The Astrology Blog 13 June 2022
All times in BST
“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
Lalah Delia – spiritual writer and wellness educator
“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies.”
WHY THE BLOG IS LATE THIS WEEK!
Thank you to everyone who’s asked about what happened to the blog this week. It’s always a cause for concern when something in our life that is a “given” doesn’t happen! I literally can’t remember the last time I didn’t get the blog together but it’s over ten years. Even when I’m mega busy I always manage to find to get the info out there, so it’s hardly surprising that many readers set their watch by me.
So last week was the Talking Tarot course at Summer School and the main astrological feature of the week was the Venus – Uranus conjunction, which happens once a year. Here’s my “take” on this from the last blog for the week beginning 6 June –
Saturday 11 June
- Venus conjunct Uranus 16 Taurus 23.58
This is an extremely lively combination. Venus is dignified in Taurus, her own steady sign of Fixed Earth, but Uranus in this sign is the ground shaker. Venus is the love planet and rules everything to do with romance, sex, pleasures, enjoyment, money, girlfriends so putting all of that together with Uranus can swing either way.
The outer planets are double sided so Uranus can be surprises of the wonderful kind, excitement, spontaneity, doing things differently, embracing the unusual, some healthy risk taking, things happening when and where you least expected, such as chance meetings or introductions. Uranus rules groups and along with Venus is brilliant for a whacky mix of women coming together – bring on the tarot week, arrivals on Wednesday!
The flip side to Uranus is the shock factor, the thing you couldn’t possibly have seen coming, the x factor that upsets the best laid plans, the rug puller and those wtf moments. He’s rather fond of antics and drama. Uranus also rules splits and is therefore the divorce planet, or the sacking planet.
Last week’s group was all of this come to life, everything went nuts in both good and bad ways. Best way to give you the picture is to bullet point it –
- Everyone made their flights, but the red flags for Birmingham airport in terms of queuing time were more than accurate. In spite of allowing extra time the two students coming in on that flight ended up having to ditch their hold luggage, quickly repack cabin bags only and run to the gate. I tried not to cry about the fact that my NZ Sauvignon Blanc got left behind!
- They both nearly didn’t make the week for other reasons, as literally the day before one of them had an unexpected death and the other an unexpected illness in the family, snap decisions had to be made
- There was a last minute booking from one of my regular clients but it was dependent on finding childcare for a 4 year old. I was confident I could find someone, that my Leo Moon would rise to the challenge, I’ve lived here for 27 years and know everyone, it’s a very close community. I did in fact find the perfect person immediately but she could only do 2 of the 4 days needed as she was already booked. Found another perfect person, she even came down on our first evening with her own kids to meet us all, and it went brilliantly. At 6am the next morning she messaged to say she was having a crisis and couldn’t do the job after all
- “A whacky mix of women” was spot on lol. I was immediately struck by how different everyone was, from all walks of life and all ages, over 50 years between the youngest and the oldest, and everyone had major personal issues to resolve, ranging from the expected life events such as relationships/work but up to and including the biggies like emigration, a health issue and divorce. One dropped out of the group for her own reasons but the others all worked together brilliantly, and increasingly so throughout the week
- So everyone arrived Wednesday, first study day Thursday, and we finish at 3pm latest so that everyone gets beach time. On the first afternoon for swimming and sunbathing, they’d been on the beach for about an hour when one of the girls was hit – twice – by two flying umbrellas. I’ve seen this happen before when it gets very blowy in the afternoons, usually the owners are very mindful about securing everything but this was extremely windy weather all of a sudden
- Then in the evening we got a weather warning text from the government, a massive thunderstorm heading our way. It was humungous. We all got woken up at 5am to deafening thunder and lightning that went on for hours, impossible to get back to sleep, got up to a waterlogged garden and no electricity …. No cup of tea to start the day!!!
- We had to relocate for the day to one of the student’s studios that still had power, and a living room space big enough for the 8 of us to fit in. Sleep deprived, we all somehow managed to get through the study goals for that day
- I could see that everyone was flagging but in fact Gill had to go straight to bed and didn’t surface until the next morning as she’d developed a raging migraine. She’s an Aries, and so is Rachel who got hit on the head by the umbrellas. They’re both Aries, the sign that rules the head!
- When I went to the car to go home I found that it had locked itself – I’d left the key inside as I always do as we have no crime here, I never lock my car! The key was tucked under a towel to keep it out of the sun. I have no idea how this happened, I’ve had the car five years and this has never happened before. Fortunately I knew where the spare key was and a friend delivered it to me
- As happens so often after the first day of a course, once new students have met me in person and find that I don’t have two heads, I’m asked for private readings. Everyone in this group was first time to summer school which is also really unusual, I nearly always have a mix of new and returning students, and only 2 of them had booked readings ahead. I do factor this in, but I then scheduled in another 4 readings so that was another big factor in no spare time
- Halfway through the week I heard that one my best friends here had had a stroke and was in hospital. It took about 24 hours to get more news which thankfully was good, that it had been minor and we were then able to message each other
- The last day of the course was fantastic. Suddenly everyone was working at the next level. I gave them a reading to analyze – just the spread of the cards and the basic info that I’d had myself prior to this particular reading – and left them for ten minutes. I came back to find that they’d smashed it, making all the right interpretations within the context of the question asked and arriving at the correct prediction.
- I asked them if they would’ve known how to make a start on this exercise at the beginning of the week and it was an immediate and resounding NO! And that story better than anything else I could say illustrates how much you can learn in one week – to go from learning basic card meanings to accurate predictions in the space of four days is achievable!
- Every year just one little bright green frog appears on my balcony, usually in July, but this year he/she was early. Always a magical moment and I took this as a healing omen. And our big finale was the last night meal on the beach as the Sagittarian Full Moon rose in the background. Truly stunning. During the meal I received a message from my niece to say that my great niece had successfully come through surgery at Great Ormond St in London
Trust me I could add more points to this list but I would then be breaching confidentiality, so I’ll leave it at that!
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK?
Mercury arrived in his own sign of the Twins on Monday afternoon. If you think back you’ll remember that Mercury already arrived in Gemini 29 April but only got as far as 4 degrees of this sign before turning retrograde 10 May. Mercury then slid back into Taurus and turned direct at 26 Taurus 3 June.
This time Mercury’s journey through Gemini is for real, first aspect is to benefic Jupiter next Monday morning, and this week also includes Mercury’s moment of coming “out of shadow” –
Monday 13 June
- Mercury ingress Gemini
Saturday 18 June
- Mercury Out of Shadow
Monday 20 June
- Mercury 6 Gemini sextile Jupiter 6 Aries 08.45
So this is Mercury at his best – dignified in his own sign of quick and versatile Gemini, travelling towards a harmonious link with lucky Jupiter and coming out of shadow – ie returning to the degree at which he originally turned retrograde which in turn means that Mercury is now back up to full speed.
Look out for an issue in your own life coming back to full speed and/or this time being for real. Great picture for making the right decisions and for getting things moving in the right direction. Bear in mind that Jupiter himself will turn retrograde at the end of July so try not to waste time. You don’t have to go at things full pelt but don’t lose your impetus. If I have a major goal I always try to do one thing a day that tends to it, no matter how small that one thing might be. They add up.
FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS
So as mentioned above we’ve already had this month’s Full Moon –
Tuesday 14 June
- Full Moon 23 Sagittarius 12.53
The sign of the Archer’s main principle is expansion, both of the mind and of our horizons, and so he rules everything to do with both learning and overseas. Part of the Full Moon’s job is to highlight and illuminate, and what better showing of this than to have a wonderful last night meal on the beach with a group who had really bonded throughout a week that was not always easy.
However part of the evening’s conversation was about coming back next year so the Uranus glitches had been managed. Jupiter ruled Sagittarius is all about firing your arrows into the future and setting off in pursuit.
SATURN & NEPTUNE
The rest of this week is dominated by both the Sun and Venus playing into Saturn and Neptune who are currently just one sign apart, with everything at 25 degrees of their respective signs, which is only 2 degrees away from the Full Moon –
Thursday 16 June
- Sun 25 Gemini trine Saturn 25 Aquarius 07.15
- Sun 25 Gemini square Neptune 25 Pisces 14.43
Saturday 18 June
- Venus 25 Taurus square Saturn 25 Aquarius 22.33
Sunday 19 June
- Venus 25 Taurus sextile Neptune 25 Pisces 09.07
This is a combination of easy and challenging aspects but it finishes on a good note with Venus dignified in her own sign making a harmonious aspect to Neptune, who in turn is also of course in his own sign of Pisces. A positive “outcome” piece of symbolism for any current issues, the most obvious being love/money (Venus) and health/energy as the Sun is the life force.
I slept 9 hours last night after waving off my students! It’s always a satisfying kind of exhaustion when we know we’ve worked really hard, spun a lot of plates and worn a lot of hats, but delivered. More than ever this week I’ve been aware of embodying the Sun in multitasking Gemini – organizer, holiday rep, aunt, friend, counselor and oh yes, teacher! But we all have to watch for burnout, especially when you have a lot of fire in your chart as I do, so am now taking some time out.
Next week Venus will make her final appearance in Taurus before moving on into Gemini, just after the Summer Solstice, so more on those two milestones next week.
Until then, with love from Greece