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.

It’s a Boy for Harry & Meghan!

The Arabic Parts turned out to be the clincher when it came to predicting the gender of Meghan and Harry’s first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Something to bear in mind for next time around, although predictions of this nature are always going to be a little hit and miss, especially if one isn’t in full possession of all the facts.

Now that he is finally here (albeit a little on the late side) it’s time to look at his natal chart to see what the stars can tell us about his personality.

Although a double Taurus, making him seem very placid and docile, he shares the strong Mars-Jupiter and Pluto signatures of many of the royals, which suggest that although very private, this child definitely won’t be a push-over. A packed 12th house points to sensitive and possibly secretive side. I suspect he will be boisterous but introverted the way Prince George is.

A very prominent rising Uranus, which is conjunct Mercury suggests that he is likely to be tech savvy, progressive and passionate about issues such as the environment, food and diversity/identity politics. He is also likely to have striking looks or an unusual identity which set him apart from all the other royals – a trend that already started with his birth and name.

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

Equinox 2019 Supermoon in Libra

A CHANCE TO HEAL OLD WOUNDS AND MEND EXISTING RELATIONSHIPS

 
The March Full Moon is not only another Supermoon, but it also takes place along the equinox vernal point, giving it added cosmic significance and power.  
 
In addition, it occurs at the same time as a number of powerful and fortunate aspects to Pluto, Jupiter & Saturn. After the doubts, sacrifice and confusion of the last two weeks of unboundaried Pisces and Mercury retrograde, things now have the potential to come to an unexpectedly positive conclusion.
 
Thanks to the involvement of Chiron, the Libra Full Moon also has the potential to be a time of mending and healing in relationships too… 

 

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Brace yourself for Mercury Retrograde!

Today Mercury stations, ready for its first retrograde spell for 2019 which will run from 6-29 March. This particular one begins on the same day as the New Moon in Pisces and also coincides with the ingress of Uranus into Taurus – quite a seminal (and liminal) day when a lot is likely to remain up in the air. ⁣

Traditionally, Mercury is detrimented in Pisces (it is exalted in precise and orderly Virgo which sits opposite Pisces on the zodiac wheel) , so this one could really mess with your head if you allow your fears, insecurities & morbid imagination to take over. ⁣

The good news is that most of the confusion and mix-ups this one causes will be largely self-inflicted. Going with the flow, surrendering to not knowing and mental self-discipline will be essential if you’re to emerge from this one unscathed. ⁣

The question is whether you can get yourself to slow down and let go of your inner control freak. Consider this a test of your faith in the inherent goodness of the cosmos. ⁣

My advice: watch a re-run of ‘Life is Beautiful’ and go off grid for a bit. You may rediscover your connection to something truly magical if you do, especially if the Sabian symbol for the New Moon in Pisces is anything to go by.

Remember: Mercury retrograde is not inherently malefic, so have a little faith. Sometimes we all need to hit the pause button, reboot, regroup and re-imagine what outcomes we’d like to manifest in our lives. Consider this one of those times.

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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Uranus into Taurus

 

URANUS INGRESS 6 Mar 2019 06h20 GMT

Aside from Wednesday’s New Moon in Pisces, the major headline news this week is the ingress of Uranus into Taurus. The planet of revolution and paradigm change finally shifts into Taurus full-time  on the 6th for a stay of 7 years. Unlike last year’s ingress (May 2018) there will be no more push-me-pull-you retrogrades back into Aries this time around.

Although Uranus should be a lot less volatile and disruptive in the sense of wildfires, popular unrest and shock violence, it could bring on more geotechnical and geomagnetic disturbances like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions etc

Over the next seven years, to see an acceleration in the food and farming revolution as Uranus continues to make us change the way we produce and consume food.

In mundane astrology, Taurus is concerned with banking, farming, business, money and finances and material security.  So it makes sense that these are the areas where we may see some gradual but fundamental paradigm shifts, especially as new technologies are developed (Uranus is the tech king). This is also the first of two signs ruled by Venus and so is also associated with luxury goods, along with the fashion and cosmetics industry, so expect traditional conceptions of beauty to continue to be challenged.

The upshot: Cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn) can breathe a sigh of relief – all the turbulence of the last 7 years is now over. It’s now the turn of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) to enjoy a shake-up (or wake-up) whichever you prefer.

How this will affect you personally depends on: a) where Uranus is located in your chart, what it rules and which house cusp is governed by the sign of Taurus (along with a whole lot of other technical stuff like whether it aspects anything in your natal chart). If you’d like to know more, then why not book a reading or order a bespoke astrology report?

February 2019 Supermoon in Virgo

New Moon in Virgo

February’s Full Moon in Virgo is also a Supermoon  =  Full Moon++!

This particular lunar phase carries a restless and excitable charge to it, due to a stimulating connection between the luminaries & revolutionary planet Uranus. This Full Moon occurs during a week packed with powerful transits designed to help us all make positive personal changes and rid ourselves of unhealthy habits – for good!

Virgo is very good at being organised, tidy and helping others to keep on track with their schedules etc In other words, ‘getting it together’. And indeed, these qualities are going to be vital over the next few weeks if we are to make something of our Neptunian dreams and schemes…Something that is entirely possible if we can find a way to combine the idealistic and inspirational energy of Pisces (where the Sun and Mercury are currently based) with the down to earth, pragmatic and future-orientated modus operandi of Capricorn – the zodiac sign through which Saturn and Pluto are touring. 

The key to doing so may well lie in being inventive whilst also being both practical and willing to embrace change – qualities embodied in the signature of this particular Full Moon.

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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

Jan 2019 Solar Eclipse

Eclipse season begins early this year – the first soli-lunar event of 2019 takes place on January the 6th and will be a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn. Get ready to set your NYE intentions for the coming six months!

Ties to July 2018 Eclipses

In many ways, this eclipse is a follow-up to July 2018’s rather unusual and mysterious Friday the 13th Solar Eclipse in Cancer. As was the case last summer, this one will also have the signature of Pluto all over it. But this time, there are some key differences…

Is this Eclipse Personal?

For those people born between the dates below, this eclipse will pack more than its usual punch. In fact, it could prove to be positively life-changing!

BIRTH DATE RANGES:

  • Late 1916 – Spring 1917
  • Summer 1935 – Autumn 1935
  • Spring 1954 – Summer 1954
  • Autumn 1972 – Spring 1973
  • Spring 1991 – Autumn 1991
  • Winter 2009 – Summer 2010

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Sign

The January 6 solar eclipse takes place at 15 degrees Capricorn.

Anyone who has planets or chart points in the mid degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, is bound to be affected more personally by events or decisions triggered at the solar eclipse than most other people.

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Solstice 2018 Full Moon Forecast

CANCER FULL MOON 2018 blue dates

December’s Full Moon is all about inversion, turning points and the restoration of the natural order of things. Following a week packed with some truly off-the-chart transits, all centering around the theme of transition and change, the Cancer Full Moon asks us to let go of old habits, emotional ties or memories that no longer serve us, in order to make room for newer, healthier ones at the Capricorn New Moon in January 2019. This is also a good time to consider the internal costs – and benefits – of any external shifts we may have been forced to undertake during 2018.

SIGN

The final Full Moon for 2018 takes places in moody and sentimental Cancer. This is the Moon’s natural home, which makes it extra powerful. On top of that, it will also take place just after – and right along – the solstice axis that links the first degrees of Cancer and Capricorn. So,  in many ways, it is also about the return of light to the world after the months of darkness, struggle and intense soul searching brought on by the summer eclipses and autumn retrogrades, making it the perfect Christmas Moon.

These two zodiac signs were very important to ancient astrologers and philosophers because they represented the primary archetypes of father and mother, birth and death, youth and old age. In fact, many believed that the soul descended down the Cancer-Capricorn axis at birth, and that this process was reversed at death. They thought it no coincidence that the sun crossed these important thresholds (what we now call the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) at mid-summer and mid-winter – the periods which mark the peak – and trough  – of the solar year in terms of light and darkness.

Cancer is the natural sign of the Moon, and is associated with birth, motherhood and fertility, as well as the realm of the emotions – this is the cardinal of the water signs – in other words, the astrological equivalent of the Queen of Cups. (Not the king, I would argue because that is solar (and therefore masculine) energy, so Sun in Cancer = King of Cups).

According to Deborah Houlding:

In ancient astrology the condition of ‘moistness’ was viewed as the capacity to release emotions and connect with other beings. Moisture blurs the boundaries that define us as distinct individuals, allowing empathy, sympathy and a shared experience of personal or collective events. The act of sharing emotions represents an important aspect of forming bonds and unions, so moisture is also a creative condition, which forms the basis of love, fertility and reproduction. When we become too emotional the natural reaction is to release the ‘excess of water’ through the shedding of tears. Hence, water as an element relates to the emotions and the world of feelings.

Cancer as a sign is instinctual, moody and territorial – home is a refuge from the outside world – and like the walls of a house, it’s tough outer shell and sharp claws guard a soft inner centre. As a result, this sign is private, secretive and sensitive and very safety conscious – they don’t like to take risks.

Cancer is also the sign of the family and it’s fair to say that these people are very tribal – you’re either ‘in’ or ‘out,’ depending on whether they feel a sense of connection or kinship with you or not. And often logic doesn’t really come into this – a factor worth remembering, given that this Full Moon will make a sextile to unpredictable Uranus – more on that later…

Food is also important – not only does it provide a sense of comfort but it is also the constant over which loved ones bond and reunite, so it is fitting that this Full Moon takes place just before Christmas in the western world. As does self-nurturing (eating is really just one expression of this, isn’t it?).

The past, especially one’s memories of early childhood,  and the impact these can have on how we treat ourselves and others later on in life, is always going to be significant during a Cancer Moon. If your past is painful, do you hang on to it – and keep repeating the pattern – like a crab with its pincer claw? Or do you learn to let go and become the caring parent  – or create the loving family  – you feel you never had? (And these may not necessarily be through blood, but rather soul or heart ties…)

At this Full Moon, then, we may come to realize that we have a choice: cling on to old habits, patterns or stories, or write ourselves new ones? (Here the Sabian Symbol may have a little wisdom for us – see below…)

In general, this Full Moon is likely to activate Cancer-ruled themes such as:

  • Home, belonging, hearth and family
  • Food, nourishment and self-nurturing
  • Caution, safety and security
  • Pregnancy, birth and motherhood
  • Instincts, emotions, habits
  • The past, memories, history, nostalgia
  • Shellfish, sailing, sea travel, the ocean, the seashore

SABIAN SYMBOL

December’s New Moon takes place in the very first degree of Cancer, the Sabian symbol for which is:

 Sailor ready to hoist a new flag to replace an old one.

As the first degree of Cancer, this symbol makes sense: it represents the start of a new cycle or order. As I have pointed out, it occurs at the earth’s internal ‘new year’  – the point at which the sun, whose orbit gives us our year, ‘turns direct’  or is reborn (hence so many myths about the birth of light gods like Jesus and Mithras) and of course, this Full Moon is the last of 2018, and being close to the solstice, is intimately tied up with the New Year (which is, of course, based on the solar year).

The sign of the Crab is also intimately bound up in imagery around sailing and the sea, which evokes the fluid, adaptable nature of water and the Moon, as her ever-changing cycles, which mimic those of life on earth.

In his book on the Sabian symbols, ‘Full Circle,’ James Burgess makes a few observations about this using the analogy of the founding of America, which is largely considered to be a Cancer-ruled country:

The development of the American nation illustrates how, in order to find a safe, wholesome place to raise families, it is often necessary to face the dangerous unknown – crossing an ocean or land-mass to do so. Even when metaphorically the oceans and continents are experienced within, such journeys can bring us into strange associations, and require us to adapt to extreme challenges.

Two of the key qualities that Burgess feels enable us to navigate new territory are: the courage to take risks and the ability to adapt to our surroundings. He also talks about the necessary survival skill of making chaos and instability work to our advantage – something Theresa May may want to take on board, given how things currently stand with regards to Brexit… As we will see further on in the ‘aspects’ section,  these qualities resonate strongly with the planet Uranus, which has been quite busy this week making aspects to the luminaries in the lead-up to the Full Moon.

On the other hand, he also points out that in order to do so, one has to have a strong sense of direction, conviction or determination to succeed because this is the constant that will keep us moving forward, however precarious our position; or unsteady the terrain.  In this regard, he is pointing to the Moon’s opposite sign of steely and determined Capricorn, which is known for its toughness and ability to keep climbing upwards, no matter how difficult conditions are. And of course, this is where the Sun landed just a day before during the solstice. All in all, a very fitting description of this particular Full Moon – and some sound advice for how to navigate the new year – and these uncertain times…

The Sabian Oracle offers us some alternative suggestions for how to interpret the meaning of this degree, which include, interestingly enough some overlaps with the idea of the solstice:

Keywords: Changing loyalties. Turning points in one’s obligations or duties. Announcing new standards. Turning a corner. Getting rid of the old guard. Letting go of old allegiances and taking up new ones. Giving up old ways. Changing bad habits. Taking the helm. Switching sexual preferences. Sailors. Ships. Flags. Divorces. Marriages. Change of shifts.

The Caution: Rejecting the old just for the sake of change. Fickleness. Not sticking with one thing for long enough to realize the rewards of loyalty. Being a traitor. Religious quarreling. Going only where the “good action” is. Piracy. Mutiny. Treason. Abandoning former priorities.

KEY ASPECTS

Unlike the last two lunar phases, which were rather fraught as a result of some difficult angles to Mars, the 2018 Cancer Full Moon will make some pleasant trine and sextile aspects to Uranus, planet of surprises, sudden shifts and revolution.

This is likely to help us to facilitate some of important inner shifts needed to adjust to the shifts in the outer world initiated by this week’s power transits, including:

  • Monday’s dramatic Mars-Pluto sextile (17th);
  • Thursday’s Sun-Uranus trine (20th)
  • The solstice itself (21st), which was preceded by a Venus-Neptune trine and Mercury-Jupiter conjunction.

Wow! That’s an awful lot going on! And often, although we can adapt quite quickly to changes in external circumstances, it takes us a bit longer to process things internally, as anyone who has relocated, got hitched/unhitched, changed jobs or lost someone close will tell you.

I think the key thing is to see the need for change as good. These are all positive aspects and nowhere near the gut-wrenching, full-throttle changes many of us went through around eclipse time, or during the recent Venus retrograde.

The only thing to bear in mind is that Uranus is retrograde and back in volatile, angry Aries, so it’s entirely possible that this could unexpectedly throw up some unfinished business from its stay in this sign, which was for a good seven years or so (Mar 2011 – May 2018). This planetary combination forced us all to come to terms with our anger, frustration or resentment about technology, social injustice and inequality towards minority groups. But closer to home, it also made many of us impatient to throw off personal or professional restrictions and live more authentically and independently. So it’s entirely possible that there may be a few issues left over from this tumultuous period that need closure!

In this respect, it may be worth taking a quiet moment sometime over the next two weeks or so to simply acknowledge any feelings that may arise, including unexplained anger, anxiety or pent-up tension and then let find a way to release them, whether it is writing them down and then burning them, throwing some pebbles into the lake/ocean, or being very Cancerian and having a good cry.   That way, you’ll be ready to move on by the time that 2019 rolls around (and certainly by the time Uranus leaves for good in March 2019!). 2019 has the potential to be a corker, so make sure you’re ready to embrace it with all your heart.

Seasons’ and solstice greetings to you all!