July 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for July 2013…

July Astro-Insights Blog

Given all the fever around the impending royal birth, I have decided to devote this month’s Astro-Insights blog to predicting the possible arrival date of the third in line to the English throne.

To read more, visit: http://wp.me/p3d6Dk-8B.

If you’d like to read my previous Astro-Insights Blogs, featuring Astrological Reviews of the key world events that made the headlines in previous months, or occasional articles on interesting current affairs-related topics that call for in-depth astrological analysis, please visithttp://astroinsightsblog.wordpress.com.

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN CANCER – 8 July 2013

On the 8th of July at 08h14 BST, we are due to experience a New Moon in Cancer. This will kick start a fresh month-long lunar cycle concerning child birth (the royal birth anyone?), motherhood, food, the home, and of course, the sea. Thanks to a stellium of planets in Cancer straddling the Sun-moon conjunction, including an exalted Jupiter, this is a highly auspicious time to purchase a new house, decorate or extend the family home, bring a child into the world or investigate your ancestral roots.

FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS – 22 July 2013

On the 22nd at 19h16 BST, a Full Moon in Aquarius will bring a month-long cycle concerning social ideals, democratic, gay rights or humanistic movements or technology projects to a conclusion. This is an excellent time to celebrate with friends or terminate a group association now, especially if it gets in the way of you being able to live your life authentically.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO LEO – 22 July 2013

This month, the Sun ingresses into Leo, the royal sign, at 16h56 BST on the 22nd of July – very close to the expected birth date of the first child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Although this could harbinger the arrival of a royal heir for the Cambridge’s, for us mere mortals, it is likely to be a time in which we attempt to improve our self-confidence, or alternatively, indulge in a little luxury or enjoy some time off having fun in the sun.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout July 2013

Royal Arrival Date

This month, many fans of the British royal family will be anxiously anticipating the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s first child. Speculation about the exact birth date and time of the third in line to the throne has naturally, reached fever pitch, and has also been consuming the attention of many astrologers, including yours truly. I have therefore decided to devote July’s Astro-Insights blog to this topic. For the low down on which dates look the juiciest for a royal birth from an astrological point of view, visit: http://wp.me/p3d6Dk-8B

However, that’s not the only event set to grab the astrological headlines this month. In fact, we have a number of important planetary shifts to look forward to which may well have a bearing on our own lives, as well as those cycles governing world events.

Major Grand Trine in Water Signs

The first and most important of these is a Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune major grand trine. Following in the footsteps of the Sun and Venus, both of which have taken their turn to make similar flowing contacts to Saturn and Neptune during May and June, this particular grand trine represents a sort of pinnacle in matters creative, emotional and spiritual in which major philosophical, energetic and spiritual shifts in society are possible.

To give you an idea of how rare this event is, Jupiter and Saturn only make a conjunction to each other every 20 years whilst Saturn and Neptune only meet once every 30 years, so to have all three major planets come together like this is highly unusual. This combination of planets last occurred around 1967, albeit in a different combination of signs and its exact replica has not occurred in the last two millennia. That should give you an idea of just how special this date really is, so mark it in your diary and be sure to take advantage of this truly uplifting energy to make some positive changes in your life.

For further details on what to expect from this headline event, be sure to catch my daily astro-insights on Facebook in days leading up to this event, which is due to take place between the 17th and 19th of July.

Planetary Ingresses

I thought I should mention the ingress of Jupiter into Cancer late last month. This is rather significant for a number of reasons. Firstly, it marks the passage of Jupiter into the sign of its exaltation, which means that those of us tired of austerity and rather lacklustre prospects can look forward to a year-long period of growth, prosperity and fertility. This is likely to be especially true if you have a strong Jupiter in your chart, or if you have Cancer or one of the other cardinal signs prominently placed.

Jupiter is the planet of learning, philosophy, the law, culture, religion expansion and travel par excellence, so hopefully during this timeframe, we should see a lot more religious tolerance and a growing sense of respect for the sanctity of motherhood and family – something that has taken quite a beating in Western culture over the last few decades. In its pure form, this placing is excellent for adding an extension to your home, going travelling with or to see, family and for practising family law. The rules relating to what constitutes marriage and/or family in a religious context may also undergo positive changes during this period. There may also be breakthroughs in scientific research related to fertility, child development and childbirth now.

Following Jupiter’s footsteps, Mars is also due to ingress into Cancer this month (13th) although being the lesser malefic, this could lead to family arguments and domestic discord in the short term. On the 26th, however, it also takes a turn to trine Saturn and Neptune, which should

Venus is also changing signs this month, entering Virgo on the 22nd of July. Like Mars in Cancer, Venus is not terribly happy in this sign traditionally – virginal Virgo is the sign of Venus’ detriment, so don’t be surprised if you suddenly get a little prudish about sex or nudity, or feel the need to shower more frequently. This combination is best expressed in terms of vegetation – Virgo is the grain goddess after all, so gardening, flower arranging, spa visits and pantry spring cleaning are all very positive outlets for this type of energy.

Retrogrades and Stationings

Saturn and Mercury will also return to direct motion this month; the former, stationing around the 21st; and the latter, at the New Moon on the 8th. This should return all forms of communication and intellectual pursuits to more normal functioning, which is always good news. And in a reversal of this pattern, Uranus will retrograde, starting on the 17th until mid-December, which should take the pressure off those world leaders feeling under attack from angry social reformers and disaffected youth.

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June 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for June 2013…

Review of May

Given how long this section has become, I have made the decision to dedicate a whole new blog to it. That way, it doesn’t detract too much from the rest of the Astro-Insights column, and allows me to really get my teeth into a particular mundane astrological topic.

So, if you’d like to read my new Astro-Insights Blog, featuring an Astrological Review of last month, as well as occasional articles on interesting current affairs-related topics that call for in-depth astrological analysis, please visit http://astroinsightsblog.wordpress.com.

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN GEMINI – 8 June 2013

On the 8th of June at 16h56 BST, the New Moon in Gemini will usher in a fresh four week lunar cycle, especially in education, communication, media, self-expression, travel, politics and social activities. This is a good time to make a speech, start a new course or writing project, or make contact with a journalist or MP to further a cause.

FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN – 23 June 2013

On the 23rd at 12h32 BST, a Full Moon in Capricorn concludes a month-long cycle concerning your attitudes towards social conformity, rules, social acceptance, power and authority. You could receive recognition from the establishment or break from a long-held family tradition now.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO CANCER – 21 June 2013

This year, the summer solstice, marked by the Sun’s ingress into family-orientated and home-loving Cancer, takes place on the 21st of June at 06h04 BST. This marks the start of a brand new four-week period during which you may be drawn to activities such as home decorating, cooking, baking, shopping for homewares, spending time nesting with loved ones, or going on a seaside or sailing holiday.This month, the Sun ingresses into Leo, the royal sign, at 16h56 BST on the 22nd of July – very close to the expected birth date of the first child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Although this could be a harbinger of the arrival of a royal heir for the Cambridge’s, for us mere mortals, it is more likely to be a time during which we attempt to improve our self-confidence, or alternatively, indulge in a little luxury or enjoy some time off having fun in the sun.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout June 2013

During March, we can look forward to a number of positive Neptune contacts, which should give us an opportunity to explore our deeper spiritual connections to small groups with whom we feel connected, including our immediate family. DNA analysis that allows us to explore our genetic heritage, an examination of the karmic dimension of family groups or clans, genealogy and pilgrimages to places associated with our ancestors are also possible ways to express this energy. Another is to research the history of your home or a family property. If you are thinking of buying any real estate, go with your gut feeling about a place – your instincts and intuitive abilities are likely to be strong now.

Dates to diarise:

  •  3 June – Mercury trine Neptune – when you may feel compelled to write about or visit a large body of water

  • 7 June – when time spent with family should be pleasurable and peaceful. On the down side, you may want to avoid any discussions about religion or politics now, as this could lead to arguments.

  • 11 June – when making important changes to your dietary habits or taking steps to resolve a nagging health problem could really get you impressive results. Alternatively, you could decide to take a more laid back, compassionate or philosophical approach to leadership, which promises to pay off big time on the 26th

  • 26 June – when a male family member could offer you some really important advice or assistance, possibly in connection with a medical, spiritual or health matter.

  •  Tensions stirred up around last month’s Uranus-Pluto square are likely to return as all the personal planets take their turn to clash with the planetary rebel.

Days to watch out for disruptive, unexpected or wilful behaviour are:

  • 8 June – when you could get into an unexpectedly heated argument about a childcare, dietary or domestic issue

  • 12 June – when you and a lover, creative type or money man could come to blows, possibly about living arrangements, food budget or a mortgage

  • Fortunately, there will also be a few positive days in which to kiss and make up, or just find novel solutions to nagging problems. These include the 2nd and 17th.

Retrogrades

Mercury and Neptune are both due to retrograde in this month – Neptune, on the 7th, and Mercury on the 27th making it a good time to review holiday or travel plans, rework family writing projects, or revision creative initiatives, especially those involving photography or interior design. Be careful of misunderstandings and deception now too, and avoid signing up to any new deals until at least the 21st of July, where possible.

Ingresses

Another event to watch out for is the ingress of lucky, optimistic Jupiter into Cancer on the 26th – the sign where it is exalted – where it will remain for just over a year. Use this auspicious time to start a family, build an extension to your house, start a cookery business or buy a boat or property near the sea. Time spent with family should be particularly special and fun now.

The lesser benefic, Venus will also ingress into two signs this month; first into Cancer on the 3rd, followed by a second ingress into Leo on the 27th. Use the first ingress to beatify your home and enjoy pleasurable get-togethers or a holiday with family. Venus’ presence in Leo is likely to amp up the glamour and make you feel you want some attention from the opposite sex. Visits to the theatre and past times involving luxury goods or services are also likely now.

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March 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for March 2013…

Review of Last Month

Given how long this section has become, I have made the decision to dedicate a whole new blog to it.  That way, it doesn’t detract too much from the rest of the Astro-Insights column, and allows me to really get my teeth into a particular mundane astrological topic.

So from March, if you’d like to read my new Astro-Insights Blog, featuring an Astrological Review of the previous month, as well as occasional articles on interesting current affairs-related topics that call for in-depth astrological analysis, please visit http://astroinsightsblog.wordpress.com.

Those who access the web via tablet or smart phone will be pleased to know that the site is optimised for mobile internet browsing – you’ll find the RSS feed and archive listings at the bottom of the page.

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN PISCES – 11 March 2013

We begin the lunar month with a New Moon in Pisces on the 11th of March at around 19h51 GMT. As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces signals that this is the last month of the lunar year, which this year, is slightly out of sync with the solar one.

Use this time to wrap up any hidden or outstanding mental health, creative, spiritual or confinement (i.e. prison, rehab or maternity) issues that may be hanging over from previous months, and make some resolutions about how you’d like to support a marine-related cause (such as Hugh’s Fish Fight), tackle an addiction or get involved in a charitable cause during the coming year. That way, come next month’s New Moon in Aries, signalling the beginning of the lunar year, you’re ready to make a fresh start.

Alternatively, if you’ve run yourself ragged and need some rest, why not take yourself off to a spa, remote cottage or spiritual retreat to recoup your energies in preparation for the next phase of your life?

FULL MOON IN LIBRA – 23 March 2013

The Moon will wax to Full in the sign of Libra on the 27th of March at 09h27 GMT. This is a good time to end a relationship, make a commitment, round off political negotiations or bring a legal matter to a close.

It is also worth bearing in mind that next month’s Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, meaning that a six month-long soli-lunar cycle will soon come to a close.  Ideally, you might want to spend this month considering what you’d like to let go of when it comes to sex, your attitude to power, as well as research projects or criminal investigations, so that next month, you’re ready to shed that particular habit, urge or compulsion, or develop a healthier relationship with it.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO ARIES – 20 March 2013

This year, the Spring Equinox, marked by the Sun’s ingress into Aries, will take place on March the 20th at 11h02 GMT. Traditionally, the start of the Babylonian agricultural year, this event marks the beginning of the astrological year for those Western astrologers who use the tropical zodiac.

Think of it as a good time to begin anew when it comes to personal projects, aims and goals, as well as keep-fit regimes, military matters and of course, anything involving sharp instruments, such as surgery, or metals such as iron – for example, griddle pans, casserole pots or horse shoes. As the place where the Sun’s energy is exalted, Aries is a sign of boldness, action, focus and willpower, so whatever your plans, now is the time to take the initiative and make them happen.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout March 2013

During March, we have the return of a rather spectacular astrological pairing – a sextile between planetary giants, Saturn and Pluto, which perfects on the 8th.  This aspect, the result of Saturn’s current retrograde status, forces us to return to certain challenging issues and themes concerning boundaries, restrictions, power and authority, that we first began to explore around December the 27th 2012.  Since then, we have gradually been coming to terms with the personal implications of what these could mean for us, thanks to a series of aspects, formed over the course of the last three months, as each of the faster-moving planets have taken their turn to simultaneously contact Saturn and Pluto.

Here, I am thinking of:

  • December the 30th – when the Sun made a conjunction to Pluto and sextiled Saturn;

  • January the 6th – when Mercury followed in the Sun’s footsteps;

  • January the 17th – when Venus mirrored Mercury;

  • February the 12th – when Mercury trined Saturn and sextiled Pluto, forming a minor grand trine;

  • February the 15th & 16th – when Mars did so, but in reverse order.

All of these aspects, in turn, challenged us to restructure our consciousness, words, values and actions in order to transform our personal lives and social institutions to better reflect an inner truth, as well as help us to adapt to the changing world in which we all find ourselves.

Although for many, it may also have turned out to be a time of upheaval, re-evaluation and suffering; it has also enabled many of us to face up to our deepest  fears,  thereby freeing ourselves from long-held burdens, restrictive circumstances and psychological inhibitions; and ultimately, leading to a more honest relationship with ourselves and others.

Now, as Saturn and Pluto join forces, we can expect to see these themes return, though perhaps on a wider social scale.  I expect we’ll see politics, law enforcement and the banking industry further purged of corruption, misuse of power and greedy self-interest.  This may mean that certain hidden facts will need to come to light, leading to a few scandals (I have the 29th in particular in mind here), as well as the possibility of social unrest, especially on the 27th when Mars squares Pluto, but ultimately, any changes that are introduced now will be in the interests of the greater social good.

If you’re ready to make a big change that involves taking on additional responsibilities, want to come clean about something that’s been on your conscience, or restructure your life so that it more authentically represents who you are, what you want and what you have to contribute to humanity, then take a de breath and seize the day.  If the prospect scares you to death, then gird your loins and know that you’re not alone.  Take the advice of Madonna, who says that if something scares her, she knows it’s something she really needs to do.

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February 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for February 2013…

Review of Last Month

This post originally contained a long astrological analysis of Obama’s second inauguration and the Algerian Hostage crisis. However, given how long this section has become, I have added it to a separate blog dedicated specifically to mundaner astrology and the analysis of current affairs. That way, it doesn’t detract too much from the rest of the Astro-Insights column, and allows me to really get my teeth into a particular event or topic.

So to read my Astro-Analysis of January, please visit http://astroinsightsblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/.

Those who access the web via tablet or smart phone will be pleased to know that the site is optimised for mobile internet browsing – you’ll also find an RSS feed of my daily astro-insights and archive listings at the bottom of this page.

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS – 10 February 2013

This month, we can look forward to the beginning of fresh annual cycle relating to ideological movements, personal independence and autonomy within relationships, connections made through social networking and group affiliations or collaborations centered around social enterprise or technology, care of the New Moon in Aquarius at 07h20 GMT on the 10th of February.

FULL MOON IN VIRGO – 25 February 2013

On the 25th of February at 20h26 GMT, a Full Moon in practical, helpful and modest Virgo brings a year-long cycle related to diet, health, editing projects or hand-made items to a conclusion.  It is also an excellent time to put the finishing touches to activities that require a keen eye, sharp mind and attention to detail.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO PISCES – 18 February 2013

The Sun is due to enter sensitive and perceptive Pisces at 12h02 GMT on the 18th of February.  Not long afterwards, the Sun conjuncts the planetary ruler of Pisces, nebulous and subtle Neptune, on the 21st.  This blending of assertive yet co-operative energy promises to add refinement, mystery, glamour and allure to creative activities and personal projects.  Taking the lead in photography, film-related, spirituality and philanthropic activities is well-favoured between now and next month.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout February 2013

During February, we can expect an increase in emphasis on all things Neptunian, care of the ingress of several planets, including the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus, into Pisces.  This is likely to re-introduce topics related to the ocean and other large bodies of water, spirituality, healthcare, especially drugs and palliative care, as well as creative art forms like photography and film.  Other themes likely to make an appearance are romanticism, escapism, addiction, illusion and deception.  Given that the annual Film Oscar Awards ceremony is scheduled for 24 February, it seems likely that this year will be an especially memorable, glamorous affair.

 Key dates to diarise:

  •  2 February – Mars ingress into Pisces
  • 4 February – Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces
  • 5 February – Mercury ingress into Pisces
  • 6 February – Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces
  • 8 February – Mercury conjunct Mars in Pisces
  • 9 February – Mercury in Pisces square Jupiter
  • 10 February – Mars in Pisces square Jupiter
  • 12 February – Mercury in Pisces trine Saturn sextile Pluto
  • 16 February – Mars in Pisces trine Saturn sextile Pluto
  • 18 February – Sun ingress into Pisces
  • 21 February – Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces
  • 26 February – Venus ingress into Pisce & second round of Mercury conjunct Mars in Pisces
  • 28 February – Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces

 Days to watch out for are the 12th and 16th, which are likely to carry echoes from events that took place around January the 6th and 17th.  Given how much this astrological signature figured into the Algerian hostage crisis, it seems possible that we may experience related developments at around this time.

 Although February the 14th doesn’t look especially eventful, you can look forward to a very romantic spell between the 26th and 28th, when an exalted Venus unites with Neptune to sprinkle a little tenderness, poetry and fairy dust on love matters.

Mercury will retrograde for the first time this year, between the 23rd of February and the 18th of March, which is likely to play havoc with communication and travel, leading to a lot of confusion, as well as possible identify fraud and deception, so take extra precautions, especially with online purchases.

Saturn, the planet of limitation and manifestation, is also due to undergo its annual retrograde cycle, starting on the 12th of February.  Given that Saturn is generally considered to have a negative or inhibiting effect on situations, many interpret its retrograde period as a time when obstacles and restrictions temporarily lift, and you can enjoy a bit of breathing space away from heavy personal burdens or social obligations.  The ‘steady planet’ as the Babylonians referred to Saturn, is currently touring the sign of Scorpio which governs power structures, underground  tunnels and pipes, plumbing, recycling and other regenerative activities, such as antique restorations, as well as energetic healing of all kinds.  You may wish to revisit any related issues that have been put on hold during this retrograde spell, which will last until the 8th of July 2013.

As you can see, then Piscean energy is going to pre-dominate throughout the month.  This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what signs and planets are strong in your own natal charts – it’s more than likely going to be a good personal month if you’re a Pisces, Cancer or Scorpio but potentially a little challenging if you’re a Gemini or Sagittarian.  Relationships and one-to-one encounters will feature strongly for Virgo’s during February – just as well it’s Valentine’s month!  The other cardinal and fixed signs are less likely to be affected by all this activity, however.  If you want to work out what its ingress into Pisces might mean for you, then you should look at its transit through your birth chart and consider what houses and natal planets it contacts.

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January 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for January 2013…

Review of Last Month

This section originally contained an article about the November-December 2012 eclipses and the announcement of the royal pregnancy. However,  it had slowly taken on a life of it’s own, so I have dedicated a whole new blog to it.  You can read the article on Prince William and Kate’s baby news by visiting: http://astroinsightsblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/

Going forward,  if you’d like to read my new Astro-Insights blog, featuring an astrological analysis of the previous month, as well as occasional articles on interesting current affairs-related topics that call for in-depth astrological analysis, please visit: http://astroinsightsblog.wordpress.com.

Those who access the web via tablet or smart phone will be pleased to know that the site is optimised for mobile internet browsing – you’ll find the RSS feed and archive listings at the bottom of the page.

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN- 10 January 2013

This month a New Moon in Capricorn on the 11th of January at 19h44 GMT, will introduce a more sober and serious tone for the following four weeks – probably no bad thing after the retail frenzy of Christmas present shopping and the Boxing Day sales, not to mention all that festive drinking and eating. Now is a good time to start thinking about going back to work, regaining control over the family budget and thinking about what goals we’d like to set for ourselves during 2013. With the Sun, Venus and Mercury all joining the Moon in ambitious, determined and hardworking Capricorn at this time, it seems a powerful moment to make some New Year’s resolutions and then map out a plan for achieving these.

As an aside, this New Moon will occur just two days after the Duchess of Cambridge is due to celebrate her 31st birthday, making it especially significant for her on a personal level. She is currently in the Full Moon phase of her progressed lunar cycle, with the progressed Moon having entered Virgo, the sign related to health and practical details, in August 2012 – no doubt coinciding with the time when she allegedly began to cut out certain habits and foods from her regimen in order to increase her chances of conceiving. Her progressed Moon is also due to enter the 6th house of health, pets, habits and schedules in April 2013, which suggests that her focus is very much likely to be that of diet, health and changes to her daily routines for much of the year – quite apt, given that she is pregnant and that she seems to be having a difficult time of it healthwise as a result of her condition. Some newspapers have also reported that she purposely got her dog, Lupo, early so that it would not be jealous of any new arrivals further down the line – no doubt the training and preparations for this, along with the decorating of the couple’s new apartments in Kensington Palace will help provide outlets for these lunar inclinations.

In general, the progressed Moon is an excellent way to ascertain where we are likely to feel compelled to put our energy or what aspect of our lives we wish to focus on next. Knowing where your Progressed Moon is, both in terms of house, sign and phase, can often help to illuminate the upcoming direction or path that our lives may take in the immediate future. The Moon also rules emotions, and very often we know deep-down on an emotional or intuitive level that change is coming. Following the movements of the progressed Moon can help us to tune more clearly into the pattern of our own life cycles and make the most of that tide in the affairs of men that the poets often spoke about. If you’d like to know more about where your progressed Moon is, why not consider ordering a six or twelve month transit astro- report? For more details, visit my Astro-Reports page.

FULL MOON IN LEO- 27 January 2013

On the 27th of January at 04h38 GMT, we can look forward to a Full Moon in Leo. As the sign that rules leadership, personal charisma and self-confidence, as well as creativity and the performing arts, this Full Moon is likely to bring a personal or political chapter relating to these topics to a culmination or to a close. One can speculate that we might see a change of guard within a royal family or indeed, a country’s government around now.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO AQUARIUS – 19 January 2013

The Sun will enter Aquarius on the 19th of January at 21h52 GMT, thus initiating a new month-long cycle during which we can expect group-oriented or humanitarian activities to take centre stage, along with political revolutions, technological developments or inventions and the emergence of new social networking trends.

One thing worth bearing in mind is that, traditionally, the Sun is not terribly happy in Aquarius, as this is the polar opposite sign to its natural domicile or rulership of Leo. It naturally makes sense if we consider the fact that at this time of the year, the Sun is weak and it is very dark and cold. It is therefore not an ideal time to try and be too egotistical but instead, focus on the greater good of society and contributing to the welfare of groups to which you belong.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout January 2013

This month we can look forward to the stationing of Great Benefic, Jupiter, on January the 30th after several months of retrograde motion. This should mean an increase in progress when it comes to religious, moral, inter-cultural and legal exchanges and negotiations. Business transactions involving the media should go well after this date, whilst PR gurus can rely on more positive news coverage of key events, especially those involving politics, spirituality or commerce. We may also finally see some strides being made towards resolving the issue of press and media regulation vs. freedom of speech post-Levenson – something that seems to have continually been put on the back burner by politicians during 2012 whilst Jupiter was retrograde.

Before that date, we can also look forward to three key dates during January during which you’ll have the opportunity to gain a wider perspective or reach more of an understanding in relation to certain beliefs or nagging moral conundrums. The first date is the 4th of January when Mars in Aquarius trines Jupiter. This should provide you with the willpower, energy and enthusiasm to make headway in moving forward or restarting projects related to sports, travel or politics, especially if your intention is to bring about greater equality, democracy, fairness or improved rights to the masses, since both Jupiter and Mars will trine the Moon, the planet of the people, just prior to this transit.

Later, on the 23rd, a Mercury-Jupiter trine in the same signs, offers involved those immersed in protracted discussions or technical or scientific collaborations to finally identify a way to overcome long standing objections or obstacles to a publication, product release or commercial agreement in a way that benefits all parties and without incurring any further ethical objections.

Finally, a Sun-Jupiter trine, again in air signs, on the 26th should help to untangle a leadership quandary and make parents or those in charge feel more generous and benevolent than usual, and thus more amenable to doing favours, rewarding staff for their hard work or introducing new gadgets, machinery or software that might make work that bit easier. Overall, this is a day to indulge yourself or purchase some luxury items, especially those you have been eyeing up for some time.

Happy New Year!

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