Sturgeon Full Moon: Swimming in Potential

August’s Sturgeon Moon will have us diving into the deep waters of the sub-conscious, or at least becoming more aware of its role and influence in our lives – as well as the massive potential this inner reservoir of psychic and emotional energy has to help us create the life we desire, if harnessed correctly.

The Sabian symbol for this Full Moon urges us to combine our instinctive and spiritual natures so that we can create healthier habits and more fulfilling relationships for ourselves in the future.

Part of this process may involve shedding some emotional baggage so that we don’t keep unconciously self-sabotaging. With Mercury also trine Chiron, this is the perfect time to heal any painful memories or past traumas that may have begun to surface into our conscious awareness during Mercury’s recent retrograde spell, which also happened to include a powerful lunar eclipse.

Many of the themes begun at the Leo New Moon, which set off the dance between the Sun, Moon Venus and Uranus, will also reach a peak, so look back to the themes raised at the beginning of August for clues as to what may transpire now.

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July Lunar Eclipse: Cutting the Ties that Bind

July’s lunar eclipse in Capricorn is likely to be an intense affair. With the Moon and Pluto joining forces close to the south node, it’s time to purge yourself of old fears, limiting behaviours and past traumas – anything that has been holding you back and preventing you from living your best life.

With Mercury retrograde, it’s also possible that revelations or events that occur around the Capricorn Lunar Eclipse could finally bring something hidden or hushed-up to light. These could have links to events that occurred back in 2001 or 2006 – the last time we had eclipses from this particular Saros family.

Rather than shy away from what you discover, bring it into the light for clearing and releasing. That way, it can’t continue to control you from the shadows or leave you open to abuse/emotional blackmail. In many ways, this eclipse is about ridding ourselves of huge emotional burdens – stuff you may have been carrying around since childhood. Anything that has you stuck in the past or which is holding you back has to go. So be brave, light the match and burn it down.

On the plus side, the potential to make dramatic evolutionary leaps and psychological breakthroughs is enormous. This is healing and karmic releasing on steriods. The key is bravery, honesty and the determination to overcome inner resistance to growth or healing.

Being a grown-up and not allowing yourself to be a victim is also important. The less self-indulgent we are at this time, the faster our recovery is likely to be – and ironically, the more support we can expect to receive from loved ones. Indeed, the irony of the current astrology is that the more we put in emotional boundaries and become less reliant on others, the greater our joy, happiness and sense of connection with loved ones is likely to become.

The upshot: It’s time to let of outdated patterns and self-defeating behaviour and come fully into your personal power! 

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Get Ready for Chiron in Aries

Girl watching the stars. Stars are digital illustration.

After dipping its toes briefly into Aries for several months last April, Chiron finally ingress into Aries full time today, where it will remain for the next 7-9 years. At first this cosmic shift may be imperceptible due to all the Piscean/Neptunian energy around at the moment, thanks to the influx of Mercury and the Sun into Pisces and transits between Neptune and personal planets, Venus and Mercury.

Shift in Emphasis for Healers & Therapists

However, once we get to the Spring Equinox, we will begin to notice a change in the wellness/health/wellbeing landscape. We’re entering fresh territory with regards to healing and energy medicine. Expect to see the advent of pioneering techniques involving heat, fire or light, or which focus on the muscular systems of the bodybetween now and 2017. Exercise as a form of therapeutic medicine, both psychologically and physically, is also likely to grab the headlines as people eschew addictive painkillers and mood enhancing drugs and embrace endorphin-boosting walks and rediscover the powers of physiotherapy as ways to overcome sports injuries and beat depression. We may also see a rise in therapies designed to overcome PTSD and other sports or war-related injuries.

Male Identity Crisis Looming?

The alpha male has also had a bad rap in the last two to three decades, which has led to an identity crisis for many men, particularly around the  quandary of how to display strength withotu appearing aggressive or overtly macho or pandering to patriarchy.   Over the next 9 years, I wouldn’t be surprised if cultural commentators and social trendsetters turn their attention to this issue. As a result, we may see a merging or morphing of the metrosexual/beta male archetype (prevalent during Chiron’s tour of Pisces) in a way that incorporates elements of a more rugged masculinity such as the beard of the hipster or the rippling physiques of the fitness freak or extreme adventurer.

A revolution around sex, sexuality and the portrayal of the male body may also occur along the lines of what we recenly witnessed in the fashion industry around female body image/plus size/weight/gender identity etc. Less conformism and more individualism is bound to be one outcome, given the influence of Aries.

Get Ready for your Chiron Return

Those born between early 1969 and March 1977 should prepare for their Chiron returns over the next few years. This usually coincides with a healing crisis of some kind that provide you with an opportunity to lay to rest old ghosts and overcome childhood wounds you may have sustained at around the age of 12 or so. Much depends on where Chiron lies in your natal chart as to how this is likely to manifest, but is certainly worth bearing in mind between now and 2027 or so.

Fire signs should expect their sensitivity and empathy levels to rise over the next few years – no bad thing for an element that can neglect the emotional needs of themselves and others in the rush and excitement of responding to external stimuli.

INGRESS DATES FOR CHIRON IN ARIES

18 Apr 2018: Chiron briefly enters Aries
26 Sep 2018: Chiron retrogrades back into Pisces
18 Feb 2019: Chiron enters Aries
19 Jun 2026: Chiron briefly enters Taurus
18 Sep 2026: Chiron retrogrades back into Aries
14 Apr 2027: Chiron leaves Aries for the last time

Swallow your Pride: New Moon in Leo

New chapters in the love, money, health and creativity departments are all possible this month, care of a New Moon in Leo, which takes place very close to Venus on Thursday at 04:11am BST.

However, revolutionary Uranus will also add an unpredictable air to proceedings. As it takes turns to contact all the personal planets in Leo throughout August, don’t be surprised if situations crop up that confound you to the point where you are forced to swallow your pride and make some radical personal paradigm shifts. Change is very much the name of the game this month. Fortunately, with Uranus now in Taurus, this should prove to be a much more gradual, gentle affair than Uranus in Aries was.

Part of this process may involve a willingness to revision the past (including old wounds/subconscious patterns) or see things from a different pespective. This is thanks to Mercury, which stations at the New Moon before retracing its steps back through caring Cancer into noble Leo. Further developments or revelations around past situations that still hold an emotional charge for you/your family are possible during this transition period.

As a result of all this cosmic turbulance, it may be some time before the dust settles and you can see what to think/do for the best or who you can rely on. The good news is that the more we open ourselves up to new people, places, paradigms and possibilities during this four week period, the more confident, joyful and radiant we will become. So don’t be afraid of your cracks – they let the light in!

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Make or break: Sun square Uranus

As we get closer to the Leo New Moon this week we begin a month-long cosmic dance that will last well into August – one that will also take in Venus – both now and again at the Full Moon mid-month.

The theme tune driving this particular episode is a growing awareness that if you want your life, health, finances and relationships to improve, then you are going to have to make some fundamental personal changes. No more excuses, deflections or projections: The buck stops with you.

Look to the natal and transiting placements of the Sun and Uranus for clues as to which life areas these may involve. Chances are though, that you already know because tension levels may have been building in this particular arena for some time – and, if you are honest, are fast reaching explosion point.

If however, you have been in denial, then events at Tuesday’s Sun-Uranus square could come as something of a shock. Whether it is an unexpected blow to the ego or an unforeseen disruption to plans, the message is the same: it’s make or break time – something has to give, because things simply cannot continue as they are.

Rather than resist, which will only lead to more stress, see this as your lightbulb moment – a sign that it’s time for a paradigm shift. Accepting that to maintain the status quo would be more painful than it would to be to switch tack is the first step. However, you also need to acknowledge that this is not going to be an overnight process. Judging by the planets, it is one that will take most of the month to work through….

That being said, once we admit the truth, we will enjoy two instant benefits:

a) An immediate release of tension as you let go of resistance and step into a place of greater authenticity and truth;

and b) As you commit to making changes, you may notice that it has a positive knock-on effect on everything else in your life, including your relationship to others, and to the flow of abundance.

Albert Einstein is alleged to have said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Right now, the cosmos is telling us in no uncertain times that it’s time to give up our old ways and try something new. Save yourself a lot of hassle and stress – and listen.

Will Boris Get the Top Job?

He’s not even in office yet and already the rebellion against his possible premiership has started. With voting now closed and an announcement imminent, it won’t be long before we find out whether Boris Johnson will finally realize his dream of becoming Prime Minister – or be pipped at the post by Jeremy Hunt.

If he is named as the new Tory leader, what does this mean for Brexit? And more, importantly, with several ministers having resigned/threatening to resign if he does take over from Theresa May, will he manage to hang onto the job he so covets?

I thought it time to have a quick look at the stars…

Read my latest Astro-Insights blog post to find out my predictions.

One thing is for certain, the timing is very interesting – not only will the results of the vote be announced on the same day as the Sun ingresses into Leo, the sign of the king/charismatic leader – but it also occurs just days before an ebullient Mars-Jupiter trine in fire signs.

However, it is also comes just after a very intense and revealing Venus-Pluto opposition (Tory sex scandals anyone?), under which several ministers have either resigned, or have threatened to resign, if Boris does become PM or tries to prorogue Parliament. So the bigger question may not be whether he gets the job, but whether he can hang onto it…

Let’s not forget that Mercury is retrograde, which means people could decide to change their minds in a few weeks…

Smiles, Masks & Hidden Tears

July’s Solar Eclipse in Cancer not only brings back lessons and experiences from 2014 to process and integrate; it may also force many of us to come face to face with the masks that we, and others wear in close personal relationships.

How we protect ourselves emotionally can create short-term feelings of security and help us manage our fears of being hurt, but often at the expense of emotional congruency and/or real closeness – something we may be forced to confront during this new upcoming soli-lunar cycle.

The flip side of ridicule, laughter and playing the fool, especially if a joke/piece of entertainment is taken too far, could also become an issue between now and the end of the year.

The key to mastering this particular eclipse cycle is to find positive and healthy ways to express your feelings, needs and opinions without hurting others or permanently damaging the dynamics between you and your tribe.

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Cosmic Curveballs: Venus T-square

Between now and Tuesday, the Venus, will take her turn to make a T-square to Neptune and Jupiter. This could lead to inner turmoil as you are forced to come face to face with romantic illusions, spiritual delusions and creative confusion.

The lesser benefic’s clash with Jupiter in earnest Sagittarius from flippant Gemini calls for balance and harmony between opposites. Right now, its important to find the middle ground between excesses of air (intellect/communication) and fire (zeal, enthusiasm, action).

Being too cavalier with words (or having superficial acquaintance with the facts) could lead to a lack of judgement and poor decision-making, on one hand. On the other, coming on too strong/going at something with all guns blazing without first stopping to check whether you’ve made any assumptions might not be wise either.

Gemini and Sagittarius are bi-corporeal signs, which suggests that solutions are likely to come in pairs or involve a two-fold approach. So if you find yourself clashing with others, it’s possible that you may BOTH need to review your current positions and find a compromise. Think BOTH/AND or, indeed, NEITHER now, rather than EITHER/OR. As Oscar Wilde once said, the ‘The truth is rarely pure and never simple.’

Values and ethics, as well as boundaries are also likely to play a key role in situations that constellate now. Truth, honesty and a willingness to strip away self-deception or unrealistic expectations all provide good starting points for resolving potential relationship clashes or ethical dilemmas.

With Neptune retrograde, it may also be a good time to review past situations and internalized beliefs to see if helps you to narrow down options or identify the true source of current problems. Look back to 21 January for clues to potential themes, parallels or answers.

June Full Moon: Learning Important Personal Lessons

On ‘Moonday’ the 17th,  a Sagittarius Full Moon coincides with the culmination or climax of what may have been quite a volatile but eventful emotional chapter.

It’s possible that you, or close loved ones, may have been forced to defend your/their views, convictions or beliefs in a way that may have felt very unsafe or uncomfortable.

Although challenging, this two-week period has taught us some very meaningful lessons about ourselves, particularly about the wisdom of the heart and like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, that the path to true personal growth involves three things: a brain like the Scarecrow, a heart like the Tin Man, and the courage of the Lion (who didn’t think he was very brave at all)….

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Jupiter square Neptune: Managing Beliefs & Expectations

This weekend we’re likely to see a repeat of the challenges and struggles many of us faced back on January 13th when Jupiter squares Neptune for a second time.

Adding to the cosmic turbulence will be Mercury and Mars, who will be see-sawing between trines to Neptune one minute, and oppositions to no-nonsense Saturn the next.

The upshot: it may be important to try and manage unrealistic expectations, unhelpful or overly judgemental attitudes and self-defeating beliefs.

Minimising/Diminishing will Paradoxically Bring about Increase

In general, expect to feel quite conflicted when it comes to ethical/spiritual dilemmas. The I Ching advises people to minimise excess (both in themselves and others) in order to realise benefits. This could mean having to make a sacrifice or give something up. If it’s your pride, a tendency to be too selfish or self-indulgent or a vehement belief or attitude that no longer serves you, then all well and good – choosing to open your mind, eat humble pie or ‘man up’ could lead to some surprisingly positive outcomes. Saturn is ultimately about reducing what doesn’t work and doing what is required to fix structures or situations that currently aren’t working properly.

However, it’s also possible that you may need to adjust your expectations when it comes to other people or situations, especially if they tend to be big on promises but short on delivery. Jupiter and Neptune are both super idealistic, and placed in their own signs, the tendency to see the world (and other people) through rose-tinted specs tends to get magnified. Add to that a mutable square and we’re looking at situations where placing too much faith or trust in empty claims or promises could lead to disillusionment, regret or loss.

While a large part of us may want to overlook certain negatives and take a leap of faith in the hope that everything will ultimately work out (which is certainly a possibility, given the trines to Neptune on Fri/Sat from Mercury and Mars), Saturn will be demanding we get real about what this may entail on a practical level. Saturn is the Hard Taskmaster, and like a stern father figure, he will be insisting on nothing less than honesty, maturity, self-discipline, commitment and a willingness to put in the time and effort required in order to overcome any potential pitfalls created by personal weakness, confusion or wishful thinking.

It’s fair to say that people could mean well, but if they don’t heed Saturn’s caveats, then this is not likely to amount to very much. Instead, what we’ll probably witness is flakiness, moral ambiguity, immaturity, a lack of respect for people’s boundaries, pushiness, manipulative behaviour and/or overly self-righteous or judgmental views. As the saying goes, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.’

One very quick way to avoid disappointment is simply to lower your expectations about people – or to be very clear about what your expectations are – and then being willing to walk away if people unfairly try to force you to compromise.

An alternative is simply to hold off on any important investments of your time, money or energy until you’ve done your due diligence and know that you’re betting on a sure thing. Trust is likely to be a big issue, and whenever Neptune is negatively aspected, it’s difficult to know who/what exactly you can rely on, including your own judgement.

If you are confused, simply allow yourself to sit with the situation/dilemma without judging it or feeling compelled to react and then wait until things become clear – something that’s not likely to happen until June 18 when Neptune sextiles Saturn.

Martyrs, Victims and the Power of Forgiveness

This transit is also associated with martyrs and victims, so expect this theme to constellate now. Someone recently gave me some good advice on the topic of forgiveness, which I think has relevance right now – and that is that as long as you remain angry with somebody, you continue to give away your power and turn yourself into a victim.

Rather than wait for an apology that may never be forthcoming, you can choose to let go of the hurt and pain, mine the experience for important lessons – thereby turning lead into gold – and then move on with your life. In this way, the situation becomes a source of wisdom and strength, and not a gaping wound that just gets compounded over time by other hurts. Here’s the link for anyone who is interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBjm7AGBdsQ

Good luck during this tricky and confusing time! I hope you manage to conquer a few demons…!

June’s New Moon: Learning to Cope in the Spotlight

June New Moon in Gemini serves as a catalyst, launching us into a much more public time when we may become more socially active or be unwittingly thrust into the spotlight, perhaps due to a particular skill, talent or set of circumstances.

The Sabian symbol for this particular Gemini Moon suggests that we are moving into a period that is all about finding or sharing our innate talents and gifts with a wider audience, finding our niche within group settings and generally learning to handle the added responsibilities and personal trials that come with playing a larger role within the collective.

Tests of merit, grit or resilience, especially in terms of how we are seen, viewed or judged by others, may come as part of the territory, thanks to a Venus-Pluto trine. However, if you can stand in your truth and remain true to your core values, then you should come out smiling …

Pluto is also about self-empowerment, so remember this: if others try to control or manipulate you; deliberately hurt, embarrass, shame or alienate you publicly; or are unable to support or celebrate your growth and success, then they don’t truly have your best interests at heart, no matter what they might claim.

And don’t be surprised if you find yourself having to shed some unhealthy emotional habits or toxic attachments along the road towards greater self-mastery and belonging within the greater scheme of things.

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