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This week’s Astrology – 28 April 2014

The Astrology Blog – w/b 28 April 2014


As above, so below, the astrological picture has been totally nuts for the last couple of weeks so for many people life has been at full stretch and many situations have reached that “elastic band” moment that I talked about on the 14 April blog in relation to the Grand Cross. To quote:

The bigger picture message is that whatever is at full stretch will now snap. It’s like an elastic band – you can’t stretch it forever. At some point it will ping back in your face. Tension cannot build and build without something eventually happening.

I’ve heard so many difficult stories that amply bear this out but in many cases the actual results are positive. There’s a definite theme of people clicking into action mode, to stop tolerating something that is in fact intolerable, to admit where help is needed and to set new wheels in motion. It’s a reminder of the old saying that you may not be able to change what happens but you can change your response. Even recognizing what you don’t want is a good starting point.

The final event of this rollercoaster is now unfolding as tomorrow morning brings the Solar Eclipse in Taurus.

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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.

6 May 2013 – This week’s Astrology

What’s happening this week?            

It’s Easter Monday here in Greece and Bank Holiday Monday in the UK. The Moon is in Aries until Wednesday morning, perfect for “me time”, so enjoy what you’re up to and enjoy the ones you’re with.

Time out to think about any important matter more deeply gets a huge tick. Mercury, planet of the mind, underlines this message with a series of aspects starting tomorrow morning with the trine (harmonious) to transformative Pluto and then the more rare conjunction to Mars in the early hours of Wednesday. Take care around any matter that falls into the “brutal honesty” category. This aspect is known for verbal punch ups, especially this one as it falls in Taurus, a sign in which Mars is in detriment. Be assertive, not aggressive. Money making and business ideas also benefit from discussion and a “how to” approach.

Pay close attention to what materializes and comes to light over the weekend as there’s a Mercury – Sun conjunction on Saturday night, the first major aspect to occur after Friday’s Solar Eclipse in Taurus on Friday (01.30 BST). As I said a couple of weeks ago when we had the Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio these phenomena tend to play a role in revealing new pictures. A shadow is thrown but lifts again. Triangular setups also feature as eclipses are about the intricate relationship between the three bodies of the Sun, Moon and Earth. Someone may be overshadowed while another emerges in a new light.

This shift of power often shows in the world of monarchy. On 30 April Willem-Alexander was sworn in as the new King of Holland after the abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix. The Lunar Eclipse fell exactly opposite his Taurus Sun as she handed over the mantle to him and his wife, who incidentally is also a Taurus.  

Further back in history an Eclipse featured in the most famous abdication in the world.

  • Edward VIII officially abdicated on 10 December 1936
  • A Solar Eclipse fell at 21.49 Sagittarius just three days later, on 13 December 1936.
  • His brother George VI was born on the 14th December, with his natal Sun at 21.55 Sagittarius, almost exactly conjunct the eclipse degree.

Not only was George VI’s Sun conjunct the eclipse degree, his Sun in his natal chart is conjunct the third house cusp – the house of siblings. His brother is eclipsed, and in fact spent the rest of his life in the shadows of exile, and George is crowned in Edward’s place.

So, back to now, this week’s Solar Eclipse falls at 19 degrees of Taurus. If you have planets conjunct or opposite this degree (give or take 5 degrees each way, but the tighter the aspect the more powerful the relevant event) you will no doubt be living through some life changing experience. If you don’t know if you have planets on or around this degree you can contact me free of charge. Just send your data of date, place and time of birth.

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22 April 2013 – This week’s Astrology

What’s happening this week? Well it’s certainly a mixed bag. Venus, planet of love and life’s pleasures, is strong in her own sign of Taurus but is only just separating from an opposition (tough aspect) to Saturn. In effect this acts as a cancellation of Venus goodies – suddenly love is hard work or non-existent, life is a battleground not a funfair, a health issue returns or is slow to mend or work takes over – you get the picture. Venus’ next aspect will be a trine (harmonious) to Pluto on Wednesday (exact 16.42 BST). This may be a good aspect but it’s still a tough planet and is not for the fainthearted. The textbooks love the word “transformation”, a word I rather shy away from as for me it conjurs up magic wands and “Cinderella rags to ball gown in a nano second” images, so I prefer to use the word “transformative”. Pluto likes processes.

The Sun is also in Taurus and is writing a similar story, with a sextile (harmonious) to Neptune in his own sign of Pisces late on Wednesday, but making the opposition to Saturn on Sunday morning. Wherever you find yourself up against obstacles or involved in a slow moving situation it pays to be patient. Saturn is Lord of Time and nothing can be forced or rushed.

In the middle of all of this we have the Full Moon in Scorpio on Thursday evening which is also a partial Lunar Eclipse. This eclipse is short, lasting only 27 minutes (20.54 to 21.21 BST) and is visible throughout Europe. We won’t see the amazing phenomenon of the Moon turning red as it does in a total eclipse, but the northern half of the Moon will be darkened by the Earth’s shadow.

That’s the astronomy, but what does it mean astrologically? Again, it’s a mixed story. Some astrologers refer to eclipses as power points, others as omens of disempowerment. Either way, they tend to play a role in revealing new pictures. A shadow is thrown but lifts again. Triangular setups also feature as eclipses are about the intricate relationship between the three bodies of the Sun, Moon and Earth. Someone may be overshadowed while another emerges in a new light.

Finishing on an optimistic note the easiest aspect of the week is the Mercury – Jupiter sextile early on Wednesday morning, textbook for good news, effective decisions and any plans related to Jupiter ruled matters – travel, education, publishing and all things legal being the main ones. Traditional astrology would give extra weight to this aspect as Jupiter is still travelling through Mercury’s sign of Gemini. This is the sign of the Twins so look out for themes of doubles – or multiples!

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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.

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