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Venus as leading lady, Saturn’s roadblocks and the Jupiter – Uranus tinderbox

The Astrology Blog 29 February 2016

You can scroll down past the blog for info updates on all courses here in Greece and the forthcoming London astrology and tarot workshops.

What’s happening this week?

All times in GMT
As usual start by noting that if you have natal planets or angles at or close to any of the signs and degrees featuring this week then unfolding events will be especially significant for you. Here are the usual links for checking the position of your own planets and angles:

You can also try this calculator, which lists all your planets and angles rather than bringing up the visual of the horoscope, so for non astrologers it’s easier to use.

Last week Mercury was the prime mover, linking into Saturn and Uranus. This week it’s Venus’ turn as she is also moving through Aquarius and repeats exactly the same pattern –

• Tuesday Venus 16 degrees Aquarius sextile Saturn 16 degrees Sag (01.08)
• Thursday Venus 18 degrees Aquarius sextile Uranus 18 degrees Aries (01.14)

Firstly a reminder that slow moving Saturn and Uranus themselves are both in fire signs but they don’t actually make an exact alliance until Christmas Day, when they both reach 20 degrees of their respective signs. However at the moment they are in trine (harmonious) to each other but a couple of degrees apart. If the above degrees are relevant for you then unfolding events may well be part of a much bigger picture that will be connected to longer term plans or which will culminate at the end of the year.

For now, and as noted last week, the sextile is a harmonious aspect that happens when planets are exactly two signs apart. Last week I commented on how fast Mercury is moving now (up to full speed of nearly 2 degrees a day) and the same applies to Venus who is also moving at her swiftest (just over 1 degree a day). What does that mean? As I’m always saying, remember the “as above, so below” mantra which reminds us that astrology is not causal – the planets don’t make us do things. Rather astrology enables us to look into that huge celestial mirror that reflects our lives back to us, showing us how to stay in synch.

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Relationship astrology courses in Greece & London, how to honour retrograde Venus, Saturn’s roadblocks and the Sun’s change of sign

Astrology Courses & Workshops

There are two big events still to come for this year, the first in Greece the week beginning 7 September and the second in London over the weekend of Halloween, 31 October/1 November

The Greek Island Summer School 2015
Synastry – The Astrology of Relationships is running the week beginning 7 September – just as Venus turns direct! Flights in Sunday 6 September, flights home Sunday 13 September. This course is designed to show you –
• How to assess the nature of relationships indicated in an individual horoscope
• How to compare two horoscopes to reveal areas of compatibility or incompatibility
• How to describe the type of relationship someone will experience
• How to use the timing measures of transits and progressions to map meetings, marriages and also times of stress or possible separation
• You’ll have the chance to work on your own horoscopes and others of your choice

There are 2 of 12 places remaining, and for the first time since the Summer School started 14 years ago there is a discount on offer, from £295.00 to £250.00.

The course fee includes 17 hours of tuition, all course materials, transport and a fabulous buffet lunch on the four study days. Let me know asap if you’d like to find out more and you can also go to the end of this newsletter for more info about the course. You can reply to this newsletter or start a new email

Astrology workshops London
Lust, Love, Loss and Longing
Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1 November
£85.00 per day, or £150.00 for both
Venue – The Astrological Lodge of London, 50 Gloucester Place W1U 8EA

If Greece is too far for you to come the good news is that I can now confirm an exciting weekend of relationship astrology in London, running the weekend of Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November. Suitable for all levels.
The two days are completely different but are designed to complement one another. This means that you can choose to do either day, or both. I’ll be joining forces with Ingrid Hoffman – astrologer and Imago Practitioner, founder of Trueheartwork, for this magical weekend
Ingrid will be leading the therapeutic Saturday workshop, designed to explore Venus and Mars through the signs, and to show you how to:
 Understand the wondrous duality of male and female, within yourself and in your relationships
 Revisit and connect with the powerful attractive energy of Venus in your psyche
 Step into the assertive Mars energy that is being sapped by stress or financial worry
 Bring attraction and assertion into balance so you can begin to manifest the love you desire
 Learn new ways of connecting and communicating with you partner or partner-to-be

I will be leading the Sunday workshop, in which I’ll be teaching how traditional horoscopy lies at the heart of assessing and understanding the synastry between two individuals:

 What kind of partner do you attract and why?
 How can astrology tell you when an attraction is mutual and beneficial, and whether or not you are compatible?
 What is a “cosmic marriage” and how do you know if you’re with a true soul mate?
 Why can you live easily with one person but not another? How to compare the all important Moon signs in terms of emotional natures and needs
 How to use astrology to answer all types of love questions, including how to handle conflict
 How to use the timing measures of transits and New/Full Moons to predict dates for meetings, marriages and significant milestones within a relationship

You’ll be working on your own horoscope on both days so please have your data to hand when booking – your date, place and time of birth. Your own chart will be drawn up by me in advance but you can also bring along one other horoscope of your choice, either a partner or a key person in your life, if you wish.

You can reply to this newsletter or start a new email if you have any questions or if you’d like to book your place.

The Astrology Blog – 17 August 2015
All times posted in BST
We’re halfway through the 6 weeks of Venus’ retrograde journey – here’s the sequence –
• Ingress (entered) Virgo on 18 July
• Turned retrograde a week later on 25 July, at 0 degrees and 46 minutes of Virgo
• Re-entered Leo 31 July
• So the retrograde journey is from 0 degrees of Virgo back to the middle of Leo
• Will turn direct at 14 degrees of Leo on 6 September

If any one of these degrees are relevant to your own horoscope then this time scale will be of especial significance, notably in connection to Venus’ main themes of love, money women and children. Here’s the usual link for checking the sign and position of your natal planets:

One of the retrograde Venus stories that grabbed my attention this week was about women’s health. The astrological “as above, so below” rings out loud and clear as Venus rules women and love – including self love and how we value ourselves – and the news story about literally thousands and thousands of women skipping their smear tests was alarming. I recently lost a very dear friend from cervical cancer but, in reality, she died of avoidance, which is one “take” on the meaning of retrograde, and also ignorance – ie she hadn’t understood the implications of her symptoms. She was only in her young forties.

The reasons for this avoidance are totally understandable – embarrassment, fear of pain and the “it won’t happen to me” syndrome – so if this applies to you or anyone close to you now’s the time to make that appointment. Exchange those few moments of discomfort for peace of mind and the gift of life! And if you can’t summon up the courage alone then go in a group…. this week’s astrology is perfect for gathering your female friends around you, the more the merrier!

There are only two major aspects being formed this week and Venus is the lead player –

Wednesday Venus 20 degrees Leo trine Uranus 20 degrees Aries (17.45)

Note that as Venus is retrograde she’s travelling back to repeat these aspects to the slow moving outer planets – the first Venus trine Uranus was the end of June and the third and final one will be 23 September. So if these degrees are relevant to your own horoscope look out for a longer sequence of events that fit the symbolism and time frame.

Obviously I relate the world and my own life to astrology all the time but that doesn’t mean I check the Ephemerides (astrological tables) every time I go out of the front door! However, sometimes “elective” astrology – which means choosing a date for an occasion – is useful and so I’ve organized a girl’s night with a small group of my closest friends. Retrogrades are good for getting “back” in touch, the astrology is perfect for a lively night out and because of it I changed the suggested evening from the Tuesday to the Wednesday – Venus (women) trine (harmonious) Uranus (groups) in fire signs (energetic, warming). The retrograde may however also show as not everyone being able to make it.

There is a line of thought in astrological practice also that says that if a current aspect reflects your own horoscope – ie if you have the same aspect natally – then it will be especially significant for you, and I have Venus trine Uranus in fire signs in my own horoscope. So it may be that daytime events on Wednesday will also bring news for me that is pleasure or group related – such as hearing from those who want to do the London workshops in the autumn, or those who’ve been waiting for flight prices to come down to fly over for Summer School next month will find the bargains!

At a universal level though, whether you have this aspect natally or not, anything connected to group events or your social life gets a big tick midweek, so say yes to invitations or send out your own, or join a group if there’s something you want to learn more about or if you need support. Also listen out for surprises, especially in connection to your love life or your girlfriends – Uranus often signals the unexpected or the things that raise everyone’s eyebrows. It’s also surprising how often aspects to the outer planets can bring news of the people of the Sun sign to which they relate – Uranus for the Aquarians in your life, Neptune for the Pisceans and Pluto for the Scorpios.

The Venus – Uranus is the applying (in the making) aspect throughout the first half of the week so you don’t have to wait until Wednesday to get sociable or proactive. Teamwork is hugely favoured, so pick other people’s brains shamelessly and let them pick yours. Uranus loves lists too so if you’ve got a lot to do then get systematic – seeing where to prioritize and where to delegate are two skills that could save you a lot of time and stress.
Talking of time and stress… the second aspect of the week is the perfect recipe for just that!

Saturday Sun square Saturn (00.41)

This signals that the second half of the week will be slower and, if you have a particular problem, this is when it will grow arms and legs – all the more reason to get list ticking in the first half of the week.

The Sun is the life giver, Saturn by tough aspect delays or denies. He is Lord of Time itself and he is also the enemy of the Lights (the Sun and the Moon) as he is weak in the signs that they rule – ie Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer, and these are Saturn’s sign of “detriment”. Unsurprisingly then, the Sun squaring up to Saturn can indicate a milestone in any situation related to health, or it will throw up roadblocks between you and a specific desire. All you can do is to bear in mind that a roadblock is there for a reason, maybe to protect you from an ill advised move or even danger. So avoid trying to force round pegs into square holes.

Also be prepared to admit defeat with regard to any plan that is simply not working out, no matter how hard you may tried to make it do so. The writing will be on the wall for anything that is A Bad Idea or for any relationship that smacks of “ne’er the twain shall meet”. Endings of some kind are likely to be a noticeable theme as this is Saturn’s penultimate aspect before he changes sign (which happens only once every two and a half years) in the middle of next month.

This is also the Sun’s last aspect before a change of sign, which is the last event of this week –

Sunday Sun ingress Virgo (11.38)

Here in the northern hemisphere the Sun’s exit from Leo (fire) and ingress into Virgo (earth) often signals the change of season from summer to autumn. Here in Greece, and in many other parts of Europe, we’ve had a very hot summer and we’ll be welcoming cooler climes – ie temperatures staying under 35 degrees, bring it on! The shift from Leo to Virgo is also great for adopting a new approach, notably from big/dramatic/lavish to realistic/workable/efficient.
To give you a flavor of the Virgo archetype here’s an excerpt from the Sun signs chapter 1 of my book Be Your Own Astrologer

Virgo is Mercury’s feminine sign which is expressed through brain power of a more subtle and exacting kind. Virgo’s primary task is to evaluate and analyze. Information, feelings and decisions are all fed through some kind of mental sieve, separating fact from fiction and isolating essential details. If they ask you a question, which they generally love to do, they’ll pick apart your answer to find out exactly and precisely what you mean.
This sign is not given to extravagance or lavishness. Virgo is economical with all resources and can be frugal to the point of extreme self denial. They can be fanatically tidy and fussy, with a place for everything and everything in its place. However, the goody two shoes image is frequently a cover for inner turmoil and a wonderfully whacky streak which most certainly does not tally with the somewhat dry and boring image often ascribed to this sign.

Finally I’m indebted to Venusian Kim Bennett of Serenity Retreat ( ) here on Lefkada for posting the following over the weekend on Facebook. For me it’s the perfect mantra for the gentle Virgo energy and for honoring Venus in retrograde motion. As she points out this is originally from AA, but you don’t have to be a recovering alcoholic to see the beauty and wisdom in this mantra. We’re all addicted to something – whether it’s substances of drink, caffeine, nicotine, or ways of living/operating – such as stress, worry, martyrdom, work, the computer, being “good”, the list is endless…. It’s the sort of thing to print out and stick on your fridge door as I imagine that trying to observe this even for just one day is quite a challenge, the first demand or distraction of each day would be enough to send it flying out of our heads, but it’s well worth coming back to as many times as possible.

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem all at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today I will be happy. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my luck as it comes, and fit myself to it.
I will strengthen my mind.
I will learn something useful.
I will not be a mental loafer.
I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
I will exercise my soul in three ways, I will do someone a good turn, and NOT get found out. If anybody knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do just for exercise. I will not show anyone my feelings are hurt, they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.
I will be agreeable, I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticise not one bit, not find fault with anything, and not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself.
I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests, hurry and indecision.
I will have a quiet half hour all by myself and relax. During this half hour sometime, I will try and get a better perspective of my life.
I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.


Wishing you many successful “todays”,
With love from Greece

10 February 2014 – This week’s Astrology

If you want to go straight to this week’s blog just scroll down past the course information and horoscope links.

2014 Venue for Astrology & Tarot Courses

The Greek Island Summer School

Here are the course dates to choose from for 2014:

Working with Tarot

Choose either:

w/c 5 May 2014 ( 7 of 8 places available) or
w/c 19 May 2014 (2 of 8 places available)

These courses are suitable for all levels. We revise the traditional divinatory meanings of the 78 Tarot cards and …

More details on the website here

Discovering Astrology – for beginners/refreshers

w/c 2 June 2014 (4 of 8 places available)
Lift astrology out of the Sun sign columns and discover horoscopy, the symbolism of the signs, planets and houses. Take your first steps in chart interpretation and making predictions…

Check out the website for more details…

Astrology & Tarot – how to combine both skills

w/c 8 September 2014 (2 of 8 places available)

This course is suitable for the student who has already ventured into studying both tarot and astrology, but you certainly don’t need to be an expert… Details on the website

Good Timing – Predictive Techniques in Astrology

w/c 22 September 2014 (4 of 8 places available)

This course is suitable for the student who has already completed a beginners’ course or who is familiar with the basic symbolism of the nuts and bolts of horoscopy – signs, planets and houses. The aim is to …

More details check out the website

If you have any queries or would like to reserve a place please contact me direct here


For an overview of the month and your February horoscope here’s the link to the column on Network She:

The Astrology Blog – w/b 10 February 2014

It’s a slow start in the heavens for the first half of the week so, if you haven’t got to do anything in a hurry then let yourself off the hook. The communication planet Mercury turned retrograde last Thursday evening and if he isn’t already tying you in knots then try to do as much advance thinking and planning as possible. If you can troubleshoot a small problem now you may stop it from turning into a big one but, even so, proceed with caution. This applies especially to saying things that will be hard to take back or to making commitments that you already suspect will be difficult to honour. Similarly, take other people’s promises or assurances with a pinch of salt for the time being.

The second delaying factor in play is the Sun squaring up to Saturn, exact tomorrow evening at 19.58 GMT. This is like trying to force a square peg into a round hole. It’s not going to happen without bending or breaking. Know your limitations and accept other people’s. Also watch your energy levels and your general well being. The Sun is the life giver and when in conflict with Saturn it can signal ill health, trying to push yourself too hard and exhausting your reserves. If you’re recovering from an illness or injury nobody is handing out any prizes for going back to work far too soon. Any issue that is stuck or resistant either needs a big rethink or it will simply need time, especially as Saturn Lord of Time is now moving very slowly, in readiness for turning retrograde at the beginning of next month.

However, just when you’re thinking that you might as well dive under the duvet for the rest of the week, there’s an upswing midweek as Mercury reverses back into Aquarius in the early hours of Thursday. He is much happier in this sign than he is in Pisces, which is his sign of detriment in which he is said to be mute. So Thursday is the day when you can pick up a conversation that was left hanging at the end of last month or when rethinks of any kind will start to bear fruit. Information you’ve been waiting on could suddenly slot into place or missing pieces of a puzzle will appear. It’s great when a plan starts to come together!

This theme gets stronger as we head towards the weekend as Mercury enters into a dance with the Sun and Mars:

Sun trine (harmonious) Mars – Saturday 02.07 GMT

Sun conjunct Mercury – Saturday 20.23 GMT

Mercury trine Mars – Sunday 08.20 GMT

The conjunction to the Sun is especially important as Mercury will then be “cazimi” – briefly drawing power from the heart of the Sun. Meetings, news, conversation or insights can all suddenly produce those light bulb moments so look out for these, they can make a big difference. Someone new coming into your life, or even back into your life, will also have a significant role to play.

Do note that Mars is starting to slow down too as he will also turn retrograde at the beginning of next month. In fact this is a rather trying time in terms of retrograde planets – Venus has only just gone direct, Mercury is now retrograde, and as soon as he turns direct again Mars and Saturn will then turn retrograde. This is very testing. No sooner have you dealt with one issue than another becomes complicated but the inherent lessons are to prioritise what matters to you. You can’t be everywhere, you can’t be all things to all people and you must do what makes you happy. This is not selfish, it is in fact the opposite. When you are healthy and enjoying life you have a positive effect on all of those around you as well as on yourself.

What better time to start putting this into real practice than with the Full Moon in Leo which is the highlight of the week, exact at 23.54 GMT on Friday night just a couple of hours before the Sun/Mercury/Mars alliance kicks off. So this is a glorious Full Moon – in the big bold fire sign of the Lion – and it’s going to be a wonderful Valentine’s night if you’re in love and planning something special with your other half. Leo is creative, expressive and loves to be lavish so why not pull out all the stops? Leo is also the performer of the zodiac and loves an audience, so make your loved one the centre of your attention and your universe, even if it’s only for one night!

If you’re looking for love it’s a definite yes to a Valentine’s occasion for singles. Leo loves courage and eye catching splendor, so don’t be a cowardly lion. Dress up to the nines, go to the ball Cinderella or out on the town with your mates. Friday is the night when love and passion will be on everyone’s mind so grab a piece of the action.

As well as all affairs of the heart the Full Moon in Leo is wonderful for recognition. In business it’s time to draw attention to your achievements and to showcase your work, especially if you’re self employed. As much as we need to know our areas of weakness and, as I said earlier, to recognize our limitations, it’s equally important to play to our strengths and to have the confidence to do so. In short, use the beginning of the week then to take the pressure off yourself/clear the decks and the second half of the week to rev up again/do what inspires you.

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