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’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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Navigating the Brexit Maze

Brexit Hi-jinks

The Brexit Story has had more twists and turns than House of Cards or Game of Thrones. As an astrologer and current affairs junkie, this has had me gripped! In such circumstances, there’s nothing for it but to make like an ancient Mesopotamian and look to the stars for answers.
Will Brexit happen? Could it really split apart the Union that makes up the United Kingdom? Will British voters get a second people’s vote?

Find out more in my latest Brexit post on the Astro-Insights blog.

New Moon in Pisces

March’s New Moon in Pisces is a wonderfully liminal – and magical – affair. Occurring on the same day as Uranus switches signs and Mercury changes direction, this particular start to the March lunar cycle has a mysterious and mutable Neptunian quality to it that calls on us to retreat a little from the material world, have a little faith in the inherent goodness of the cosmos and surrender to what occurs between now and the Equinox Full Moon.

Mercury will be retrograde for the entire waxing moon phase, covering the path ahead in mists and confusion, which could lead to the odd freak out or moment of insecurity. However, the core message of this New Moon seems to be that appearances are deceptive: even if nothing seems to be happening on the surface of things, or we don’t have all the facts at our disposal, we need to trust that everything is at it should be and just let go.

Why? An stabilising and subtly effective configuration of planets in earth and water signs at the New Moon suggest that synchronicity and serendipity will be hard at work behind the scenes over the next two weeks to bring events to an unexpectedly positive conclusion aroudn the time fo the Spring Equinox on March 21st.

So if we can bring ourselves to resist the promptings of our inner control freak and go with the flow during the upcoming disarray and uncertainty of Mercury retrograde (6-29 March), then things will probably work out far better than we could have planned – or hoped for.

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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…!

May’s Full Moon: Heightened Emotions & Unexpected Twists

Homecomings, finding where you belong or reclaiming something you feel you lost (a piece of yourself or your heart?)  are key themes of the Sabian symbol highlighted by this weekend’s Scorpio Full Moon.

Certainly, the potential for healing and closure, especially in relation to past situations, is there, provided you’re able to be honest without feeling the need to overreact or be overly defensive.

A Mercury-Pluto trine in the hours before the Full Moon could bring hidden truths out from the shadows, allowing the truth to emerge – great for resolving misunderstandings and short-circuiting attempts by others to exert control via subtle manipulation or covert sabotage.

However, the energy around this particular lunar phase is quite intense and unpredictable, care of a Venus-Uranus conjunction due to take place on the same day. Unexpected curveballs could throw you off guard, making it tricky to stay centred and not be emotionally thrown.

Still, surprise endings and unexpected twists aren’t always a bad thing, especially where the planet of love, beauty and pleasure is concerned!…

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Beltane 2019 New Moon

Learning grace under pressure is the Sabian theme of this month’s New Moon in Taurus.

The energy around May’s New Moon is a potent mix of water and earth energy, thanks to a sextile between Neptune in Pisces and the luminaries in Taurus.

See this as the perfect opportunity for manifesting  – turning thoughts and dreams (Neptune) into things (Moon in Taurus), make some diet and/or lifestyle adjustments or give shape to a sublime new work of art.

It’s time to invite a little sunshine back into our lives, stop and smell the flowers and dare to dream of better days ahead!…

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Twinning & the Easter Full Moon

Just before the April Easter weekend, we can look forward to the SECOND Full Moon in Libra in a row.

Not only does this put the spotlight firmly back on resolving relationship issues left over from February-March, but it also brings our attention to another theme: twinning or mirroring – something we even find reflected in the date for this soli-lunar event – 19.4.2019.

In my April Full Moon forecast, I look at this rather intriguing concept in more depth, particularly in relation to the Sabian symbol for 30 Libra.

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Easter 2019 New Moon

A CHANCE TO START FRESH IN PERSONAL MATTERS.

April’s Easter New Moon brings with it a double dose of spring-like energy. Not only is the first New Moon to occur since the Equinox, which traditionally marks the beginning of the astrological year, but it also takes place in Aries this year  – the first sign of the zodiac!
 
In a nod to these spring rites (including Easter, which is actually rooted in the ancient Babylonian festival of Ishtar, goddess of love and war) , you may want to mark the occasion with a fertility or abundance ritual of your own.
 
This positive and hopeful energy should feel noticeably different to the muted Pisces New Moon, which kickstarted what turned out to be a particularly confusing and challenging Mercury retrograde spell for many.
 
With the Sun, Mercury and Mars now shifting into the more dynamic elements of fire and air, you should notice the dawning of a very different mood: One that is more dynamic, more decisive and definitely more action-oriented! It’s time to set new goals and make fresh plans…   
 
However, with Saturn set to square the Sun and Moon at this time, you’ll want to take your time and be sure to pick your moments – and battles – wisely!
 
 
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