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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.”


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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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This week’s Astrology – 25 March 2013

The week ahead is one of the most complicated that we’ve had for a while. You may already have read other columns that are making a Big Thing of the Full Moon on Wednesday morning as it falls at 7 degrees of Libra and within a few hours of the Mars – Pluto square at 11 degrees of Aries – Capricorn. This is creates what is called a T Square as the Sun/Mars in Aries oppose the Moon Libra, and both in turn make a square to Pluto. One of my regular readers even tells me that another column has already referred to this as a Monster Moon, which sounds very alarming. I’m not into scaremongering but I am into trying to describe astrological phenomena as accurately as possible. There is no point in glamourising, but then I’m a truth freak Sag so I would say that.

So, the truth of the matter is that Mars and Pluto are traditionally known as the malefics – the bad guys. Mars is the god of war, Pluto the god of the underworld. They are locked in combat and it doesn’t get much more militant or “hellish” than that. Early week events may be of the “tipping point” kind, gloves off and let’s get it all out in the open. However, the Full Moon in peaceable Libra floodlights the arena and will try to remain impartial and ensure that it’s a fair fight. Have you ever noticed that Librans believe passionately in fairness? Also look out for a turning point in any situation that has already been difficult, possibly for months, that will involve radical rethinks and changes of plan. A new understanding may be a difficult birth but it has to struggle into the world, possibly kicking and screaming and rather red in the face.

Sneaking up behind Mars are the Sun, Venus and Uranus all in Aries, all linking with each other from late Thursday afternoon through to the early hours of Friday. Anyone’s guess because Uranus is so double sided. Venus of course is love, and this combination could be anything from being swept off your feet by a passionate new admirer, to your partner running off with your best friend. Uranus loves surprises and shockwaves. If, however, the steam is building up between your ears and you’re at the point of striking a blow for your own ego be aware that you may get more than you bargained for. If you want a visual think of the recent images of Mount Etna spewing out scarlet flames (Aries’ colour is red). The lava has to settle and cool down before turning into harmless ash. This is like The Tower in the tarot. The dramatic financial shakeup in Cyprus also, inevitably, comes to mind.

What else? Like we need more! Mercury in Pisces is the gentle voice of reason, aligning with Saturn midweek for the third and final time. This signals closure of anything that started end of February and dissolved into a muddle in the first half of March. Jolly Jupiter is also back in the picture, in harmonious aspect to Mars at the beginning of the week, and to Venus at the end of it. This has the ring of “there’s no change without conflict but we’ll get there in the end”.

Exhausted? We probably will be, in one way or another. On a serious note there is an accident prone element at work here so please go carefully and avoid unnecessary risks.

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14 January 2013 – This week’s Astrology

To me this feels like a week that falls into two definite halves. For the first half we have Venus travelling towards a conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn, exact in the early hours of Thursday. Taken alone Venus (love, pleasures, money) meeting Pluto (endings, absence, power, intensity) is not the most comfortable of pictures but, as ever, it’s too easy to tip over into alarmism.

Yes, for some it will be about putting an end to unmanageable or unhealthy setups, but it’s also a good time to look deeply at anything that is not working in your life. There is also a message here about how to put your resources of love and money to powerful use.

Add to the mix that Venus moves on to make a sextile (harmonious) to Saturn in Scorpio later the same day and a picture of greater stability starts to emerge. Note that Saturn and Pluto are currently in mutual reception (each other’s signs, Saturn now travelling through Pluto’s water sign of Scorpio, and Pluto travelling through Saturn’s earth sign of Capricorn).

This signals collaboration at work, moves that you can make to strengthen or heal a situation/relationship etc. The end of the week is great for final answers and practical agreements when the Sun and Mercury meet up in Capricorn early on Friday.

The Sun and Mercury then both change sign, moving on into Aquarius at the weekend. This opens a new chapter that is far less intense as Aquarius is an air sign (the element of the mind) associated with objectivity, realism – with a dash of genius thrown in for good measure. It’s also the sign of the collective so humanitarian issues move into the limelight, as does any concern that focuses on the “good of the whole” – in other words, what works best for most is the way forwards.

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24 December 2012 – This week’s Astrology

Well, we’re still here then!

Of course, the humourists have been at work with “it’s not the end of the world” jokes. This has made me think about two things – one, that humour is so important. This is not to disrespect anyone’s troubles but, in terms of the much loved phrase “a positive attitude”, the ability to put an amusing spin on life’s challenges can often make the difference between coping or not. Secondly, clients coming for consultations nearly always fear “bad news” yet bad news (difficult things)/good news (easy things) are the two sides of the same coin and such is the stuff of life.

This week’s astrology is no exception. It’s an easy start to the week, and I especially like the fact that the Moon sails through light hearted and playful Gemini throughout Christmas Day, with the Moon – Jupiter conjunction exact at 00.19 GMT on the 26th. If you have clear skies on Christmas night you’ll see Jupiter blazing away next to a nearly Full Moon. Make a wish! In fact, make two! Jupiter rules good fortune and in Gemini, sign of the Twins, it’s the perfect time for doubling up.

Mars also changes sign, about an hour later, moving into Aquarius. Note that this is not a water sign – only the sign of the Water Bearer. Aquarius is an air sign, element of the mind, and its strengths are questioning, analysis, logic and objectivity. In short, every dream needs an action plan and the “how to” is an increasingly important theme as we travel into the New Year.

This is underlined by the Full Moon in Cancer (exact at 10.22 GMT on Friday). All Full Moons illuminate or bring things full cycle and as this one lights up the Sun/Saturn/Pluto relationship you may have to work with the bad before you get to the good. in other words, something’s “gotta give” or be radically overhauled to pave the way to an improvement. Such challenges may feel like “bad news”, especially when facing up to something we fear, but the moments of very deep insight are also a gift.

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