Autumn 2018 Full Moon Forecast

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FULL MOON  in TAURUS, 24 OCTOBER 2018, 17h45 BST

October’s Full Moon takes place a day after the Sun’s ingress into mysterious and complicated Scorpio. In the northern hemisphere, this coincides with arrival of that quiet, wet period between late autumn and early winter when temperatures start to drop and plants begin to die off and decay, making it synonymous with soulful, introverted , R&R energy. However, this Ful Moon is likely to be anything but restful. Although the Moon will be in placid Taurus, don’t be fooled. It will also be orbiting very close to volatile and unpredictable Uranus, planet of shocks and surprises. The take-home story: this particular Full Moon is unlikely to conform to type. Read my Full Moon forecast below to learn more…

SIGN

October’s Full Moon takes place in patient, earthy Taurus – a very different energy to last month’s Aries Full Moon.

 

Unlike fiery, action-oriented Aries, Taurus revels in the tactile pleasures of texture, the heady scents of flowers. This is a sign that is all about stopping to smell the roses! Taurus is also more than a little obsessed with acquiring things of beauty, including art, jewellery and beautiful clothing. In fact possessions and material security are terribly important to this sign, which is also known for a tendency to be territorial and possessive when it comes to loved ones.

Taurus is the first of the fixed signs, which makes it both reliable and stubborn. According to Marsilio Ficino:

The fixed signs in particular-that is, Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio – furnish things that last.

And Taurus definitely prefers a good quality classic to something newfangled and faddish (unlike its neighbouring sign, Gemini!).  Quite sceptical by nature, Taureans are happy to walk the tried and tested path and frankly, can’t be bothered to reinvent the wheel – being Venus-ruled, this sign can be rather lazy. This is the sign most likely to say: ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’

The Moon is exalted in Taurus, so this makes it quite a potent full moon, especially if you are keen to manifest something important. As the lady of birth, generation and growth, the Moon revels in this abundant sign, which the Sun usually occupies in late Spring when plants are displaying a lot of healthy green growth, and some are even flowering.

Venus rules this zodiac sign, which rules the neck, so it come as no surprise that it is associated both with singing and adornments such as jewellery. Creativity and social pleasures related to food are other typical Taurus-ruled activities, as are banking and farming.

SABIAN SYMBOL

The October Full Moon takes place in the 2nd degrees of Taurus and Scorpio. The Sabian Symbol for these are:

Taurus 2: An electrical storm illuminates the heavens and the forests.

Scorpio 2: A broken bottle and spilled perfume.

TAURUS 2

Lighting strikes, making things suddenly clear. I just love the way this symbol mirrors the blending of lunar and Uranian energies! Think emotional storms, shifts in your immediate environment, family drama etc Unexpected wake-up calls, especially related to health, family and food, are a distinct possibility over the next two weeks or so, as are earthquakes and food scares, I’m afraid to say. Uranus is unpredictable by nature, so there is no way of knowing if this combination of energies will bring about positive or negative developments.

Being fixed, Taurus can get a little stuck from time to time, so an injection of a little lightning may be what is required to jolt you out of old habits or unhealthy ruts. Change is healthy, if initially uncomfortable. It reflects the dynamic nature of the seasons and the movement of the planets, so if you are challenged by developments or circumstances beyond your control, then see this as a call to action.

Lightning here illuminates its immediate surroundings, so it is also possible that you may be gifted with sudden insights or realisations about how you truly feel, or the best way forward in tricky situations.

Other themes from the Sabian Oracle for this degree include:

Keywords: Reverence for the forces of nature. Loud cracks, flashes, and bangs that clear the air. Flashes of insight. Tension and its release. Electrical conductors. The sense that all hell is going to break loose. Short circuits of mind or emotions. Electricity failures. Crackling emotions. Flashes in quick succession. Bursts of energy. Light changing. Psychic clearing. Hot flushes. Surges.

The Caution: Being frozen in fear just when one needs to spur to action. Losing control. Being distracted by surroundings. Not being completely aware of all the potential dangers. Worry that overtakes and engulfs. Chaos in the brain. Nervous reactions. Things changing quickly. Brilliance that is quickly or easily lost. Power blackouts.

SCORPIO 2:

The image of a spilled or broken perfume bottle conjures up words such as ‘potency’, along with potions of all kinds, from elixirs of eternal beauty right through to the poison hidden in a perfume bottle which is thought to have killed the Skripals in Salisbury this summer. Perfume is highly concentrated and therefore powerfully evocative – it certainly isn’t neutral, much like the passionate and hypnotic sign of Scorpio. This suggests to me that you definitely will feel quite passionate about whatever happens now. I keep thinking of a quote by G.K. Chesterton in his wonderful sketch, ‘A Piece of Chalk’ when he says:

Virtue is not the absence of vice or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.

This symbol, then seems to be urging us to distil our emotions and experiences down to their very essence – to get to the nub or heart of things. Perhaps this is what is required if we are to realise what needs shifting or changing around this potentially turbulent time?

Smells are very Taurean so this pairing of the degrees of the Sun and Moon again seems very appropriate. They are also the sense most associated with memory, and it is highly likely, with the Sun less than 3 degrees away from a retrograde Venus in Scorpio, that what happens now may concern an encounter with, or reminder of, a person or emotionally charged situation from our past.

Grief and loss is another theme associated with this symbol – after all, the perfume bottle is spilled or broken, so we may also be forced to deal with the feelings of finality that come about after an irrevocable change.

Other keywords and themes include:

Keywords: The memory of things lingering on. Scents or smells that evoke reactions. The “cat let out of the bag”. The “genie let out of the bottle”. Dizziness. Passing out. Smelling salts. Liquids spilled. Anything broken or shattered. Accidents. The loss of something precious. Alcoholism. Biological and chemical weapons of all kinds. Being emotionally charged. Cracking up to crack open. The sound of breaking glass.

The Caution: Things looking good on the outside, but the contents disappointing. Spilling one’s guts. Things erupting suddenly. Injured or broken necks or backs. Envy and jealousy. Broken bones. Smelly remnants.

LUNAR ASPECTS

The Taurus Full Moon is likely to be surprisingly eventful, if not a little emotionally charged, thanks to a conjunction with Uranus.

Uranus is currently retrograde and heading for its final ingress into Aries in early November. Uranus is associated with the archangel Uriel, with sudden flashes of intuitive insight, but also with volatility and the unexpected, often quite destructive separations or shifts. It’s influence on this full moon could therefore be rather unsettling. Expect abrupt changes of heart, shocking revelations (especially concerning saucy secrets), unexpected emotional declarations and creative/financial developments that appear to come from left field.

The two planets contacting the luminaries at the Full Moon  – Uranus in Taurus and Venus in Scorpio, are both retrograde, so its possible that these two planets could bring a past love or unresolved personal/creative/financial situation back into your life for healing or clearing.

However, this scenario does not necessarily have to spell bad news or drama. In fact, Venus will be making a sextile to steady and mature Saturn right before the Sun-Moon opposition. This transit is all about constancy, loyalty and commitment in close relationships, finances and creative endeavours. ‘Building/creating something of value that stands the test of time’ might be one way to describe this astrological combination, as are collaborations or relationships between people of differing age gaps.

So the fruit from this particular full moon may, in fact, be far from bad: an unexpected marriage proposal, an unexpectedly generous commitment from a patron or mentor, or even a solid offer of work from an employer – these are equally possible around this time. Much will depend upon where Venus and Saturn (and Uranus) are currently located in your natal chart.

When emotions are running high, as they tend to be at full moon, it is easy to overreact. Given that you may feel blindsided by what happens, it may be a good idea to give yourself a little space before responding.

Whatever happens though, don’t panic. Instead, tune into the more steady and mature energy of the Venus-Saturn sextile. This transit is probably one of the most productive and constructive we have had in recent weeks, so use it to mine any gems from the past that are worth holding onto.

 

Autumn 2018 New Moon Forecast

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NEW MOON 09 OCT 2018 04H47 BST – 16 DEGREES LIBRA

Relationships – with yourself and others – together with money, values and creativity – are the major focus at the October New Moon. With Venus retrograde and the Sun travelling through ‘we’-oriented Libra, it’s time to go resolve any unfinished business from our past and begin afresh, especially in matters of the heart. Read on for my full New Moon forecast.

SIGN

October’s New Moon takes place in fair-minded, harmony-loving Libra.

Libra is a cardinal sign, so although better known for having co-dependency issues, and a tendency to be a people-pleaser, it’s also worth remembering that Libra is secretly a warrior for justice. This is the sign of the diplomat, judge and peacemaker, so not necessarily all fluff and hearts, but nonetheless a consummate charmer. Think iron first in velvet glove. After all, in the tarot, Libra is generally associated with the Queen of Swords…

The Moon in Libra is therefore a bit of a contradiction in terms. Although Venus-ruled, which is a feminine planet, Libra is actually an air sign and so masculine/diurnal by mode, and so relies on the head, rather than the heart, to make decisions.  As this is antithetical to the way that the Moon likes to operate – she being more attuned to the emotional element of water – this can create more than a bit of internal tension and conflict.

The upshot: If you’re not in a happy place when the New Moon swings around, then be warned: this state of affairs could be amplified – a case of things getting worse before they better. With Venus currently retrograde, facing up to the past will be key, as will getting clear about your values. You may also be prompted to get your ducks in a row as far as finances are concerned – much depends on where Venus falls in your chart (and if you don’t know, then you can always book a reading or order a report from me).

Libra is one of the dual or bicorporeal signs, which ancient astrologers such as Ptolemy saw as synonymous with a tendency to have multiple manifestations. In today’s world, that’s a very welcome thought: options, we like options! And it’s fair to say that if a Libran has a decision to make, it usually takes a third way in order to break the deadlock between two conflicting choices – something you may want to remember if you find yourself facing a major personal dilemma in the next four weeks…

In general, then it’s possible that the New Moon could highlight Libran-ruled themes or qualities, which include:

  • Indecisiveness, hesitancy or a tendency to vacillate between options
  • A desire for fairness, justice, equality and win-win outcomes
  • Balance, symmetry and even-handedness
  • Compromise, peace, harmony
  • Relationships, partnerships and smooth social relations

SABIAN SYMBOL

The October New Moon takes place in the 16th degree of Libra. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is:

After the storms of winter, a boat landing stands in need of reconstruction.

After the emotional fallout of the July/August eclipses, followed by the ‘get real’ lessons of Mercury-Saturn, last month’s New Moon pushed the ‘reset’ button on things, beginning with the shot in the arm provided by the Jupiter-Pluto grand trines. While many of us are beginning to get clearer about where we want to head next, it’s fair to say that astrologically, we are not completely out of the woods yet.

And having had to seek shelter from these rather intense storms has meant that many of us now realise how important it is to have a safe haven – a refuge we know we can turn to times of trouble. The old adage of the port in a storm.

However, like the boat landing described above, this safe haven may be in need of a little TLC. So at this point in proceedings, before you set out on your next big adventure, it may be a good time to take stock of what work needs to be done in order to shore up your little nest so that it remains as cosy and safe as it ever was in case you need to return to it in the future. The important thing, though, is not to make these repairs turn into an excuse not to move forward when the time comes to hit the road again…

Lynda Hill offers us a few more ideas on how to think about this degree below:

Keywords: Temporary loss. Emotional repair. Tools to repair damage and build a new life. Having faith that the worst is over and recovery can begin. Calling in the experts. Taking time to put the pieces back together. Working to ensure the safety of the community. Insurance claims. The fragility of man’s world in the face of nature. Returning to work.

The Caution: Making excuses instead of fixing things. Feeling emotionally swamped and powerless. Being torn apart. Leaving things a mess. Feeling shot to pieces. Letting things wear down to the point of collapse. Having nowhere to dock. Arguments and violence.

KEY ASPECTS

Like last month’s New Moon,  Pluto will loom large. However, unlike the harmonious aspects that the Virgo New Moon made to Jupiter and Pluto in September, the Sun and Moon will be making a rather harsh square to the planet of secrets, power and hidden influences this October.

What is this likely to mean? Well, probably a sort of final healing crisis or internal struggle before you finally feel able to break free from whatever has been holding you back and embrace change. Pluto is definitely no picnic, so it likely to make things worse before they get better, a bit like a boil that needs lancing, or a fever that rages before an infection is finally beaten.

I know this probably sounds a bit melodramatic, but the energy surrounding this particular New Moon is very ‘underworld’. What do I mean? Well, in addition to the involvement of Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, this New Moon will take place in the Via Combusta – the fiery road in the sky which the ancients associated with the Sun’s descent every autumn from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn, bringing the long dark days of winter to the northern hemisphere.  Add to this the fact that the ruler of the Libra New Moon – Venus – is currently retrograde in Scorpio and you have a whole lot of ‘Halloween’ going on!

Plutonian energy is most associated with anything hidden or unconscious that has power over us – abuse, manipulation, deception or anything we feel ashamed about. Scorpio is associated with sex, death and taxes – the areas where most people harbour shady secrets, so it’s possible that situations involving this may arise and need clearing. So it is possible that a secret concerning a hidden association, financial deal or previous relationship may come to light now and create a few waves.

However, I suspect that, rather than external power struggles or inter-personal conflict, this will mean having to go back or inward in order to confront and release ourselves from sabotaging patterns of behaviour, or old emotional ghosts that prevent us from living in our truth and truly embracing change in our lives.

All very shamanic and definitely worthy of a journey to the lower world, if you feel you have the knowledge and experience to do it – and are familiar with your protective spirit guides. Have a look at people like Edwin Steinbrecher for inspiration – his method has helped thousands of people to get in touch with their inner guides and change their lives for the better – from the inside out. Well worth a look if you can find a copy of his book.

Whatever you do, don’t deflect, deviate or procrastinate – Pluto won’t let you off the hook that easily. So rather than create dramas in order to distract yourself from the task at hand – namely the need to make a change – try not to flinch from what needs to be done: instead keep your mind focused and your eyes on the prize. And remember: the darkness of the New Moon is always followed by the light of the waxing Moon. So whatever happens, don’t despair: there is light at the end of this tunnel.

 

Equinox 2018 Full Moon Forecast

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FULL MOON  25 SEPT 2018 03H52 BST – 2 DEGREES ARIES

The September 2018 Full Moon takes place soon after the equinox, marked by the Sun’s entry into Libra. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, this is likely to coincide with a time of consolidation and a need to shed anything that may weigh us down or take up too much in the way of inner resources before the lean and introverted winter months arrive. It’s time to seek more balance between me and we, between our solitary and more gregarious sides, and between self and others. Read my Full Moon forecast below to learn more …

SIGN

The September Full Moon, takes place in fiery and go-getting Aries, which can be impatient for action and tends to engender a ‘me-first’ attitude. In marked contrast to last month’s Pisces Full Moon, which was all about selflessness and service, this Full Moon is all about how to reconcile the urge to put oneself and one’s needs first with the need to engage with, and relate to, others. Giving and receiving, self vs. others, cooperation versus competition – these are all themes likely to be highlighted now.

Aries is strongly associated with drive, self-preservation and self-love. It’s a cardinal, forward-focused sign that thrives on action and progress. As a Moon sign, it can lead to a warm, uncomplicated but fiery emotional disposition that is straightforward and honest but doesn’t have much time for those who are perceived as weaker or less resilient. Whilst this can act as a good counterpoint to a personality that is too nice or overly sympathetic, it can also create a selfish attitude if not kept in check.

Other qualities associated with Moon in Aries include: self-regard, healthy ego, independence, warmth, passion, emotional honesty, psychological resilience, but also insensitivity, selfishness and impatience.

SABIAN SYMBOL

September’s Full Moon takes place in the 2nd degree of Aries and Libra. The Sabian Symbol for these degrees are:

Aries 2: A comedian entertaining the group.

Libra 2: The light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh.

So, let’s look at each of these symbols in turn.

ARIES 2

This symbol points to the inner comic in all of us – that child-like ability to make mistakes and then laugh about them, and to be less serious in general about life. As you get older, this can be harder to do but energetically, what it does is create blocks to flow and can often stop you from seeing solutions to problems, or in simply maintaining perspective when it comes to sweating the small stuff – something we will all be familiar with after the Sun and Mercury’s recent tour through pernickety and sign of the worry-wort, Virgo.

As you will see from this month’s soli-lunar aspects (below), we have a choice at this particular Full Moon – get stuck psychologically due to a fixation with so-called ‘grown-up’ ways of thinking, or invite in what Fate brings and make lemonade from lemons. Seeing the lighter side of life – and by extension, our problems – may just be the shot in the arm we need to re-ignite our love of life and set us on a path to greater connection and support than we might otherwise feel from others, especially friends and loved ones. More on this below when we look at aspect patterns.

Other themes from the Sabian Oracle for this degree include:

Keywords: Seeing the funny side. Having insights. Always being on the ‘go’ mentally. Putting on a show for others. Having presence and charisma. Being the life of the party. Banter. Cracking up with laughter. Ragging each other. Humorous interplay. Saying what the group wants to hear. Jokes. The buffoon. Inside jokes. The jester.

The Caution: Being silly or trivial to avoid reality and gain acceptance. Feeling separate because of different views. Not seeing the light side. Being a bore with many irrelevant things said. Being flippant and insincere. Not being amused. Demanding the spotlight. Feeling responsible for how others feel. Not knowing when to stop. Not having good boundaries.

LIBRA 2:

The second Sabian symbol raises an issue inherent in the New Age movement that I feel needs to be acknowledged but rarely is, and that is its essentially theosophical basis. The origin of the symbolism found in the Libra 2 Sabian image lies in a set theories concerning the Seven Root Races of Man originally put forward in the 1880’s by the founder of the Theosophical Society, Madame Helena Blavatsky, in her well-known book, ‘The Secret Doctrine’.

In the book, she claims that the history of the human race is actually a grand evolutionary scheme made up of seven ages or epochs known as ‘root races’: stages in human evolution, each dominated by a particular culture or society. She adds that some of these were mythical civilizations based on lost continents such as that of Atlantis or Lemuria. Modern society was considered to be part of what is known as the fifth era or ‘globe’ – a stage that thought would end in around the 28th century when it would be replaced by a new level of consciousness that would arise in parts of the United States and Australia…

This, in turn, would give way to the seventh and final epoch. Hence, the ‘Light of the Sixth Race Transmuted to the Seventh’. (Daniel Hindes and Olav Hammer both offer more detail about this topic if you are interested.)   So the root races of man then, is where the notions underpinning our Sabian symbol come from. Marc Edmund Jones, who developed the oracle in conjunction with the medium, Elsie Wheeler, was known to be familiar with Blavatsky’s ideas, so the link seems almost certain.

Although we may not consciously follow the teachings of theosophy today, it is worth noting that the idea of planetary ascension so prevalent right now in New Age thought, actually has its roots in this particular theosophical concept. how so? Well, Blavatsky also believed that, at the end of each globe/era (or spin of the group karmic wheel) the previous soul group would ascend in spirit from the earth, to be succeeded by incoming souls from the next wave of incarnation, who in turn, would receive/inherit the wisdom and knowledge of the previous civilisation through channellings from avatars and advanced souls known as Ascended Masters – ‘Great Masters, or Adepts, who, she asserted, had perfected themselves and were directing the spiritual evolution of humanity’.

(As an aside, this was later cast into doubt by a scandal following an investigation by the SPR (Society for Psychical Research in 1884 when ‘a former employee and confidant accused her of faking the extraordinary phenomena that accompanied the reception of some messages from the Masters’. But that’s another topic altogether…)

OK, so what does this mean for the September Full Moon?

Well, this Sabian symbol is clearly associated with a time of new beginnings and the dawning of a new cycle, system or way of being – in other words, a fundamental shift in consciousness. But does this mean we should completely let go of the old? Or are there valuable lessons, wisdom and connections that we want to take with us from the past into the future? This is a very good question. After all, in Blavatsky’s model, what fosters ongoing growth is the seeding of the old into the new with a view to refining/improving on this going forward.

If we consider that astrology is all about cycles, then it seems natural to assume that growth is not always linear and that sometimes we need to return to a particular situation, feeling or state from the past in order to deal with a theme that is repeating in a present situation. Or take forward knowledge from the past to preserve for future situations or generations.

Lynda Hill suggests that:

There’s a need to be with or communicate with people who have shared visions and hopes for the future. We have a choice: the fruits of past experience can bring either light or dark to the present.

What will you choose?

LUNAR ASPECTS

The Aries Full Moon will see the Sun and Moon making two aspect formations, one positive and one negative, to the nodes and Saturn, suggesting a fork in the road psychologically/karmically for many of us. The question at the root of this crossroads seems to be: Which lifepath do you want to follow: The hard one that involves blocks in your path and suffering, or the one that involves more joy and flow?

Let’s take a look in more detail at each to see what I mean…

  • First up, the Sun and Moon will form a CARDINAL T-SQUARE to Saturn, planet of karma, old age, responsibilities, boundaries, limitations, time and obstacles. This aspect pattern is made up of two squares and an opposition, and so is generally considered to be fairly tense and stressful. The focus of this T-square  – the point of the triangle, is Saturn in Capricorn, which recently turned direct (6 Sep 2018) after several months of retrograde motion. Saturn is strengthened in its own sign of Capricorn, making it pretty formidable – when one looks at the essential dignities of all the planets, we find that it is by far, the strongest of any of them, so is worth taking note of. It could therefore symbolize either a block in your path, or some form of inner resistance to moving forward.

    In general, Saturn tends to encourage us to avoid risk, pare back financially and/or remove excess baggage, rather than acquire more responsibilities or sign up to new things, so its possible that at this time, you may feel forced to cut back your spending or say no to new offers or projects. The opposition between the Sun & Moon suggest that this be motivated out of a need to achieve a better work-life balance, improve the quality of your work, or to make more time for R&R and/or loved ones. Much will depend on where these planets fall in your natal chart, but the tension between Libra and Aries at heart is about self versus others, me versus we – and how to find a balance between these two conflicting but equally important parts of our lives.

    Saturn is also about getting real, and in some ways, this Full Moon may be about coming back down to earth with a bump.

    In order to focus in more clearly, it’s useful to look at the exact degree in which this Ful Moon takes place – in this case 2 degrees of Libra and Aries. Taking the Sabian symbol for the 2nd degree of Aries into consideration, it’s possible that the T-square may also point to areas of resistance – blocks that are preventing you from moving forward. Have you reached some form of crossroads in your life or felt stuck for several months? Do you feel compelled to make some hard choices? if so, then this may be a sign that Saturn is prominent in your life right now and needs to be worked with.

    Saturn is very serious and when afflicted, it can make it difficult for people to relax and have fun, leading to behaviour that makes us seem older than our years. It can also give us a bleaker outlook on a situation than may be necessary – Saturn can be a bit of a martyr and a sucker for punishment, stoically sticking things out when there may actually be a simpler solution. If this is the case, then you may want to consider how to lighten up or inject some humour into the way you view certain situations or people. Doing so could lead to a shift from heavier to lighter frequencies which in turn, could create movement in areas that may have seemed stuck for a long time. The key will be to balance the need for personal progress and development with consideration for others in order to make sure that, in your rush to move forward, loved ones don’t get left behind…

  • The second aspect pattern activated by the September 2018 Full Moon is a MYSTIC RECTANGLE that pulls in the luminaries together with the lunar nodes through a series of trines and sextiles.

    The nodes are currently transiting through Leo and Aquarius – the same zodiac axis we experienced during the recent eclipses, so expect themes from then to return. In esoteric terms, the nodes are about karmic lessons and energy releasing, suggesting that if you need to do some energy clearing now and get rid of long-standing behavioural patterns or belief systems inherited from your ancestral line, then this is an excellent time to do some soulwork.

    There to aid the clearing process will be Mars, which is conjunct the south node in Aquarius. Mars is all about physical vitality and kinetic energy, so bodywork healing is likely to be very successful at this time, as is anything that involves physical movement such as yoga, martial arts or dancing. Mars is also about passion and anger: two energies that need to be channelled constructively if they are not to get in the way of healing or spiritual development. worth bearing in mind at this time, although one should never under-estimate the power of anger as an awakener – it is often the vanguard of the ‘bullshit detector’ and that is never a bad thing to have working in this age of ‘post-truth’ and so much misinformation.

    With the north node in Leo, it may be a good idea to separate from the herd for a while and march to the beat of your own drum, if this feels more authentic. Sometimes the small voice inside us can get drowned out in the noise of the crowd and so taking some time out occasionally to hermit and reconnect with this innate wisdom of the heart is no bad thing.

    The healing aspect of this cosmic configuration is emphasized by Chiron, which will be conjunct the Moon, pointing to the potential for psychological or emotional breakthroughs. Learning from your own experience and compassion arising from your own suffering are both gifts that Chiron could bring to you at this time – if you can open your heart and humble yourself enough to receive them.

    The cerebral and communicative aspects of this aspect pattern are further highlighted by a conjunction between Mercury and the Sun, both in relationship-oriented Libra, which highlight communication and attitude shifts towards relating. The key will be to allow the wisdom of the heart to take precedence over that of the head – Mercury will still be ‘under the sunbeams’ and so working a little blind. Allow this temporary dimming of one’s outer sight to help still the mind and see with your inner eye, rather than allowing more powerful or charismatic types to overwhelm you, as the light of the Sun has the potential to do if you let it.

In essence then, this Full Moon is all about making choices – about what you want to let go of and what you want to carry forward with you into the last quarter of the seasonal year. A lot has happened in the last few months, so taking the time to process and sort through what has worked, and letting go of what hasn’t, is certainly no bad thing. The key will be to balance our need for freedom and self-fulfilment with our equally valid need to connect and ask for support when we need it.

May you find the answers and healing you seek.

Sept 2018 New Moon Forecast

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NEW MOON 09 SEPT 2018 19H01 BST – 17 DEGREES VIRGO

After an eventful and dramatic summer, things shift gear. With a slew of planets moving into earth signs, and a New Moon in practical Virgo, the emphasis over the next few weeks will very much be on getting back into work or study mode. It’s time to haul out that notepad and start making some lists… However, it’s certainly not all dullness and duty – this new moon also keys into next week’s Jupiter-Pluto sextile, so expect to factor in arrangements that just may involve a dramatic new start!

SIGN

September’s New Moon will take place in helpful and discerning Virgo. Although usually the most modest and least ambitious of the earth signs – the knowledgeable librarian or super efficient PA organising making very useful suggestions or keeping the wheels turning in the background – this particular New Moon may be slightly more dramatic than usual (but we’ll get into that in the Aspects section below.)

Other Virgo themes which could make an appearance between now and the next 28 days is that of:

  • Details, as opposed to the big picture
  • Hygiene, health, nutrition or wellness
  • Service, helpfulness, getting assistance
  • Criticism, editing, polishing or perfecting
  • Precision, accuracy, fact checking

SABIAN SYMBOL

The September New Moon takes place in the 18th degree of Virgo. Rather spookily, considering that Pluto factors into this particular moon phase, the Sabian Symbol for this degree is:

Two girls playing with a Ouija board.

This symbol brings to mind the famous Fox sisters from New York who popularised psychic mediumship with their seances in Victorian America. However, the question doesn’t seem to revolve around whether or not the girls are genuine or not, but rather o the fact that they are experimenting with the notion of entering into a dialogue with the spirit world.

More and more people such as Andreas Weber are beginning to talk about the idea of being in relationship with the world, and of life being a series of dialogues or interactions with other beings, including those that are ‘more than human’.

Without attachments, no life. From cell division to child rearing, we can understand all processes in the biosphere as processes of relationship—and we can learn from them. In these processes, two different positions must be brought into balance such that something altogether new emerges, something that both contains and completely redefines everything that preceded it. This connection of two (or more) different positions in a common cause—one that remains full of contradictions—is perhaps the most general definition of an ecosystem. It is also the precise description of a loving attachment.

This New Moon seems to be suggesting that we need to open ourselves up to a dialogue with the world – the spirit world in particular, whether through tarot, astrology or a seance, and see what messages we get back.

The key here will be discernment in order to avoid any form of deception or delusion. Virgo is very good at being choosy and not settling for anything less than precision/perfection – something that appears to be important at this time, especially given that the Sun and Moon will be coming off of an opposition to nebulous Neptune just prior to their conjunction, which can lead to confusion or disappointment.

The Sabian Oracle provides a few more pointers on how to start thinking about this particular symbol in relation to the New Moon:

Keywords: Hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion. Manipulation of lesser beings. Having insights that transport to other levels. Channeling and medium-ship. Translations. Prophets and bringers of messages. Empowerment. Messages erupting. Speaking. Announcing. Bearing important news. Power. Charisma. Veils. Background voices.

The Caution: Conscious manipulation and propaganda. Not owning up to all the elements of one’s personality. Denying expression. Blurting out things that hurt or alienate. Barging into others’ conversations. Leading people astray with exaggeration or lies. False impressions.

LUNAR ASPECTS

This New Moon will be making a minor grand trine in earth signs to Jupiter and Pluto – two planetary big hitters concerned with change and expansion who will be sextiling each other on Tuesday.

 

This points to small but significant psychological decisions, intention-setting exercises or habitual changes that, a rather like the butterfly analogy we hear about so often in relation to chaos theory,  leads to a complete paradigm shift.

Jupiter and Pluto don’t do anything by halves – they very much belong to the category of planetary ‘whole hoggers’ who are very much about ‘go big, or go home’ energy. Jupiter also happens to be in the sign ruled by Pluto – Scorpio, which makes this quite an intense but also potentially profound time.

Given that the Sun and Moon are conjunct the Part of Water Journeys, this may be connected to a cruise or boat trip of some kind.

My advice would be not to worry about being too deep or too serious, especially when it comes to your beliefs. Over the coming 28 days, don’t be afraid to have the courage of your convictions or be a little earnest. If you are as precise and as scrupulously diligent as you can about doing your research, getting the details or facts right (especially because Neptune’s interference could blur the boundaries a little bit), and then using tools such as lists to carefully weighing up your options, you really stand to make an impact, particularly when it comes to psychological or spiritual matters.

Seek guidance if needs be (see the Sabian symbol) and then when you become clear, act! Things could be very different in your life when you look back in a month’s time. Why wait when there’s such potent energy around designed to help you push through obstacles to change.

August 2018 Full Moon Forecast

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FULL MOON  26 AUGUST 2018 12H56 BST – 3 DEGREES PISCES

After the Leo solar eclipse earlier this month, it’s time to regroup and consolidate. The Pisces Full Moon asks us to consider what we need to let go of, or sacrifice in order to move forward and realise the goals or intentions we set at the New Moon. Read my forecast below for more details…

SIGN

The August Full Moon, which takes place in sensitive and ephemeral Pisces, brings with it a rather different energy to that of the previous New Moon eclipse in fiery Leo. The Moon in Pisces often calls into question the need to examine emotional and psychological boundaries because it is a very open-ended and inclusive sign.

Pisces is also strongly associated with self-sacrifice and submitting to a higher source or power. However, it can also become a little bit escapist and matyrish if not checked by any sort of limitation. It’s all very well to give up your needs or goals in order to help someone else in the expectation that they will have the good sense not to take advantage of your better nature, but all too often, this is not the case. If you have been abused or taken advantage of by somebody in the past, then why should this time be different? Consider this before being too selfless – once bitten twice shy. No need to be the fool in order to be a good person.

Other qualities associated with Moon in Pisces include: empathy, psychological sensitivity, allergies, oceanic feelings, spiritual inspiration, creativity, selflessness and compassion.

SABIAN SYMBOL

August’s Full Moon takes place in the 4th degree of Pisces. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is:

Heavy traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seaside resorts.

Such a symbol evokes a liminal or in-between state – a condition that comes naturally to the sign of Pisces – and it’s ruler, Neptune, in particular. Notice that we are talking about the relationship between land and sea, between solid and liquid, earth and water. The heavy traffic evokes a sense of sluggishness or congestion, rather like blocked sinuses or lymph glands (my ears have been playing up recently – what about you?) One’s knee-jerk inclination is to try and to speed things up or clear things out in order to get things flowing again, which may involve redirecting certain energies, prioritising some things over others, or alternatively, allowing nature to take it’s course. Sometimes rivers or roads get silted or blocked up, which gives us time to assess whether we are headed in the right direction without wasting too much time and energy if we decide to course-correct.

Lynda Hill suggests that this degree can be associated with a feeling of being trapped, or of stagnation:

“You may feel like you are getting stuck in a pattern that continually bounces back and forth, never arriving at any final or desirable destination. This can be very tiring. It is important to realize that although being “squeezed-in” can bring on a sense of panic or discomfort, the chances are that it will not be permanent and there is probably something better and more pleasurable waiting for you once you get out of the current situation.”

However, because it occurs in such close proximity to a Venus-Pluto square, and during a Sun-Uranus-Saturn grand trine, my sense is that we are less likely to experience these sorts of effects this time around because the impetus for change and reform is too strong for people to simply settle or compromise too much.

Other keywords include:

 

Keywords: Going with the flow. Running back and forth. Having to move continually. Pollution and car exhaust. Rush hour and road-rage. Plans for arrivals and departures. Public holidays. Traffic jams. Traffic banking up. Having trouble making left hand turns. Detours. Packing and unpacking. Luggage. Travel itineraries. Impasses. Nervous systems. Urine therapy. Constant phone calls. Switchboard jams. Heat and smog.

The Caution: Creating barriers. Constant traffic stopping the possibility of real human interchange. Claustrophobia. Feeling like there is no escape. Exhaustion due to everyday hustle and bustle. Running out of fuel. Accidents. Taking the long way round. Blockages.

LUNAR ASPECTS

At the time of the Full Moon, the Moon will be separating from a conjunction to the fixed star, Fomalhaut. This star, which forms part of the southern fish, or Alpha Piscis Austrinus, in the constellation of Pisces, has mixed meanings.  On the one hand, it is associated with the Archangel Gabriel and therefore the gifts of psychic ability and/or prophetic dreams; and on a more mundane level, with fame and good fortune, especially in relation to artistic pursuits.  However, there is often a catch: gain usually follows loss, and sometimes there is a sense of having to pay a price in order to attain what we are seeking. According to Astrology King, this combination was traditionally associated with:

Secret business causing much trouble and enmity, but eventual gain after many difficulties. The separation is more benefic than the application.

If we consider that this star was very prominent during the last American Presidential Election, then it is possible that we may see further developments revelations concerning behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing, election fraud or secret collusion between now and the start of the next lunar phase.

On a personal note, you may want to consider whether certain personal compromises or emotional sacrifices, particularly with regards to loved ones, are actually worth it, especially given the Venus-Pluto square happening on the same day. It is entirely possible that someone may be taking advantage of your better nature and that your desire to relate at any costs comes with a high price tag attached…

Change is what is called for – and with the help of communication, a strong sense of moral conviction and a little ingenuity, it is just possible that over the next two weeks, you can affect major shifts within key relationships which may not have been conceivable before now. This is especially likely as we near September’s Jupiter-Pluto sextile which around the 12th. So don’t lose heart: getting tough doesn’t necessarily have to mean losing someone close to you, but it does mean being open to the idea of change and having the courage of your convictions.

Luckily, the Full Moon will key into this weekend’s grand trine in earth signs, which is all about radical change but in an entirely pragmatic and well-thought through format. The involvement of the Virgo Sun and Saturn in Capricorn also adds an element of discernment and realism to proceedings. As a result, you and others may be in a better place to face up to the truth of a particular association and take steps to either introduce better boundaries or simply clarify any confusion that may have been exacerbated via the Moon in Pisces.

Being clear about what is and is not acceptable is another way of stating your needs/expectations, thus reducing the possibility of deception by omission, or loss due to vagueness.

The upshot then: choosing to be firm but kind, brave but sensitive could lead to very real – and positive – changes in relationships, emotional/behavioural patterns and habits over the next two weeks.

Positive changes are possible now if you can embrace qualities such as clarity, realism, determination and a strong sense of moral conviction. The key will be to avoid any form of denial, deception, trade-offs or moral weakness and instead embrace a willingness to develop core inner strength, state your needs and be clear about your boundaries.  Key life structures have the potential to shift for the better now , allowing you to develop inner strength, increased self-confidence and emotional security.  What are you waiting for?

Get ready for the last eclipse of 2018!

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After an intense and emotional period following the Blood Moon eclipse,  its time to press the reset button on personal goals, creative projects and matters of the heart for the next six months.

Be warned though: in many respects, this eclipse is also about examining – and possibly altering – the way you think and express yourself, care of  the involvement of a retrograde Mercury. But then, if you think about it, the only way to truly change you reality is to change your thought-patterns and what you put out into the world via your communications…after all, thoughts become things!

While it is not without it’s challenges, a major grand trine involving bright star, Sirius offers us all a chance to reconnect with our braver, more courageous and wiser selves – and to receive many blessings and profound cosmic teachings, if we are open to guidance from above/within, whichever way you refer to see it….

To find out more about the astrology of the Lion’s Gate Solar Eclipse, read my eclipse forecast.

Venus-Mars, 8-8-2018 & the Lion’s Gate Portal

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There is an awful lot of information on social media about spiritual stuff, some of it a little far-fetched or sensational, and some actually pretty interesting and informative.

So what’s so special about the 8th of August 2018, you might be asking?

Well, as it happens, a number of turbo-charged cosmic events all align to make this an especially potent day for healing, shifting relationship problems and generally opening up the heart in preparation for Saturday’s Leo Solar Eclipse, which will provide us all with the opportunity to press the rest button on some pretty heavy and intense personal stuff.

During late July and mid-August, the Sun rises with the fixed star, Sirius just ahead of it – and Regulus behind it. At one time, this occurred in alignment with the zodiac sign fo Leo, but due to procession of the equinoxes, these stars now fall in Cancer and Virgo respectively.

Sirius, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, as viewed from earth, was considered to be an extremely important star for the ancient Egyptians. This is because it rose helically (ie. at dawn, just before the sun) around midsummer when the Nile flooded, bringing life-giving waters and fertile mud to the land – important for crop farming and essential for life in a land that was slowly turning into a desert. Before that, it would disappear from the skies for around 72 days, during which it was considered to enter the underworld and die, only to be reborn at the summer solstice when it once again become visible on the eastern horizon, just before the sun rose and blotted out the stars from view.

As a result, the entire Egyptian calendar was arranged around it: the heliacal rising of Sirius therefore marked the beginning of the Egyptian New Year. Sirius now falls halfway through the constellation of Cancer, but at around the time that the Egyptian pyramids were built – circa 3000 BCE, it rose at the time of the summer solstice in the constellation of Leo, which some people think is why a lion-headed Sphinx guards the entrance to the pyramid complex on the Giza plateau…Robert Beauval has provided a fairly accessible and detailed explanation of this phenomenon for those interested in more details.

For esotericists, Sirius holds a special meaning:

Sirius is said to hold an analogous position to our Sun as the individual human Soul does to the persona. It is analogous to the Soul of our solar system.

In other words, the so-called ‘Central Sun’ or ‘Hidden Sun’ of the theosophists and other cosmic lightworkers. According to teachings transmitted to them, at this time of year, when the Sun is in Leo and Sirius is rising helically, a sort of spiritual reboot or rebirth is possible – a portal opens up between Sirius, the earth and Sun, enabling us to connect more clearly with our soul or spiritual selves, and receive guidance from the heavens.

Regulus is another important star for astrologers and esotericists. During the Middle Ages, it was known as the Heart of the Lion, a star associated with kingship, nobility, courage, fame and honours. This is because at that time, it formed part of the constellation of Leo and fell over the breast/chest area of the lion constellation.

It was also traditionally one of the Four Royal Stars of Persia (which at one time aligned with the four cardinal directions at the solstices and equinoxes), and in Persian angeology, became associated with the Archangel Raphael (Israfil in Islamic tradition), the light being of medicine and healing.

This year, Sirius rises helically on the 8th of August 2018, which is interesting numerologically. Not only are there the obvious associations with Strength – the 8th card in the Tarot’s Major Arcana, which contains the image of a woman taming a lion – but of course the number 8 in numerology is actually about balancing the material and the spiritual.

According to Numerology.com, :

The 8 is the great Karmic equalizer, a force that just as easily creates as it destroys. When the 8 comes knocking, you can be assured that you will reap what you’ve sown.

Now it is interesting that on this day, we happen to have a Venus-Mars trine in air signs. These planets represent the opposite but equal forces of masculine and feminine creativity and generative powers.  In a way, they are also demonstrating the balancing and harmonising energy of the number 8 – the feminine, seductive and alluring, with the masculine yang energy of the hunter and knight whose courage and bravery helps him win over the heart of a noble woman.

And again, these two planets represent heart energy, but a more earthly version than that of the celestial Suns.

So you could say that the earthly is coming together with the heavenly to rebalance or cleanse and restore the heart at both the human and spiritual levels. In other words, a linking of the heart and soul. Astrologically, this is symbolised by the fact that both Venus and Mars will be aspecting Chiron – the centaur associated with the Wounded Healer.

Furthermore, Venus (in her own sign of Libra) will connect up with several other planets also in their own signs, including Saturn (in Capricorn) and the Moon (in Cancer) – very unusual to have so many planets in their own domiciles, I should point out!

Mars, on the other hand, will be making contact with a now retrograde Uranus, which happens to be the ruler of Aquarius, the sign through which Mars is currently retrograding! AND, Uranus happens to be in Taurus – one of the signs ruled by Venus – ao lots of synchronicities!

Mars will be orbiting very close to the South Node, which is an energetic release point. The suggestion therefore seems to be release pent-up aggression, anger or agitating energy in your system, giving you an added sense of peace. There is a lot out there about letting go of people or relationships that are abusive or hurtful, and this ties in with the message of Mars conjunct the south node. One positive way to do this is by following Steve Nobel’s Sirius Vortex Guided Meditations.

On the flip side of the coin, Venus is asking us to align with our higher, more spiritual selves so that we may learn to love in a whole new way – one that is fair, kind, peaceful and most importantly, mutal! Libra is, after all, about balancing two sides of the scales.

I don’t know if you have been feeling exhausted like me, but these last few weeks since the very Mars-oriented Blood Moon lunar eclipse have been very intense psychologically and energetically. My sense is that this latest episode is just part of that process of release and catharsis I talked about in my August Eclipse Forecast – one that will end at the New Moon Solar Eclipse on Saturday.

This will coincide with a cosmic reset, and it is important to be ready for it. So do all the balancing, healing and purging you can before then, and I’ll catch you on the other side, when things should feel a whole lot lighter and more hopeful.

You can read more about how Sirius and the Sun in Leo both figure strongly into the upcoming Leo Solar Eclipse in my August Solar Eclipse forecast – up now.

Til then, take it easy and be gentle on yourself and others.

Remember the words of the Desiderata:

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

Blood Moon: Set Your World Alight.

IG UK Blood Moon photoFriday’s Lunar Eclipse isn’t called the Blood Moon for the reasons you may think!

Rather than it’s colour, which isn’t actually all that unusual, it’s more about the involvement of a turbo-charged (and retrograde) Mars. When the Full Moon rises, already a browny-reddish colour, it will form a line in the sky with a very bright and prominent Mars – currently closer than it has been to earth since 2003 (and before that, for 60 millennia).

As we all know from our mythology, Mars is the red planet, and so associated with fire, heat, passion, enthusiasm, drive, focus and a killer instinct. This is the Wands suit of the tarot deck  but also The Tower in the Major Arcana. 

This lunar eclipse is all about warrior energy – but instead of kicking ass in the outer world, it’s more about conquering our inner demons. It’s worth remebering that Mars is retrograde, which puts the focus firmly on the past – and what’s inside.

The message is very much about using the power of fire to cleanse and purify our lives, let go of what is no longer needed, and use the alchemical process of heat (read: love,, desire, enthusiasm, and yes, even anger) to transform psychological and emotional lead into gold.

Do so now, and you’ll be ready to shine come August when a new solar eclipse in Leo presses the reset button on a fresh six month cycle.

Find out more about where to see it in the night sky, and gain some in-depth insights on how to navigate this high impact energy. Read my in-depth and FREE July Eclipse Forecast now!

July 2018 Eclipse Forecast

SOLAR ECLIPSE CANCER 2018 UKThis Friday,  the next installment in the 2018 Eclipse Season gets underway with a solar Eclipse in Cancer.

This eclipse is rare and unusual for a number of reasons.  Firstly, as I’m sure many of you will have noticed, it occurs on Friday the 13th.

Now, one of the events purported to have contributed to making this particular day unlucky was the arrest on Friday the 13th of October 1307 of several key members of the famous Knights Templar as part of a ‘crackdown’ on their so-called heretical practices (although we now know that this was a smokescreen for King Philip of France to try and seize their assets…) Perhaps by sheer coincidence, it just so happens that the day before, there was a lunar eclipse in Aries – and quite a nasty one at that! ( The Sun and Moon formed a T-square with militant and destructive Mars.) So perhaps it was the lunar eclipse  – no doubt still considered a powerful omen at the time – which added a certain cosmic charge to this particular incident.

However, I should point out that I am not particularly superstitious about the number 13 – it reduces to the very stable number 4.

Furthermore, the July 2018 eclipse is:
a) A solar eclipse, not a lunar one; and
b) These eclipses are not part of the same Saros family – the 1307 eclipse formed part of the 18 North series – this one is belongs to Bernadette Brady’s 2 Old North Saros family. More details on this Saros Series in my eclipse forecast.

The second reason that this eclipse is unusual is that it occurs one month before a SECOND solar eclipse, this time in Leo. So rather than initiating a new six month cycle, it instead sets in motion a FOUR WEEK window in which to do some important inner work.

And judging by the nature of the Saros series and planets involved, this is likely to revolve around themes of death/separation/endings/catharsis and rebirth/reinvention/redemption.

Dramatic? Maybe. Intense? Definitely!

But – and here’s the big but: it also contains within it the seeds of healing and transformation….

See as it a bit of a cosmic colonic (a very Plutonic metaphor) – a clearing out of your emotional innards to make room for a much more nourishing and flourishing time, starting on August the 11th.

So get ready, people. This rollercoaster ride calls for bravery and a willingness to accept what you can’t control – because Fate definitely will have a hand in whatever happens now. The key is to accept and welcome in change – because the signs are all there that it’s pretty inevitable.

For full details and an in-depth analysis, read my July Cancer Eclipse forecast. Up now!

July Skylights

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Much like June, July will be busy, eventful and anything but dull.  With some extremely magical highs will come some potentially difficult lows, so you’ll need to keep your wits about you and remain philosophical when it comes to plans and developments. As if that weren’t enough, we also have two eclipses to look forward to – look out for my forecast closer to the New Moon on the 13th.

In the meanwhile, here’s a last of starry signposts to mark in your diary.

July 2018 Skylights:

5-8 July – Sun trine Jupiter and Neptune. Picking up where Venus left off,  the Sun in Cancer reactivates the water grand trine so prominent during June. Once again we are encouraged to combine deep wisdom and heartfelt compassion with a soulful, nurturing approach to living. This time, though, you’ll need to cultivate an attitude that goes beyond simply explaining or valuing this energy – you’ll need to actually embrace, if not embody what you believe in. The upshot, though, is the potential for a deep sense of confidence, happiness and wellbeing that goes beyond the realm of anything you may have experienced before. Feel it and then try to integrate this into your life. Quite a feat, but one worth aspiring to.

By the way: As was the case in June, these periods won’t be free from a few speedhumps, this time from Mercury in Leo, which will knock heads, first with Mars in Aquarius on the 5th, and then with Jupiter in Scorpio on the 9th. This could lead to a few clashes of viewpoint and opinions. Tolerance for attention seeking or self-righteous behaviour will be quite low now, so diva’s may want to save their strops for another day. Leave your ego at home on these two days and you should be just fine.

10/11 July – Jupiter direct. Those of you who may have been wondering what happened to all that incredibly healing, deeply insightful and expansive energy that seemed to disappear in March, fear not: Jupiter is set to change direction this month! This means a return to full throttle for the planet of wisdom and good fortune.  Break out the champagne! It’s time to reaffirm your faith in the profound abundance and ultimate goodness of the universe.

12-14 July Venus trine Uranus and Saturn. This month, love gets both exciting and serious in quick succession, thanks to a series of trines between Venus and two of the key outer planets. Instant chemistry  – think eyes locking across a crowded room type of scenario – is a distinct possibility on the 12th, as are flashes of creative inspiration and unexpected windfalls; while on the 14th, talk may move quite naturally toward making plans for the future. This is earthy energy, so while sexy and touchy-feely, it is also very real and pragmatic. Plans and promises made now are sincerely meant – and kept – so have complete faith in whatever happens now. This is no fantasy – it’s 100% real.

By the way: Just before the New Moon, the Sun and Moon will come to blows with Pluto, which could temporarily muddy your emotional waters, making it difficult to know who to trust. What’s really going on is a re-calibration as people try to find a healthy balance between wanting to nurture others and protect themselves from hurt and abuse.  See any tension as a release of tension before things reset themselves firmly in favour of the heart at the New Moon Solar Eclipse on the 13th.

22-24 July – Venus sextile Jupiter,  opposition Neptune. Another high followed by a corresponding low – we should be getting to used to this cosmic rollercoaster ride by now, but somehow when it comes to the things and people we value, it’s never that easy to accept or come to terms with. It’s not that the bold moves or dramatic gestures of the 22nd are insincere, it’s just that expectations may be too high  – or just downright unrealistic – and so this may need to be corrected on the 24th. The lesson to take from this series of transits is that when people disappoint you, it’s not always because you’ve bet on the wrong horse, but perhaps rather more to do with the fact that they are only human, and the bar you may have set for them is just too high for anyone to meet. So throw ticklists out of the window and cut people a bit of slack on the 24th. Over time, people will show you whether or not they are worthy of your affection, trust or energy. The trick is to wait and see, rather than rush into hasty pronouncements now when your judgement may be more than a little off. Far better to wait until the 28th when your perception will be keen, and important shifts can more easily be negotiated.

25-27 July – Sun square Uranus, opposite Mars.  Fireworks and sparks could definitely fly during this short window as the Sun, now in haughty Leo, crosses swords with two of the most masculine and uncooperative of planets, Mars and Uranus. If you are a leader or boss,  take note: this is not a time to try and strong arm or browbeat people into submission – that style of leadership will just spark a rebellion.  A much more egalitarian, chummy approach is what is required to get people on board with your plans or convince others of your importance.

Substance over style will definitely pique interest, especially if you are trying to get the attention of the computer guy, or tech department. Think out of the box ideas but subtle, down to earth execution. Otherwise, what with Mercury about to turn retrograde, things could really begin to unravel.

Think back to the 23rd of June and try to rekindle the goodwill created back then if you want to keep talks and existing relationships moving forward. Whatever you do, tread carefully and try not to sign any contracts or make any promises or announcements now – the potential for things to unravel due to misunderstandings caused by Mercury retrograde is just too great to take any chances.

26 July – Mercury retrograde. We’d almost forgotten what it was like to experience all the misunderstandings, travel nightmares and tech head-scratchers that usually accompany a Mercury retrograde period, because we’ve had so few this year. Now, as if to say, ‘Not so fast!’, Mercury switches direction for some playful high jinks in flamboyant Leo. Luckily, this is a short retro spell, lasting until 19 August. Still, given the sign Mercury is in, expect that if things go wrong, then they will do so spectacularly. So go large, or go home. (I know what I would do…especially between 25-27 July – hide!)

28 July – Venus trine Pluto. If you’ve felt as though you’ve been on an emotional, or creative, rollercoaster ride this month, you may be pleased to hear that while life won’t be any less eventful, it certainly has the potential to turn a positive corner towards month end. When Venus in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn combine their sharp, precise and highly focused energy, things really can improve  – and get done. No obstacle is too great to overcome now, if you and others cooperate and put your minds to it. So although intense and potentially game-changing,  this combination is also highly transformative, incredibly healing and deeply moving. Shared passion, profound connection and deep commitments to reform are all possible now.

Coming off the back of the lunar eclipse on the 27th, this combination could very likely bring about ‘do or die, scenarios’ and/or ‘make or break’ decisions. However, the key thing to remember is that what’s meant to be will be, and what’s meant for you won’t pass you by. So if something ends now, it’s more than likely outstayed its welcome. Equally,  though, what remains has the potential to really stand the test of time.