoy a week on this beautiful Greek island of Lefkada, I am running:
· Astrology Week for beginners/refreshers, starting Monday 23 September – 3 of the 8 places available.
· Tarot Week – running now! Thank you to the lovely students here for making this a wonderful week.
· Course dates for 2014 Astrology and Tarot will be decided in October. Visit my website www.joannawatters.com for more info about the Greek Island Summer School or contact me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org
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What’s happening this week?
We have two planets changing signs this week, events that are known as “ingresses”. These signal the beginning of new cycles that are characterized by the nature of the planet being expressed through the new sign.
Mercury, planet of the mind that rules absolutely everything to do with communication, changes sign this morning and enters the air sign of Libra, sign of the Scales. Most of us associate this sign with balance, fairness and the ability to see all sides of an argument. This often results in indecision. Libra rules the 7th house of significant one to one relationships so the Scales also symbolize partnership. Those who have natal Mercury in Libra (ie in their own horoscope) tend to be natural negotiators and diplomats, with “what do you think?” at the top of their question list. This placing rewards compromise, but of the genuine active kind rather than the passive. This is not about handing over the power to someone else but about seeking agreements and answers that satisfy both parties.
On Wednesday morning Venus enters Scorpio. This is of course the love planet but Venus rules everything to do with life’s pleasures – all the sweet things of life – and is also the universal significator for money. The good news is that her first aspect is a trine (harmonious) to sensitive Neptune, strongly placed in his own sign of Pisces. This aspect will be exact first thing Saturday morning. The not so good news is that Venus is said to be in “detriment” – one of her weakest placings – in Scorpio. It’s a water sign, element of the emotions, and feelings run deep. It’s a sign characterized by passion, intensity, determination and power (think Scorpio Hillary Clinton) but the flip side is jealousy, the need to control, obsession and the need for revenge (think Fatal Attraction).
Mmm, quite difficult to sit down and have rational discussions (Mercury in Libra) when you can cut the emotional atmosphere with a knife and someone wants to boil your rabbit (Venus in Scorpio). Bottom line? Think first, act second. Don’t be propelled forwards by powerful feelings without thinking of the consequences first. Ask to what extent is this about the other person, to what extent is this about me? Say no to anything that smacks of destructive behavior on either side.
Along the way Mars squares up to Saturn today, just four hours after Mercury’s ingress, so start by looking at the situation that seems hopelessly stuck or at the person who refuses to change anything. Therein lies the challenge. Mars will reach revolutionary Uranus by trine at the weekend, so change is on its way, ready or not, and Mercury gets in on the act with a square to Pluto and an opposition to Uranus. The latter won’t be exact until next Monday morning but will make its presence known during the previous 24 hours. If you have to have a gloves off argument with someone then it might be the only way. Mercury in Libra will be cringing in the corner but Venus in Scorpio will secretly relish the chance to bring hidden issues out into the open.