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15 June 2015 – Your blog for the next two weeks




Thanks to everyone who’s signed up to do the astrology workshops this coming weekend in London. Everyone coming along has either attended previous workshops, has been out to courses in Greece or has a long Facebook relationship with me so I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone face to face. There are still some places available so if you want to join either group I can guarantee that you’ll have great company!

Both workshops focus on your own horoscope. Level 2 is Planets and Prediction is for those who’ve done Level 1 or any other kind of beginners work.
If you want to contact me to book a place or to ask questions then you can use the sign up box on the right hand side of this page, email me or, from Wednesday afternoon, you can reach me on my new UK number:

07835 361 151

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It’s always obvious to me when Mercury turns direct (last Thursday at 4 degrees of Gemini) and this time was no exception. From the couple of days before the exact moment everything suddenly feels so much easier to deal with and red lights start turning to green. On my checklist below you’ll find “important information comes to light” – but note that this also includes things that need to be corrected and rescued quickly. It’s interesting how the main stories always seem to come from those of the sign/opposite sign in which Mercury turns. A friend’s Gemini husband had been booked to run workshops abroad, and had booked the air tickets at his own expense, only to be told at the last minute that there were no takers – owing to a marketing mess up, not as a lack of interest in his skills and material. Other travel plans were connected to this and everything had to be rescheduled. A Sagittarian friend found that a usually lucrative source of business on line that had gone deathly quiet was down to the fact that her business wasn’t listed at all – even though she had paid for it and seen the original posting.
On a more cheerful note thanks to Hilary and Emma who did the astrology course together here in Greece last week – great students, and a whole lot of fun, and we had so many interesting conversations.
My flight out is booked – I waited for Mercury to turn direct and right on cue the price went down. I also chose that time to launch a new Facebook page for UK events, it’s already had over 100 likes, and here’s the link –
My thanks in advance if you can add your “Like” to the page if you’re interested in these kinds of workshops – the more the word spreads, the more events I can plan!

So, Mercury is now starting to pick up speed again and here are the general themes to look out for, some of which you may already have noticed:

• Breaking news, expected or unexpected, that affects us or someone close to us
• Light bulb flashes of insight
• We stop talking/thinking about something and realize that we need to make decisions
• People get back to us or make decisions
• We feel more courageous or determined to make something happen
• We stop pretending
• We stop avoiding

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16 June 2014 – Love luck, rethinks, News from the heart of the Sun and the Summer Solstice

The Astrology Blog – w/b 16 June 2014

All times stated are in BST.

I think it’s safe to say that regular readers or regular followers of astrology will know that Mercury is currently retrograde. Planets don’t literally go backwards of course but the astronomy of this phenomenon is all to do with the apparent direction of a planet as seen through the line of vision from Earth. As noted last week the textbook definition of this event – that happens roughly three times a year for three weeks at a time – is “problems with transport and communication”. My inbox abounds with stories, such as having broadband installed at home only to find that it doesn’t work and that the cost for “fixing” it falls to the client… being charged for calls never made… a medical diagnosis connected to the mouth that turns out to be a rare condition for which there is no real treatment… cars being off the road, and so on. Here we’ve been waiting all week for a delivery from a truck coming from the UK only to learn last night that it broke down in Belgium.

All of these stories illustrate that retrograde Mercury issues are often those that are not of our own making. The usual caution applies until he turns direct again, such as buying yourself time for major decisions or being vigilant about your security and possessions, but there’s a limit to how much we can actually predict or anticipate his havoc loving antics. Nearly always there is a waiting game involved or a sense of “back to the drawing board”. This theme is especially strong this week as Mercury turned retrograde on 7 June in the early degrees of Cancer, but tomorrow reverses back into Gemini (11.06). This is a plus point because this is one of Mercury’s own signs and it feels promising for coming up with answers or reworked agreements. Be willing to thrash out details. Gemini is the sign of the Twins so “double” checking, plan B or looking at other options, or entering into partnership personally or in business are all part of the picture.

Also roughly halfway through every retrograde period Mercury meets up with the Sun. So this week we have Sun conjunct Mercury on Thursday (23.51). From a craft point of view we are now in the realm of combust and cazimi planets. What does that mean?
If another planet is conjunct the Sun to within seven and a half degrees then that other planet is said to be combust. This means that it is weakened by its closeness to the Sun, whose powerful rays can burn and overwhelm. However, if a planet conjuncts the Sun to within 17 minutes (ie, just over quarter of a degree) it is then said to be cazimi. In this position the other planet is said to be in the heart of the Sun and is extremely powerful, drawing upon the solar strength and energy rather than being destroyed by it.
In real terms, then, pay close attention to information or events unfolding midweek as there is a good chance that you will find yourself at “the heart of the matter” and will then know how to proceed. Matters that need further work or time will probably not reach true resolution until Mercury starts turning around again at the end of the month but you should get the sense of being on the right track.
There is also a feel good factor this week in the shape of Venus sextile (harmonious aspect) Jupiter on Wednesday at 10.17. These two planets are known as the Benefics – they are good for us – and they rule the sweet and positive things of life. In a nutshell Venus is love/pleasure and Jupiter is opportunity/good fortune. They are especially strong at the moment as Venus is in her own sign of Taurus and Jupiter is in Cancer, his sign of exaltation. In the run up to this aspect becoming exact say yes to invites, make holiday plans, be generous, enjoy your girlfriends and family, and generally make the most of any opportunity to enjoy the sweet things of life. Single? Anyone you meet this week could be a gift.
Finally we mark the Summer Solstice this coming weekend as the Sun enters Cancer on Saturday at 11.52. The Solstice, also called ‘Litha’, is the moment when the Sun appears to stand still as we mark the transition from the days getting longer, back to the days getting shorter. In astrology the Sun symbolizes the life force, consciousness and vitality, so what better time than the longest day of the year to value and honour your health, happiness and the gift of life itself.


17 June 2013 – This week’s Astrology

So, what is happening this week?

The first thing to say is that this is a week to make the most of, and for two reasons. The first is that the dreaded retrograde Mercury will be upon us again as of next Wednesday so it pays to get super organized now and to get ahead wherever possible. As regular readers will know retro Mercury just loves to throw spanners in the works and nearly always in the shape of something you can’t plan for.  

The second and more cheerful reason for making the most of this week is that we have the annual Sun – Jupiter conjunction (exact Wednesday 17.12 BST), this one falling at 28 degrees Gemini. Textbook astrology would describe this as the ultimate golden opportunity – or two – and a portent of big change decidedly for the better. Whatever comes in a Jupiter wrapping – that is, Jupiter’s dominion of education, progress, liberation, truth, legal concerns or anything joyous – warrants immediate attention. This message is even more important as Jupiter changes sign next week (again, an annual event, as Jupiter spends a year travelling through each sign) so this conjunction also has the feel of an opportunity that is of the “last chance” kind.

This week of course is also the all important Summer Solstice as the Sun enters Cancer 06.05 BST on Friday. “Solstice” translates into the moment when the Sun appears to stand still as we mark the transition from the days getting longer, back to the days getting shorter. This year’s Solstice is flanked by the Mercury – Venus conjunction at 22 degrees Cancer a couple of hours earlier, and the Full Moon in Capricorn three hours later. So if you have planets at around 22 or in the early degrees of Cancer/Capricorn this picture will be especially significant for you. In general, however, look out for important or reaffirming conversations, sweet talk of the nicest kind, or a career milestone.



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