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8 July 2013 – This week’s Astrology

This week’s blog 8 July

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Regular readers will know that I always urge caution during the times when Mercury is retrograde, roughly three times a year for about three weeks at a time. Mercury turned retrograde on 26 June and won’t turn direct again until 20 July so we still have a way to go. Last week I did a quick checklist for how to survive Mercury mischief which I’ll repeat here:

·         Assume nothing, double check everything

·         When in doubt, do nothing

·         Keep a close watch on all belongings

·         Take extra care with form filling/signing on dotted lines

·         Back up all your computer work

·         Operate by “re” words – review, rethink, rework, revisit etc

I should add that personal belongings linked to communication are top of the list – so far I’ve heard of a lost video camera, a laptop left on a bus and a mobile phone going over the side on a boat to disappear into the ocean.

Textbook retrograde Mercury says “problems with communication and transport” so please travel carefully too. On Friday my niece was involved in a serious car accident and has sustained whiplash injuries to the neck (the part of the body ruled by Mercury) so this subject is especially close to my heart right now. My own car has just been overhauled by my clever mechanical friend Phil – thank you Phil! – who has told me that all four tyres are seriously sun damaged. So that’s the next job – and btw look out for unexpected expenses too!

On a more cheerful note retrograde Mercury is brilliant for getting “back” in touch with old friends and I’ve just reconnected with someone I’d unintentionally lost touch with about 12 years ago. That has to be the best feature of Facebook!

Mercury is also prominent this week by being conjunct the Sun tomorrow evening and in a minor aspect to Venus midday Thursday. These are benefic contacts. Look out for news or insights into your personal affairs, but bear in mind that no matter how strongly you may feel about something – or someone – you may change your mind in a couple of weeks time. Or someone else will.

What else? This morning Saturn turned direct in the early degrees of Scorpio, having entered that sign last October but retrograde since early February. Being a slow moving planet he now has to “rev up” again but at least he is now moving in the right direction. This is a turning point for dealing with Saturnian issues – loss, obstacles, delays, work. Look out for connections to family/property concerns too as we have the New Moon in Cancer this morning too.

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24 June 2013 – This week’s Astrology

It’s a landmark week, with all the key activity crammed into the middle of it.

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Jupiter travels through each of the 12 signs of the zodiac for approximately 12 months, rather neat as he is planet of fairness and justice, so he changes sign once a year. In the early hours of Wednesday he moves from Gemini to Cancer. This is an important ingress in the eyes of traditional astrology as it means that Jupiter moves out of his sign of detriment (weaker placing) and into his sign of exaltation (strongest placing). In brief Jupiter’s principle is expansion – anything that makes your world a bigger and better place – but his nature is protective as well as entrepreneurial. Hence he is exalted in the water (emotions) sign of Cancer, which rules home and family, and is introspective and nurturing by nature. This new cycle does, however, get off to a slow or uncertain start.

Mercury entered Cancer on 31 May but turns retrograde on Wednesday (at 14.09 BST), and will be backtracking through this sign for three weeks. For those of us who like straight talking and everything to be above board and obvious this is like erecting a great big sign that says Communication Minefield starts here. Mercury being expressed through the sign of the Crab is indirect and sideways (crabwalking) at the best of times, but doing it in reverse feels completely unfathomable. Proceed with caution in any dealings with those you do not know well or whose agenda is a closed book.

Venus moves into the Sun’s sign of Leo on Thursday. This is bold and bright in comparison to the rest of the current astrological picture that is hidden and tentative. This placing signals that love and life’s pleasures prosper with confidence, loyalty and adoration.

Thanks to Janine Cording who sent me a couple of quotes last week that I’d like to share with you. It may seem odd for an astrologer to like a quote that doesn’t focus on what lies ahead but, while Mercury is retrograde, I believe that it pays to live more in the moment:

“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time, my greatest regret is that I believed in the future.” (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer)

This second quote called When There’s Still Time is also perfect for Mercury being retrograde – for re-thinking and reframing – in Cancer, sign of kin and those you care about.

Stop fighting with your family members, spouse, or friends. Start appreciating. Enjoy each other. Stop looking at the other’s faults. Start to appreciate each other’s qualities. Life is short. Even if you live one hundred years, how long will you live with all your faculties intact? The period we have to appreciate each other is quite limited.


– Gehlek Rimpoche, “An Interview with Gehlek Rimpoche”



27 May 2013 – This week’s Astrology

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What’s happening this week? This is the most cheerful picture that we’ve seen for a while as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter (08.57 BST) this morning and Venus will conjunct Jupiter tomorrow evening (20.30 BST). These are, roughly, annual events as the fast moving personal planets catch up with slower moving Jupiter (12 year cycle) once a year. (The last Mercury/Jupiter conjunction was 22 May 2012, the last Venus/Jupiter conjunction was 14 March 2012, in Taurus).

It’s always encouraging to see Jupiter in the picture. Traditional astrology calls mighty Zeus “the greater benefic” and it’s easy to see why his principle is “expansion” as he rules good fortune, opportunity, education, justice, freedom and travel. That which makes our world bigger and better is his job – ours is to learn, to stay informed and to work with the truth. The headline in the news that captured this picture best for me was on the BBC:

“Colombia’s government and Farc rebels say they have agreed on land reform, after months of talks on how to end five decades of conflict.”

These conjunctions are taking place in Gemini – the communicator of the zodiac. There’s nothing new under the sun – if you have conflict in your life the road to peace is to talk. With Venus in the picture – traditional astrology bestows Aphrodite with the title of “the lesser benefic” – the message is also to move from a position of concern and compassion. Ultimately, Jupiter is the liberator.

Note that these conjunctions fall at 23 degrees of Gemini. If you have planets at or close to this degree, in any sign but especially by conjunction or opposition (Sagittarius), these aspects will be especially significant for you.  

We also have two planets changing sign at the end of the week. Mercury moves on into Cancer on Friday morning, and Mars moves on into Gemini four hours later. I’ll be talking more about these next week.

The weekend picture is the Sun in sextile (two signs apart, harmonious) to Uranus, and the aspect is exact in the early hours of Sunday morning. Hopefully we will see the positive side to Uranus – spontaneity, fun, exciting news or enjoyment to be found in groups. He is however always the loose cannon of the zodiac so even by good aspect I would still err on the side of caution in risk taking scenarios of any kind.

20 May 2013 – This week’s Astrology

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What’s happening this week? Regular readers will be familiar with the phrase, “As above, so below”. This invites you to look at astrological symbolism as a reflection of life here on planet Earth rather than as something causal.

There are several events of significance starting with the Uranus – Pluto square, exact late this evening. This aspect – rare because it is formed by two of the slow moving outer planets – repeats an astonishing 7 times, and this is the third (the series started last June, will finish in March 2015, the fourth contact will be 1 November).

The Uranus – Pluto alliance is anarchic, explosive and dramatic. One story that reflects the symbolism exactly was actually planned and contained:

“A two-mile viaduct in the Chinese city of Wuhan has been demolished, breaking a record for the longest reinforced concrete bridge ever blown up in the country.” (BBC news)

However, it usually carries a huge shock factor, the things you don’t see coming or only know about at the last minute. The headlines this morning capture this with yet another tragedy of car bombs in Iraq and the devastation of deadly tornados tearing through Oklahoma, resulting in a state of emergency being declared in 16 counties.

At a personal level then knowing how to contain our own dramas and operate our rescue and recovery skills is part of the human experience. Working consciously with what can be repaired/bridge built, or accepting that which is beyond our control, is part of the picture. At the moment this will be especially poignant for you if you have planets positioned at 11 degrees in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).

On a lighter note the Sun will enter Gemini this evening too, and Mercury/Venus will unite in this sign in the early hours of Saturday, about five hours before the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius. This is the third and final eclipse of the current series. Again, note that the main eclipse symbolism is about a shift of power, the falling and lifting of shadows, and the emergence of new pictures. Pay close attention to new information, especially the things you didn’t know at the beginning of the week but which turn out to be important in problem solving or decision making of all kinds.



13 May 2013 – This week’s Astrology

What’s happening this week? Next week starts with the third of seven squares between Uranus and Pluto, and then the third and final (until October) eclipse, so this week feels very quiet by comparison. However, there’s also a theme of uncertainty as we have Venus in Gemini squaring Neptune (exact tonight) and then Mercury entering Gemini on Wednesday night, first aspect a square to Neptune (exact on Saturday morning).

Even though Neptune is strong in his own sign of Pisces the squares can be tricky. The flipside to the Neptune coin is confusion, being misled or wrong footed, grief, anxiety or making mistakes through tiredness and lack of concentration. Neptune (Poseidon, god of the sea), is problems with water (eg plumbing) or seeking solace in over indulgence. Alcohol is the top of the list so if you’re drowning your sorrows you might end up making yourself feel worse! Ultimately Neptune is about redemption, whatever route you might take to get there.

That’s the broad theory. When writing theoretically it’s also easy to go for the worst case scenarios, so don’t be alarmed! I do like to quote real life stories and have permission from two friends for the following that captures the Venus – Neptune message. The first, who is not involved in the world of astrology/psychic things whatsoever, told me this morning that she’d received a message totally out of the blue from a man visiting other friends. They had never met before. He told her that she needed to forgive her husband, who died some years ago in a boating accident that was shrouded in mystery. He gave her more details that could leave her in no possible doubt that the message was authentic and that the burden she’d been carrying had been holding her back in life. The second friend made the painful decision to leave her partner, not because she didn’t love him or vice versa, but because he turned into a different person under the influence. These are painful experiences but they are also redemptive.

Finally there’s a lovely Venus – Uranus sextile (harmonious) on Saturday evening. This is fun, whacky, let your hair down picture, including love (Venus) events of the unexpected (Uranus) kind. Watch that space!

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