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19 August 2013 – This week’s Astrology


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 – 4 of the 8 places available. 

·        Tarot Week for refreshers/intermediate, starting Friday 6 September – 1 of the 8 places available. 

·        You can contact me direct on


If you want to go straight to the columns here are the links for the weekly and monthly horoscopes:


What’s happening this week?

As I said last week the second half of August is packed with activity. We start with the unusual phenomenon of the Full Moon falling in Aquarius for the second month running. The first one fell at 0 degrees of Aquarius on 22 July, this one falls at 28 degrees in the early hours of Wednesday (exact at 02.46 BST). Any aspect pattern or lunation (new or full moon) that involves planets at 0 degrees is especially potent as it speaks of a brand new beginning – a clean page. Similarly, the last degrees of a sign signal a completion. So whatever particular issue/wish/event that started a month could reach a rapid conclusion.

This is underlined by Jupiter squaring up to Aquarius’ co-ruler Uranus just a matter of hours later. This is a major aspect that will repeat next February and April. For now look out for sudden changes as Uranus rules the unexpected. Like The Tower in the Tarot he is often the bolt from the blue, the thing you couldn’t possibly have seen coming, but he is also progress and innovation. The square is a challenging aspect but Jupiter is the Greater Benefic – he is good for us – and sometimes we have to have the rug pulled from under our feet to move us on. So this can be an exciting time if we’re willing to roll with a few punches, to embrace the new and not run from a bit of risk taking.

Love dramas will be part of the picture for some as Venus is now travelling through her own sign of Libra and on Thursday she reaches 6 degrees of this sign. This means that she is then the 4th planet in a major aspect pattern called a Grand Cross – four planets all 90 degrees apart. This Grand Cross is formed in what are known as the cardinal signs: 

·        Uranus at 12 degrees of Aries

·        Jupiter at 12 degrees of Cancer

·        Venus at 6 degrees of Libra

·        Pluto at 9 degrees of Capricorn

One of the traditional interpretations of this aspect pattern is “a cross to bear” although this rather suggests a burden that can’t be lifted. I feel that it is more a case of a situation reaching its ultimate stalemate first, the real issues locking into place, the unfolding of events that show us where “something’s gotta give”. Venus as the fastest moving planet of the four will work her way through the Grand Cross between Thursday and the middle of next week. So, for many, it will be a case of making or breaking a relationship, or thrashing out a debate, or working out the terms of new arrangements, personal or professional – and so on. The bigger picture message is that we need some tension in order to grow, and that there’s rarely change without some kind of conflict.  

In the middle of all the drama the Sun and Mercury slide into analytical Virgo at the end of the week, and unite on Saturday evening. This feels like “the voice of reason”, a moment of pure insight and a clear understanding of “the heart of the matter”. If the end goal is acceptance then doing away with any kind of pretence is probably the best possible point of reference and our strongest life line.


29 April 2013 – This week’s Astrology

What’s happening this week? There are two clear themes playing out, possibly related to each other and/or connected to last week’s events. You may remember that last week we had Venus and then the Sun making tough oppositions to Saturn. This week it’s Mars’ turn early Wednesday, followed by Mercury midday Sunday.

The golden rule to remember is as above, so below. Saturn generally signifies slow moving situations, or those that are difficult to adjust to. He is against risk taking, pushy behavior or disrespect. Saturn does things in the time honoured way, symbolizing convention, hierarchy and the status quo. He loves making us wait or warns us off the things/people that are bad for us. When you find the road ahead is blocked to you, or when you’re not getting the love/support that you need, you can be pretty sure that Saturn is in the picture.

The second theme is also a repeat. Last week we had Venus trine Pluto, this week we have the Sun trine Pluto on Wednesday evening, followed by Mars trine Pluto Sunday evening. For trine think triangle – the signs that are 120 degrees apart from each other, working in harmony as they share the same element. In this case it’s the element of earth as the Sun and Mars in Taurus align with Pluto in Capricorn.

In many ways this second theme challenges the first as Pluto symbolizes change, of the deep and total kind. From a craft point of view the astrological link lies in the fact that Saturn and Pluto are currently in “mutual reception” – in other words, Saturn is travelling through Pluto’s sign of Scorpio, and Pluto through Saturn’s sign of Capricorn. They are therefore in collaboration and sympathetic to each other’s causes.

So, difficult situations CAN be turned around but not in a hurry. For example, if you’re starting a new job, forging or rebuilding a relationship or rebuilding yourself after a health problem, or adapting to a new set of rules the message is slowly-slowly for now. It’s also a good time for taking advice from those you respect – professionals or those who can pass on the benefit of experience.

You may like to note that this is the last week of things being heavy going, so hang on in there if you’re struggling! Mercury is picking up speed fast, and will be a key player throughout May with a rapid chain of aspects that start this coming weekend with a sextile (harmonious) to Neptune, exact in the early hours of Saturday. Mercury rules language, Neptune rules altered states of consciousness including intoxication, so this made me think of “in vino veritas”, which just out of interest I checked out on Wikipedia. I leave you with these words!

“The Roman historian Tacitus described how the Germanic peoples always drank wine while holding councils, as they believed nobody could lie effectively when drunk.”


Places are still availablefor
Discovering Astrology for Beginners & Refreshers
from 23-27 September 2013.

Working with Tarot Intermediate Course from 6-11 September 2013 is now FULL.

If you would like to join me for a Tarot course in 2014 the schedule is now being planned – just let me know

In the meantime here’s how to start or continue your tarot studies:           

Sharon Gill runs a tarot class every other Friday and the next will be this Friday 3rd May 7.30pm – 9.15pm. Venue: Qi Unity, 122a Stonhouse Street, London SW4, £6.00.

Avril Price will be running tarot courses at the College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, South Kensington from 13 May. For more details contact


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