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Aspects for the week beginning 21 August 2016

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny

Our Golden couple at the Olympics

The Olympics didn’t completely pass me by, and among the snippets which managed to present themselves to me (while passing through the hubby’s television room) was the triumph of Laura Trott (medal tally 4 golds) and Jason Kenny (medal tally 6 golds).

Laura Trott

Cycling as a sport is ruled by Mercury, and that planet is an important focus when looking at her chart, also because she suffered asthma as a child, and a collapsed lung when born prematurely (Mercury related health conditions).  She has the Sun in the sign of endurance, Taurus, the Moon either in Capricorn or Aquarius (no birth time available) and Mercury is in Aries the sign of speed.  There are no planets in Gemini (the sign ruled by Mercury and associated with cycling) but Gemini may be her Ascendant.  Interestingly, Mercury is largely unaspected in her chart.  This sometimes means a failure to integrate the principle represented by that planet, but can mean the freedom to express it in a very individualistic way.  Mercury does trine Chiron (which is good for self-healing) and squares the Nodal Axis (which puts her in a leadership role with other cyclists).

She has 5 planets in Cardinal signs (leadership) and 5 planets in Earth signs (very grounded).

But the main outstanding feature of her chart is a Grand Trine in Earth between the Sun in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and the North Node in Capricorn.  Luck and positivity are a major feature of her success, and when interviewed after gaining her medal in the Omnium on Tuesday evening she admitted she did not know how she did it!

She also has an important exact trine between Mars and Pluto (indicating superhuman energy and reserves!).  Uranus conjuncts exactly her Neptune (high energy, complex, anarchic quality too).

Jason Kenny

Her fiance broke the records on the same evening, after a third attempt at the Kierin race (the first two races were aborted because of overlapping).  He displayed great patience (he has Sun square Saturn exactly) and calmness throughout the crisis.  When interviewed and asked what was going through his mind he said “Nothing really” – very chilled!

Jason has almost the exact same element and quadruplicity balance as Laura, so they are alike in some ways.  Laura has 2 Fire planets, 5 Earth, 1 Air and 2 Water.  Jason has 1 Fire planet, 6 Earth, 1 Air and 2 Water.  Laura and Kenny both have 5 planets in Cardinal signs, 3 in Fixed and 2 in Mutable. In addition, both have Moons hardly aspected, which may make them equable in mood.

I wrote on the London Olympics in August 2012:

“I spotted that Gold medal winners Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Mo Farah (all different years) were all born on 23rd March.”

Jason’s brilliance is shown by Uranus conjunct his Sun.  His Mercury (the bike) is well-aspected: it sextiles Neptune and trines Pluto, and he’s got a good head on his shoulders.

Like Laura, he is strong on leadership, with Mars sextile North Node.  Jupiter trine exactly Saturn gives him great balance, in decision making as well as on the bike.  He also has as part of his toolkit Jupiter trine Uranus (The Entrepreneur), so he knows how to take advantage of opportunities.

Synastry

The compatibility between the two is phenomenal.  Jason’s Sun exactly trines Laura’s natal Chiron (keys into her Mercury-Chiron Trine), his Venus trines exactly her Uranus.  His Venus trines exactly her Neptune/Uranus, her exact conjunction. His Mars sextiles exactly her natal Mars – energies exactly in tandem!

But most importantly, his Jupiter/Uranus entrepreneurial trine keys right into her Grand Trine (with his Jupiter on her Sun and trine her Jupiter, his Jupiter exactly trine her natal North Node).  His North Node in Capricorn conjuncts her North Node, so they enable each other and magnify each other’s abilities.

We’ll certainly watch their future with interest, as they reportedly take a break to focus on their wedding, which hopefully won’t be a Hello magazine job, as Laura says she likes a quiet life out of the limelight.

Aspects

The aspects this week are a mixed bag.  On Monday (22nd) Mercury will be conjunct Jupiter which is an upbeat start to the week.  If you are travelling or on holiday, your horizons will be wide and your mind broadened.  If you are at work, sales and business will be brisk and full of opportunities.  Communication is greatly assisted by this conjunction, whether at home, away or in the office.  This conjunction takes place at 26 degrees Virgo, so if there is any element of challenge it may come from the factor that the conjunction squares the Galactic Centre.  But generally this is a “good news” aspect.

In the afternoon, the Sun enters Virgo, and you may be called to attend to a detail of work or autumn schedules, even if you are technically on holiday, unless you are away without your mobile phone or email contact on a desert island.  But this could prove useful, and you may be glad later that you did respond to the summons.  The Sun is the last planet of the three fellow travellers to enter Virgo, as Mercury and Venus are already there.  So it may feel in some way that the holiday mood is slowly ebbing away.  Live it up on Sunday, therefore!  You can still be on holiday, but there may be an element of having to work at it, and not being as carefree as you would like.  There may be overtones of duty, or guilt, or preoccupation, worry or health regimes to stick to.  Make sure you fall on the positive side of these Virgo elements, and you’ll have a good time.  Better still if you are fashionably geeky, an anorak, or collecting statistic such as train spotting data.

On Wednesday (24th) Mars conjuncts Saturn at 9 degrees Sagittarius, which is seen by some as a stuck energy, but can be a holding energy.  Astrologer Alan Oken describes this aspect as trying to drive with the brakes on.  It tempers the flow of your energy somewhat with self-control.  As the conjunction takes place in Sagittarius, the exuberant side (Mars) of the equation may win out over the restrictive side (Saturn), but there will still be a need for some boundary.  This conjunction takes place close to the star Antares, the alpha star in the constellation of Scorpio.

Some considerations from “Starlight Elixirs” by Michael Smulkis and Fred Smulkis may therefore be useful:

” Antares can bring to consciousness an inner awareness of pastlife connections to deep states of malaise…As this information becomes more available, this can enhance the ability to understand the shadow self, know it, and released certain components of it.”

and

“Antares influences the place just before choice and does so in a very beautiful way.  If you attune to this in any way, asking with love in your heart for the higher path to be shown, so it will be.  The opportunities for this may come forth in ways that were perhaps unexpected.”

Friday (26th) starts with a square between Mars and Neptune, confusing energies and actions.  Dogs and cars may behave erratically or mysteriously.  There may be ambiguity, unclear signals,  physical sensitivity or spiritual messages which are difficult to interpret.  Energies may be frittered, and water currents difficult to read.

But the week ends late on Saturday (27th) on a real high, one of the best aspects of the year: Venus conjunct Jupiter at 27 degrees Virgo.  This is an ideal aspect for a party, soiree or celebration, a commemoration or social get together.  Most folk will be well disposed, and there should be the good will for such an event.  Romance may be on the cards for some. Bring on the buffet and the bubbly!

The week in bullet points:

  • Monday – splendid
  • Wednesday – a block
  • Friday – confused energies
  • Saturday – celebration

Aspects for the week beginning 14 August 2016

A Compatibility Guide for Leos

Are you a Leo, or do you have a friend, relative or partner born under that sign?

Leo Sun with Aries Sun ****

Here’s a really sunny combination, but these two are both born leaders, so they might need to take it in turns to lead.  Or they may create a group around them who are happy for them to host gatherings.  They can create a really feel good ambience.

Leo Sun with Taurus Sun

Taurus’ natural style is to support, and Leo’s is to lead, so this relationship can work so long as Taurus doesn’t harbour a desire to lead.  There may be some friction, as these two signs are squared, but at a certain level of relationship the two Souls can unite in harmony, and achieve much together.  They may share cultural interests, and practical forms of creativity.

Leo Sun with Gemini Sun

As with Aries, there is a good and lively compatibility.  If the Gemini is easy going, then the relationship will be more harmonious, and Geminis tend to be adaptable.  Leo may well set the pace of the relationship.  This can be a very upbeat partnership, in which the two can create a lot of light together if they are both positive individuals.  Two historic lovers in this combination were Napoleon (Leo) and Josephine (Gemini), their romance recorded in his ardent letters.

Leo Sun with Cancerian Sun

People of neighbouring signs often have planets in each other’s sign.  Therefore their planets may mingle, which will give them something in common.  It can be a good combination for parenting, with the Cancerians #lovin’familylife and Leos adopting a paternalistic role.  Leo Mick Jagger had 4 children with Cancerian Jerry Hall, before they finally divorced.

Leo Sun with Leo Sun

Partnerings of the same sign are usually good, because there is a fundamental understanding of each other.  With Leo, there is a particular difficulty because they both like power, and this could lead to a clash of egos, or a battle of wills.  However, this could be a very creative combination, e.g. in a performing duo.

Leo Sun with Virgo Sun

This is a classic pairing, and not just because they are neighbours in the zodiac and may have planets in each other’s sign.  With the Leo penchant for leading, and the Virgo desire to give service, you often find a Virgo in Leo’s pocket.  These two signs seem to follow each other around.  For example, you may find they share a bond within the theatrical world, with Leo treading the boards and Virgo working behind the scenes to make a perfect production.

Leo Sun with Libra Sun

This is a lovely partnership, which can be great fun in art, music and general creativity.  They can really inspire each other, and Libran people skills result in a fine handling of Leo’s power issues.  For example, Librans can tactfully smooth things over and harmonize situations, and help appropriate boundaries to be drawn.  These two can share a love of luxury.  There’s a quote from romantic Libran Brian Blessed about his relationship with Leo wife Hildegard Neil (married since 1978):

“Every day I wake up with my wife and we both can’t wait for the day to start.  We hold hands and we’re immensely happy. The love just grows”

Leo Sun with Scorpio Sun

This could be a difficult combination.  Though Leo is an acknowledge leader outwardly, Scorpio has a desire to dominate emotionally and psychologically, and won’t let Leo get away with superficialities.  So there can be a running battle, which may be open or unspoken.  They are both strong willed and stubborn (Fixed signs) so would find it difficult to apologize, with Leo pride being at stake, and Scorpio conviction of always being right.  Where their partnership may be strong, would be where they have a common cause or battle to fight.  Power is also a strong theme for both of them, so you might see them in politics together, e.g. Bill Clinton (Leo) and Hillary Clinton (Scorpio), and they may have to take it in turns to hold the reins.

Leo Sun with Sagittarius Sun ****

Life could be a bowl of cherries with these two.  Leo is magnanimous and Sagittarius fun loving, and they would magnify these traits in each other.  They could throw tremendous parties together, and also be successful materially and generous with their gifts.

Leo Sun with Capricorn Sun

At first acquaintance, these two may not have very much in common.  Leo is hedonistic, and Capricorn can be quite austere or even ascetic.  So their lifestyles may not suit each other, although they may give each other what the other lacks: Capricorn can bring discipline to the table, and Leo warmth and trust. Capricorn can keep Leo down to earth.

Leo Sun with Aquarius Sun

These two are opposites, and therefore can be complementary and create a whole.  At a lower level of interaction, there can be tension, but the relationship is worth working at.  Aquarius understands group work, and Leo understands how to maintain individuality within a group, so they may find themselves working in society for the common good.  They have a hotline to each other.  Leo admires the Aquarian cool, and Aquarius admires the Leo flair.

Leo Sun with Pisces Sun

The angle between the two Suns may not be entirely easy, but they have much to give each other.  They are both creative in different ways, and may both be interested in the theatre.  Leo is a master at performance, and Pisces acts with great sensitivity and intuition.  Their creativity together can be inspired.

 

A full compatibility analysis details every component of the two birthcharts in relation to each other, not just the Sun sign.  As there is a lot of work involved, it is my most expensive service, at £45.

Aspects

There are two trines to look forward to this week, in the middle of some more complex aspects, but that is a solid core you can build on.

On Sunday (14th) Neptune opposes Venus, which may complicate dealings in relationships and finance.  All may not be as it seems.  Someone may be putting on a front, or disguising their real feelings – a wolf in sheep’s clothing, perhaps, or mutton dressed as lamb…But you may see the mask slip at some point.  It may be you yourself who are wrestling with your true feelings, or trying not to hurt someone.  Either way, there could be some sensitive scenarios socially.

On the financial front, some money may disappear or slip through your fingers.  Make sure you have your hands on your purse, when you are socializing with the wolves and the sheep.  And if that all sounds a bit paranoid, then make sure you know where you keep your paranoia so that you can deal with it appropriately, either by inspecting it or letting it go (according to your philosophy).  Financial investments, stocks or shares, may temporarily experience bizarre fluctuations, especially for Neptunian substances such as oil.  It is a time when you might feel that your finances are not on a solid footing.

On Tuesday (16th) Venus conjuncts the North Node, and there could be karmic readjustments in connection with relationships and money, which should be helpful, unless you have really been negligent.  It could be an important day in terms of meeting people, new people or old people, people from this lifetime, a past lifetime or even a future lifetime.  Pay attention to any unusual meetings, as they may be more significant than you realize.

You could literally experience a financial payback, e.g. an income tax rebate, or money you might have given up on retrieving that day.  But of course we can’t all be receiving that day: some of us might be required to be the giver!  You might pre-empt this by searching your memory for someone you may owe something to, e.g. a good deed, and intentionally balancing this out.  Feelings can be warm and fuzzy today.

In the evening, Uranus trines the Sun, which is helpful if you are brainstorming for new ideas, originality in creativity, and gaining clarity about group consciousness.  This is a particularly successful aspect for Leos and Aquarians, and for their interaction.  Any lessons learned that day about individuality and group connections will stand you in good stead for Thursday.

Thursday (18th) begins in the early hours with the second trine of the week: Pluto trine Venus.  You could feel certain themes you have been working on earlier on in the week coming together satisfyingly, especially in finance and relationships.  In struggling with these themes, you may have come across solutions which are able to stick.  You may have accessed a deeper level of understanding about these, and the knowing of your heart confirms the rightness of this new way of dealing with them.

By breakfast time, or more accurately late breakfast (in the U.K.) or a late lie-in (9.27 a.m.) another preoccupation may be tugging at your attention, and this is related to the themes of Tuesday evening: individuality and group interaction.  You might feel overwhelmed by the Full Moon in Aquarius which is occurring.  You may be pondering your place in your community, and how you fit into it.  This is one of the conundrums set by this Full Moon, and the rest of the day, and indeed the rest of the week, may be a coming to terms with your conclusions.

The week in bullet points:

  • Sunday – look beyond the surface
  • Tuesday – karmic harmony and creative brilliance
  • Thursday – deep satisfaction but emotional tension


Aspects for the week beginning 7 August 2016

Vincent Van Gogh

“But I could have told you, Vincent,

This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you” ~ Don McLean

Searching for alternative viewing from the Olympics last night, I settled into a fascinating investigation of the truth behind the tale of Vincent Van Gogh’s ear on BBC 2.  This also coincides with an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, entitled “On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and his Illness.”

His Birth Chart

Often, I focus on the aspects in my blogs, partly because a proportion of the people I write about do not have available birth times.  But Vincent was born on 30th March 1853 at 11 a.m. in Zundert, Holland, and his chart really comes alive as seen through a trip through his Houses.

His Ascendant was in the third decanate of Cancer, giving a personality whose emotions would fluctuate from day to day.  Much of his 1st House falls in the sign of Leo, which is one of the indicators of a fondness for the colour yellow.

Vincent’s I.C. (which represents security) falls in his 3rd House of Siblings.  His brother Theo was born on 1st May 1857, and we have been able to see much of Vincent’s life through the published letters between Vincent and his art dealer brother.  He also kept Vincent afloat financially as much as he could.

5th House of Creativity:

At the end of the House is a triple conjunction between the Moon, the South Node, and Jupiter in Sagittarius.

The Moon/Jupiter represents the florid emotions and fervent passion of his painting, and the prolific output of his creativity.  It is the manic side of the possible bi-polar syndrome he might have suffered from.  In her book “Touched with Fire” Kay Redfield Jamison gives evidence that Vincent’s family had a history of mental illness.  She quotes Vincent himself rather fatalistically as stating “The root of the evil lies in the constitution itself, in the fatal weakening of families from generation to generation…The root of the evil certainly lies there, and there’s no cure for it.”

This conjunction points to a closeness with the mother and the family, and his mother (Moon) was by all accounts very religious (Jupiter).

The addition of the South Node to this conjunction conjures up a picture of Vincent as a pious figure in past lives.

6th House of Health:

At the end of the 6th House of Health we find Chiron in Capricorn, which is closely conjunct the Descendant and opposing his Ascendant (physical body).  This points to his delicate health during his lifetime, and the prominence of a wound.  Unfortunately, he was never able to work through his wound sufficiently to bring out his Inner Healer, which is a process which normally takes place throughout a person’s life: the Chiron Return which occurs at the age of 50 is the coming of age for the Inner Healer.

Chiron’s presence here may also represent his friend and homeopathic doctor Paul Gachet, whom he painted.  Chiron can be a positive force in the 6th House, especially in the 21st Century when there are alternatives to historic conventional medical approaches.

As well as Chiron being bound up with his health concerns, it is also inextricably bound up with his relationships, being on the Descendant (or relationship point).  He had apparently a lifelong care for those who were unfortunate or poor, and he also suffered a great deal of rejection in his relationships.

8th House of Death:

In the 8th House Vincent has the planet Neptune, which represents a tendency to suicide.  Again, he was not able to overcome the vulnerability of this placing, which does not automatically lead to suicide, and indeed can indicate great spirituality and connection to the Source.  Neptune itself receives an sextile from Saturn, which should have been more stabilizing.  As time went on, it resulted in his contrasting charisma and sympathy after death, a sad irony when viewing his rejection and lack of recognition in his lifetime.

9th House of Foreign Travel and Religion:

This is another important House for Vincent.  It contains a triple conjunction of Venus/Mars/Midheaven in Pisces, and a conjunction of the Part of Fortune/The Sun in Aries.  The first conjunction depicts his career as a prolific and energetic artist, and the second depicts the search for himself and the quality of joy that also comes through his work.  The Sun also represents the father, and his father was a Minister.  In this placing too you can see his journey to Arles and the outstanding quality of sunlight which gave life to his painting there.  The Sun in Aries gives rise to the red hair, with the extra stamp of Mars closely trine the Ascendant (physical appearance).  Aries also represents the head, and the ears.

10th House of Career:

He had largely difficult planets in his House of Career.  Mercury at the top of his chart would not be difficult, but it squares his Ascendant and brings an ever-present nervousness to his physical existence.  That placing, together with North Node in Gemini in 11th House (his dream of brotherhood) suggests that his true purpose was as a teacher.  Pluto, Uranus and Saturn are the other inhabitants of this House, all challenging on his Career path.  Pluto occupies an interesting position at 0 degrees Taurus, pointing to his attempt at a groundbreaking art movement. Jonathan Jones, writing in the Guardian, says: “he invented a new kind of art that would come to be called expressionism.”

Here we also find a conjunction of Mercury and Pluto, which is the depressive side of his mental equation.  Pluto is not the flat depression of Saturn (which is well aspected in his chart), it represents more of an existential angst which constantly pulls his mind into a life and death struggle.  There again, there is a transformative potential about this conjunction, which he did display signs of in his intense vision and insight as portrayed in his art.

The Mystery of the Ear

In the programme the search by Bernadette Murphy, a resident of Arles, is detailed, a painstaking journey of great perseverance over many years to establish what actually happened.  I will try not to give away too much, as the programme is still available on I Player!  But there are intriguing features of this tale, such as whether he severed the whole ear or just the lobe, and the role of the young girl he gave the ear to the next day, and the programme gives satisfying answers to these questions.  What is most relevant to astrological research is that two things happened the day of his self-inflicted ear injury.  One was that he had an argument with fellow artist Paul Gauguin, who was abandoning the dream of an artist colony in Arles, and Vincent allegedly threatened with him with a razor.  The other event was a letter received from his brother Theo announcing his engagement to Johanna, which would threaten their closeness and exacerbate Vincent’s loneliness.

Timing

What was going on in the heavens that fateful evening that Vincent severed his ear (23rd December 1888)?  How do the planetary positions relate to Vincent’s chart, Gauguin’s chart, and Theo’s?

Transits to Vincent’s own chart shows that he may well have been having a manic episode: Jupiter was on his Moon, Uranus sextile his Moon, Mars square his Saturn (self-inflicted injury).

Gauguin had natally Mars square exactly Vincent’s Pluto – a potential for combustibility!  At the time of the argument, Pluto was on Gauguin’s Venus (relationship), Mars trine exactly his natal Sun.  There was an emphasis in his transits on the planets of freedom, Jupiter and Uranus. Uranus was square Gauguin’s Jupiter (he wanted to break free); Jupiter was on Gauguin’s Jupiter (a lucky escape); Jupiter trine exactly Gauguin’s Uranus (again the theme of freedom); he was undergoing his Uranus Opposition (mid-life crisis, again wanting to break free).  Two years later, Gauguin made his first visit to Tahiti, where his destiny lay, but this may have been a defining moment for Gauguin.

For Theo, Mars was opposite his Moon, a family crisis; Saturn was square Theo Mars (difficulty for a male in his life); Neptune was conjunct Theo’s Mercury (mental confusion); Pluto was sextile Theo’s North Node/Ascendant, a change in life circumstances (relating not only to Vincent’s trouble, but also a change in relationship status).

This does not sound too romantic for one who had just become engaged, and indeed we do not know when the engagement took place or when he wrote and sent the letter.  So I had a look at his fiancee Johanna’s chart: She had some mixed influences at the time, too, but Uranus was sextile her Uranus (favourable changes) and Chiron sextile her Pluto (so some personal healing for her).

Vincent’s Death

The period of painting which followed the ear incident rsulted in some of the most prolific and successful for Vincent (although he only sold one painting in his lifetime).  He shot himself on 27th July 1890, and died two days later.  Again, his transits point to a manic period of excitability at that time:  Jupiter squared his Uranus, Uranus trined his North Node, and Uranus squared his Chiron (a decisive point for his Inner Healer, and the strain was too much).

Posthumous Postscripts

Again, not giving away the narrative of the television programme, but a letter or document written and signed by the doctor who treated Vincent for his ear (Felix Ray, also the subject of a portrait) was dated 18th August 1930.  This letter was crucial in its significance, and the relation to his chart posthumously is most positive:

Jupiter was trine exactly Vincent Sun, the North Node was conjunct exactly his natal Mars (his Sun ruler) and Neptune trine exactly his natal Jupiter.  Vincent would have been smiling about this.

The screening of the “Ear” programme too compares very favourably to Vincent’s chart:

Saturn is exactly trine his Sun, Chiron exactly conjunct his natal Mars; Uranus is exactly trine his natal Jupiter; Pluto trine exactly his natal Saturn in 10th House (a significant and deep insight into the realistic portrayal of his life); Chiron is exactly trine his Ascendant on his 9th House cusp (representing a healing for him); and extremely significantly Neptune has exactly returned to its natal position in the 8th House of Posthumous reputation, clearing up some of the mysteries of his life, and invoking compassion and understanding for his struggles.  Again, he would be very pleased to have this clarification.  If he has not reincarnated, he would not be turning in his grave!

Aspects

A slightly more challenging week this…so fasten your safety belts.

The early hours of this morning saw a square between Venus and Mars, which may have been stimulating emotionally or romantically.

In the middle of the afternoon (in the U.K.) Neptune opposes Mercury, and we may be mentally befuddled, or allow ourselves a little reverie, distraction or mental escapism.  Travelwise, journeys may be complicated.

On Tuesday (9th), Mercury is conjunct the North Node at 13 degrees Virgo, concentrating the mind on the meaning of events and possible karmic nuances.  There may be fine discussions or splitting hairs about the rights and wrongs of actions.

Wednesday (10th) brings a trine between Mercury and Pluto which builds towards the evening.  You may be supported by your inner knowing along a line of thought which incorporates your deepest psychological understanding.  By the evening, you could reach important conclusions.

Jupiter opposes Chiron on Friday (12th), and although an adverse Jupiter aspect is not usually too damaging, it could produce some deep dilemma, especially on the subject of health and healing and the right direction to take.  The dilemmas may concern how far to maintain an attitude of Trust and Hope, and how far to intervene.

First the good news for Saturday (13th) – Saturn goes stationary, preparing to turn direct.  Some aspect of your plans get the green light again, where they may have stalled around the end of March (when Saturn turned retrograde).

By late lunchtime however, Saturn squares Venus and some sadness in relationship or financial burden may require a process of letting go, and re-evaluating what is important to you.  Some better news will be coming next week…

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – sensuality and confusion
  • Tuesday – karmic information
  • Wednesday – profound insight
  • Friday – pulled in two directions
  • Saturday – some progress, and some deflation

Aspects for the week beginning 31 July 2016

Your Mercury Sign

Book Review: “Fish Can’t Climb Trees” by Helyn Connerr (published by Watkins books, 2016)

“Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein

Do you want to banish the Mercury retrograde blues which comes around regularly, at least partially?  I have been reading a fascinating book about enhancing communication by recognizing that we each have a different style of communicating, of taking in information and expressing it.  It is a method apparently which has been used in schools and other institutions with great success, and ties in with Astrology.  It is also reminiscent of my work with Animal Totems and Astrology, so for those of you who have enjoyed those blogs here’s some dessert!

It is based on taking the Mercury sign of the individual, which rules and represents the mental make up, and to a great extent (with caveats, such as aspects to your natal Mercury) shows how someone will learn most easily and  order their thoughts for communication.  Where lines of communication often fail is in the assumption that the other person thinks exactly the same way you do, which of course will often miss its mark. This book points the way to overcoming such blocks, and aiding those who have communication difficulties. I think this book is a valuable resource for teachers, anyone whose work depends on clear communication, and also assists personal relationships. Helyn Connerr, with a Masters in nuclear chemistry, was involved in leading-edge research in nuclear medicine in Boston, U.S.A.  Her previous book “Learning without Tears” was published in 2008, and her system, which has been extensively trialled, is called the Mercury Model, and is a resource to help parents understand children’s learning styles.

Your Mercury Sign

Do you know your own Mercury sign?  The book has an appendix in which you can look it up, but if you don’t know it, you could try on the Mercury for your Sun sign, which would have a one in three chance of being your actual Mercury sign, for Mercury is always either in the same sign or in one of your neighbouring sign, as it follows the Sun round the zodiac all the year round.  If that does not fit, you can look at the signs either side of your Sun, and you should find it.

Animal Totems

Regular readers will know that I have given extensive animal totems for each sign over the last year or two in my blogs, and in Helyn’s system, some (but not all) signs have been assigned animals.  And some of these accord with my own researches, and some are different, but it is all enjoyable and thought-provoking material, and in harmony with my approach.  The book is packed with examples and advice.  I will give you a sampler for each sign, and you may then want to go on and read the whole book:

Mercury in Aries

Scout, the Trailblazer

(represented as a Squirrel)

“I am quick on the uptake, active, direct, energetic, positive, lively and bright. I can be unflaggingly forceful and competitive.  And to everyone else, I am either stimulating or exhausting.”

Mercury in Taurus

Steady, the Vault

(represented as a Bison)

“I do not race at new ideas.  I take my time; I chew things over to be sure we will sustain each other happily over the long term.  I am not easily pushed, cajoled or led.  And, please note: if you try to hurry me along, I tend to slow down.”

Mercury in Gemini

Buzz, the Curious

(represented by a butterfly)

“I am a generalist. Just as a garden butterfly naturally touches lightly on every flower, stalk and stem, I dash across the surface of a wide spectrum of information.”

Mercury in Cancer

Sponge, the Sensitive

(represented by a koala bear)

“It would be really helpful and supportive for my family, friends, teachers/trainers, bosses, employees and colleagues to understand and work with my sensitivity, to see it and accept it as a natural part of my mental dynamics.”

Mercury in Leo

Rex, the Dignified

(represented by a lion)

“The crux of the matter is this: my thoughts are closely related to my identity.  The information I hold contributes to my sense of selfhood.  I am what I think.  Any idea that I take in goes right to my heart, to my core.”

Mercury in Virgo

Details, the Analyst

(represented by a monkey)

“I actually learn by separating large pieces of information into tiny bite-size bits.  I dissect.  I analyse.  I tear ideas apart, limb from limb.  I have to do this in order to learn.”

Mercury in Libra

Procon, the Diplomat

(represented by two parrots)

“My ability to argue both sides of an issue lets me develop excellent skills for debating, politics or law.  Ideas of fairness and justice are fundamental to my thinking.  This started in childhood and continues through my life.”

Mercury in Scorpio

Sherlock, the Detective

(represented by a snake)

“Here’s how I work.  As Sherlock I focus on new information with X-ray vision, seeing right to the core of the issue: the person, the lyrics, the news story, the painting, the game plan or whatever it is.”

Mercury in Sagittarius

Flash, the Pioneer

(represented by a fox)

“As Flash I am a positive, forward-driving mind.  I am optimistic and enthusiastic.  I am bright and lively and spiky and adventurous.  I boldly go where no mind has gone before.”

Mercury in Capricorn

Exec, The Achiever

(represented by a goat)

“As Exec, The Achiever, I am a hands-on learner.  I do not learn by looking, reading, talking, intuiting or feeling.  To really learn any new information, I have to get involved, try it out, test it, apply it in different circumstances, touch it, smell it, use it, measure it.”

Mercury in Aquarius

Boffin, the Innovator

(represented by a bird)

“My very favourites [ideas] comprise the set of all those ideas that nobody else has considered – the completely original ones that spring into or from my own mind, ideas that can become statements of my own individuality.”

Mercury in Pisces

Sonar, the Intuitive

(represented by a whale)

“My intuitive mind is highly visual and extraordinarily sensitive to what feels like a swirl of information around me.  I receive, absorb and interpret subtle signals that others apparently miss.  Ebbing and flowing like the tide, I never stay in one place very long.”

If you have read through these, and applied them to yourself, friends and family, it may have whetted your appetite for further research, application and reading.  I will definitely be incorporating this information in my own work.  Here’s to better communication on planet Earth!

Aspects

We are blessed with two trines tomorrow, so make the best of them!  It’s not a bad week overall, but does end on a difficult note.

In the early hours of the morning, Venus trines Uranus. You may want to start the week and month with a bold artistic flourish.  You may finish that beach mural on the office wall, or complete an artistic project or musical composition.  Social engagements will be exciting, and in some cases impromptu.  Perhaps you will bump into an old friend, and catch up in the nearest cafe.  Savour the vibe.

The second trine, occurring late afternoon, is Sun trine Saturn.  This is a more prosaic aspect.  Having had your fun in the sunshine, you may want to take stock and solidify your accomplishments, or even lay down plans.  The lyrical poetry you produced earlier in the day, or the new friendship that blossomed, may inspire you to make something more enduring out of the day’s inspiration.  It is a good foundation stone for the rest of the week.

At the same time the next day (17.49 Hrs to be precise) Tuesday (2nd August), Mars enters Sagittarius.  Mars has been in the warrior sign of Scorpio for months, and this has been partly responsible for the spate of violent incidents around the world.  The position of Mars describes the nature of our collective energy, and going into Sagittarius it is still high energy, but more joyful, and more focussed on good will.  However, it can be a little mischievous: I associate Mars in Sagittarius with the swashbuckling Pirate Archetype.  So, high spirits for Tuesday.  Mars goes into Capricorn on 27th September, so you have until then to practise your pirate moves.

In the evening, there is a New Moon at 10 degrees Leo.  That is an opportunity to turn up the volume on whatever activity you are enjoying.  A lot of you will be working this week, but there is a real holiday or party atmosphere going on. Take a moment to reflect on your creative goals for the coming month, and focus any affirmations or visualizations on them.  It is a glorious technicolour day.

On Friday (5th) pleasure loving Venus leaves Leo and enters the sign of Virgo.  Part of you is called back to work.  You may be needing to pay attention to the detail of decor or fashion taste.  You may be perfecting a recipe for your future debut in Masterchef.  There is a need for fastidiousness about choosing the company you keep, or holding true to your values.  Discrimination or discretion may be required, and this may conflict with the exuberant energy being expressed by Mars.  But the reckoning for these two planets in square does not have to be faced until the early hours of next Sunday (7th).  You may even enjoy the interplay of the contrast.

We end the week with Mercury square Saturn on Saturday (6th).  Journeys and post may be delayed, communications and conversations difficult.  After some of the heady days earlier in the week, there may be a feeling of anti-climax, e.g. you may have been on holiday and are stuck on a traffic jam on the A30 near Okehampton.  It will be difficult to get going on Saturday, whatever the plan, and it is one of those times to remember all things must pass.  The evening may be livelier, with the Venus-Mars square just past midnight, when next week’s blog will be a twinkle in the eye.

The week in bullet points:

  • Tomorrow – a golden day
  • Tuesday – high spirits
  • Friday – making fine choices
  • Saturday – slowing down

 

Aspects for the week beginning 24 July 2016

Current State of the Labour Party

Since the European Referendum, the Labour Party has been tearing itself apart.  The seeds of disunity were there before the Referendum, but the Brexit vote by the British public was the trigger, for first a failed coup, and now a new leadership contest.

There are two existent charts for the Labour Party: 27th February 1900 and 12th February 1906, both drawn up for 12 Noon in the absence of a precise time.

The character of the first chart shows Sun in Pisces, with 3 planets in Sagittarius.  Pluto opposes the North Node in Sagittarius and Neptune exactly opposes the Chiron at 24 degrees Sagittarius.  The Moon is in Aquarius.

The character of the second chart shows the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Chiron in Aquarius, with Sun/Venus being in exact conjunction.   The Moon of this chart is in Libra.  In keeping with socialist principles, this second chart would seem to accord more with the nature of the institution.

In assessing the impact of the European Referendum on these two charts, however, there is much more impact on the first chart.  On 23rd June, Jupiter was exactly square the Nodal Axis, and furthermore the Nodal Axis was conjunct Jupiter and therefore exactly square the Nodal Axis, creating a Grand Cross.  That is a major karmic impact.  Saturn was exactly conjunct the Labour Party Uranus (earthquake!).  Uranus was sextile its Neptune (a need for awakening) and trine its Chiron (a sharp call for healing), Neptune was square its Uranus (chaos) and Pluto was exactly square its Venus (personal relationships ripped apart).

By contrast, the transits for the second chart show Mars squaring its Sun/Venus (inflamed passions).

Division

The battle raging now is a battle for the heart and soul of the party, to determine whether it goes forward with its original principles (Jeremy Corbyn) or a watered down version to please more MPs (currently represented by Owen Smith).  New Labour (as represented by Tony Blair’s regime) is now out of favour, although many Labour MPs still believe in it.  After the referendum, some of the failure of the Remain campaign was put down to Jeremy Corbyn’s lukewarm attitude towards remaining, though officially he was on the remain side of the debate.

Jeremy Corbyn

I would rather not be writing about this subject this morning, partly because we have an internal schism in this very household!  Hubby believes that, as accused, Jeremy Corbyn has indeed proved to be an ineffective leader.  I still want to have a Labour leader with the values that he espouses, plus I have no problem with getting rid of Trident (as a pacifist) which is a sticking point for some.  But there are reports of dirty tricks on both sides of the divide, and our local Labour group, of which we have been members for the last year and regularly attended meetings, are all fervent Corbynistas – so much so, that hubby can barely get a word in edgeways.  Awkward!  Things can be tense over the low blood sugar dinner table, but I have told hubby I am not putting the Labour Party above our marriage.

I wrote about Jeremy’s chart a year ago:

“Sun in Gemini Jeremy Corbyn has 6 of his 10 planets in Air signs, so is a Thinker.  He has 0 Water planets, which reinforces the tendency to reason, although he is not without passion with his Moon conjunct Mars in Taurus.  His speaking talent is shown by Mercury conjunct Venus by 1 degree in Gemini, with a sextile to Pluto giving that depth.  Mercury-Venus also trines Neptune, which gives him his idealism and the ability to put this across.  He is very grounded, with an exact sextile between Uranus (the Rebel) and Saturn (Authority), and can balance these forces well.  His Sun is trine Jupiter, which helps promote a buoyant outlook.  His Sun opposes Chiron, so he has to maintain a balance in his health.  Authenticity is part of his karmic mission, with North Node in Aries.  We do not have his birth time, but know his Part of Fortune is in the 12th House, so he has a quiet sense of inner security.”

As I mentioned at the time, transiting Uranus was on Jeremy’s North Node during the Referendum vote, a sudden change in karmic progress.  That proved to be very accurate.

How does his chart square up to the two Labour charts?  Again, he seems to have more affinity, and karmic connection, with the first chart:  his Mercury/Venus on the South Node (a past life affinity with its principles), Venus conjunct its Pluto (a great affection for its deepest values), Uranus trine its Mars (the ability to proclaim its message energetically), and Pluto sextile its Pluto (a deep psychological connection and affinity).  His North Node trines exactly the Chiron of the Labour Party chart, so his karmic mission is an attempt to heal it (though some would accuse him of tearing it apart – this is the healing crisis).

With the second chart, his Sun sextiles its Mars (an energetic connection), and his Mercury trines its Mercury (intellectual compatibility and oratory).

Owen Smith

Moving on now to the new incumbent, who saw off Angela Eagle to become the sole contender against Jeremy Corbyn, we have Owen Smith in the other corner.  Owen Smith has 0 Water planets in his chart.  Despite the warm toned voice, he is fairly lacking in emotion astrologically speaking.  But then, so is Jeremy, who also has 0 planets in Water! Jeremy is mostly air (intellectual theory), but Owen has 4 planets in Earth (so is quite practical and pragmatic).  Owen can also be quite authoritarian and strong willed (Sun exactly conjunct Saturn in Taurus), and his leadership aspirations (manifesting so early in his political career) come from the Sun sextile his North Node (karmic mission).  His Mercury trines Pluto, so he is confident of his intellectual power and psychological perceptions.  His Venus is trine exactly Uranus, so he has social popularity.  He has Mars trine Uranus in his chart in Air signs, and would have skill in engineering (he has worked in biotechnology), or even social engineering.  His Mars exactly squares the Nodal Axis, so he is a fighter but he could also divide people (although his stated aim is to unite the party).  I do not personally believe he has the depth and experience to provide a viable leadership, but he seems to be the best candidate the MPs could throw up.

The transits for Owen when Angela Eagle withdrew from the Labour leadership race this week were not outstanding: Mars was sextile his Pluto, giving him some impetus, Saturn was opposite his Mars (a difficult responsibility), and Neptune was sextile his Sun/Saturn conjunction (implying that this is an exercise of spiritual growth for his Soul).

He too has more connection with the first chart for Labour, though nothing like the intimate connection that Jeremy has.  Owen’s Mars squares the Labour Sun (again emphasizing strife and division, rather than unity) and opposes its Jupiter (injecting some revival of fire within the party).  This enthusiasm is reinforced by his Jupiter exactly trine the Labour Party Mars.  Owen’s Pluto squares the Labour Party Neptune (a deep challenge) and squares its Chiron, creating a T-square and deepening the challenge.

With the second chart, his Uranus opposes the Labour Mars (emphasizing rebellion and hinting at participation in a coup).

Labour Leadership Election

The new leader will become known on 24th September 2016.

At this time, Uranus (need for change) will still be on Jeremy Corbyn’s North Node.  If he wins, as is very likely, he will need to change in order to work with other MPs.  Around that time (19th September to be precise) Jupiter will be trine his Jupiter, indicating success.  It could be that a few days before the result, the polls will show a good standing for him, and the polls might be accurate.  A win for him at that time will still bring many problems in its wake as to how to go forward for the party in general, how to resolve differences, whether he can actually form a Shadow Cabinet, and most crucially whether the party will split altogether.

The astrological showing for Owen at that time is most lacklustre: Neptune squares his natal Mars, which could leave him confused and wondering about his direction.  This slow-moving transit does not become exact until 1st/2nd November, at which time he may be under pressure to change his tune.

In a consistent pattern occurring right through this study, the first Labour Party chart again has the most resonance looking at this period.  Mars trines its Mars (onwards), Jupiter squares its Saturn (dilemmas to resolve), Uranus sextile its Neptune (new ideas) and Neptune square Jupiter (trying to keep the faith, but which faith?).

How will the party go forward?  It is anybody’s guess; the same dilemmas will exist, and there will still be divisions.  It’ll be time for another blog on the subject no doubt.

Aspects

The aspects begin on Wednesday (27th) this week, which gives time for those readers who don’t manage to read this at the starting position!  Mercury trines Uranus on that day, which is mentally stimulating and sparkling.  Your mind may be crowded with new ideas, and communication will be zippy.  Make the most of this opportunity, because Uranus is about to go retrograde.

There are three aspects to Mercury this week, so again Geminis and Virgos seem to be strongly affected.  By Friday (29th), Mercury squares Mars, so all this heightened communication may become irritating, wearing you to a frazzle mentally.  Too many emails, too many messages on Facebook, words spoken in haste, that sort of thing.  Minor accidents or incidents could also be possible, such as minor cuts and bruises.  Your instincts may be to work fast, but it would be wiser to slow down and become more contemplative.  You might find that you are trying to work to a deadline, but examine whether that is just a mental construct which you might be able to let go of.

In the evening, Uranus does make that turn, and this may affect long term plans, and the performance of the technologies people rely on so much.  Interestingly, it is the date for the deadline on free conversion to the dreaded Windows 10.  I took the plunge this week accordingly (facilitated by hubby) without any adverse effects.  So if you are reading this, and you are still not plugged into Windows 10, may I remind you of this deadline.  So with Uranus going into spanner-in-the-works mode on Friday evening, you may find that some types of plans (mainly communication or technology based) grind to a halt, or go backwards.  This may cause consternation, but remember that timing is all.  It may just not be the right time for something to go through.  Put your attention elsewhere for the time being.

On Saturday (30th) Mercury enters Virgo.  It may seem too early to be knuckling down to Autumn work schedules or academic planning, but astrologically it is the perfect time.  You can still have some summer holiday fun (indeed with the U.K. weather we seem to have only just got started), but if you can find time to do some early research or documentation you may find that it flows just now.  I always set 31st July as my tax return starting point, so am hoping that Mercury going into Virgo will assist that painful process.

In the meantime, happy holidays!  We will still have the Sun and Venus in Leo to play with.

The week in bullet points:

  • Wednesday – brilliant minds
  • Friday – mental fractiousness and disruption
  • Saturday – quiet application

Aspects for the week beginning 17 July 2016

Theresa May

Another tumultuous week: On Monday, Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the Conservative leadership contest, disrupting Angela Eagle’s Labour leadership bid (Mercury square Uranus), David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister and Theresa May prepared to take on that mantle.  Theresa May met the Queen and was asked to form a cabinet on Wednesday, and surprised us with some of her appointments: it was portrayed as a brutal culling of the existing order (the Notting Hill set) by the media.  On Thursday evening, a lorry driver ploughed through crowds in Nice (Mars quincunx Uranus), killing at least 84 people; and on Friday evening, there was an attempted coup in Turkey (Sun square Uranus), killing at least 265.  It is all too much for the head, heart and soul.  I intend to concentrate today on Theresa May, our new Prime Minister, and though there is much I could write about her new cabinet, I will keep that to a bare minimum.

Her Birthchart

My 2014 reading of Theresa’s chart was:

“Theresa’s chart shows Saturn conjunct the North Node (a serious responsible life purpose working through politics) squaring Pluto (her struggles have a life or death quality to them).  Mercury sextiles the North Node/Saturn conjunction, so she is able to concentrate her mind and apply it to concerns which are important to her.  Her Sun in Libra sextiles Uranus, and she is capable of thinking outside the box.  Her Jupiter opposite Mars shows a fiery side, but there is also an interest in healing situations (Sun trine Chiron) and diplomacy (Mars in Pisces and Sun in Libra) which may show up later in life.”

Her Mars in Pisces is interesting, and I would like to pick that up.  Mars represents the Inner Warrior in the chart, and David Ruffley has been quoted as observing:

“She has developed a reputation for being a very tough operator and an incredibly successful Whitehall warrior.”  She has been applauded for staying in the difficult post of Home Secretary for 6 years.

In Complete Astrology by Alan Oken, he describes Mars in Pisces thus:

“There is either a tendency toward a lack of cohesive direction in personal goals or an ability to bring together many facets of a situation, so that one is in a controlling if somewhat clandestine position.  Mars in Pisces can therefore make a great strategist or an incompetent.”

From being hailed a few years ago as a possible future Prime Minister, she kept her head down for a while, biding her time…

A different facet of her Mars in Pisces is a sensitivity and some compassion.  She was the first to observe that the Conservative Party had come to be thought of as the “Nasty Party” in 2002, and was anxious to provide a different prospect this week when setting out her stall.

In her inaugural speech, she made much of the principle of Unity, a province of her Sun sign Libra, but it must be remembered that Margaret Thatcher (the first female Prime Minister) was a Libran, and so was David Cameron (not particularly known for being a unifying force).  Her Sun is however closely trine Chiron in Aquarius (which is healing and humanitarian).  She may not have developed the healing potential of her Aquarian Inner Healer (Chiron) however, as human rights have not been a priority in her record.  On the plus side, her Chiron in Aquarius can be a staunch defender of the underdog, as seen in her protection of Gary McKinnon.

Transits this week

Some have greatness thrust upon them, and this week it was Theresa’s time.

In the aftermath of the European Referendum, when it was clear that she was a strong contender for the leadership, Theresa had a Jupiter Return to its natal position in Virgo.  This is a work related boost, though we do not have her birth time and do not know which House this falls into in her natal chart.

Andrea Leadsom stepping down on Monday was the catalyst for the sequence of events which put Theresa May in the top job earlier than expected.  Jupiter was on David Cameron’s Pluto, releasing him from a great deal of inner struggle (so much so that he was filmed humming as he turned into 10 Downing Street).  For Theresa May, Uranus (Change) was trine exactly her natal Venus, bringing about a personal change in circumstances, including what will be a change of home.

Cabinet

Theresa is sincere and hardworking, and willing to fight for what she believes in, and is thought to be a safe pair of hands (Saturn conjunct North Node; Mercury sextile Saturn), as is her choice of Chancellor, Philip Hammond.  Her other cabinet choices are in some cases bizarre: specifically Boris Johnson (tactless abroad) as Foreign Secretary, Andrea Leadsom in Environment (something of a climate denier, and wanting to bring back fox hunting; Caroline Lucas is very disappointed with this appointment). Words fail me in the continuation of Jeremy Hunt as “protector” of the N.H.S. (currently embroiled in a bitter dispute with Junior Doctors and wishing to impose the new contract, when a new Health Minister could have changed the energy).  One wonders if she would like to hoist them by their own petards – if so, that is quite a gamble.

She notably took the opportunity to dispatch Michael Gove, with whom she had had run-ins in the past.  His Sun squares her Nodal Axis – so there are power struggles brought through from past lives, as well as the recent government.  She is said to have reprimanded him for his lack of trustworthiness.

Personal Life and Marriage

 Like Angela Merkel, she is a Vicar’s daughter.  Another parallel has been drawn by the Financial Times, describing her as a “non-ideological politician with a ruthless streak who gets on with the job” in a comparison.

In religion, her  Christian faith “is part of me. It is part of who I am and therefore how I approach things”.

She took the subject of Geography at Oxford, where she was introduced to her husband Philip May by none other than Benazir Bhutto.  I was curious to see what kind of synastry would consist of this matchmaking relationship.  Benazir’s Sun was trine Theresa’s Neptune and sextile her Pluto.  Benazir’s Venus was sextile exactly Theresa’s Mars (particularly fitting for matchmaking).  In addition, Benazir’s Uranus was sextile exactly Theresa’s Jupiter (opportunity and luck).  Linking Theresa and Philip, Benazir may well be part of their Soul Group.

Philip, who is a Banker, has been praised for his sartorial elegance this week, and Theresa’s Libran Sun also displays an interest in fashion, especially shoes.  On Desert Island Discs the luxury item she picked was a subscription to Vogue.

Diabetes

Theresa was very upfront and responsible about declaring her diagnosis of diabetes, and firm about the intention that it would not affect her career performance.  She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in November 2012.  At that time, Neptune was opposite her Pluto, and Pluto was square her natal Sun, both very challenging transits.  She revealed on Desert Island Discs that she receives four insulin injections daily.

Astrologically, Venus rules diabetes, and natally her Venus squares Saturn, conjuncts Pluto and squares her Nodal Axis, all difficult aspects.

In Louise L. Hay’s metaphysical system diabetes represents “Longing for what might have been.  A great need to control. Deep sorrow.  No sweetness left.”  She has a strong Saturn in her make up, and may need to lighten up.  Well, lighten up she did this week – I have never seen her smile so much!  With overseeing Brexit (even though she has put staunch Brexiters in charge) she has her work cut out, so it is good to see that she is taking over the mantle of Prime Minister with an appetite for the job.

UK Chart

Saturn squares Uranus in the U.K. Chart this week, an attempt at stamping order and authority on a situation of rebellion and chaos (not mentioning the chaos within the Labour Party at this time).  I use the 1922 chart for the United Kingdom, but a friend has pointed out that Pluto currently transits the Mercury of the 1066 Chart.

In her relationship with the U.K., her closest interaspects with the 1922 chart are Venus square Venus (needs some work to achieve harmony) and her Uranus on its I.C. (stirring and fairly uneasy, perhaps indicative of her decisive cabinet changes).

Conservative Party Chart

The transits to the Conservative Party this week has some positivity (at least they got their act together much more quickly than the Labour Party).  Jupiter sextiles the Sun in its chart (a golden opportunity), Chiron sextiles its Moon (some emotional healing) and trines its Saturn (more solidity), Venus trines its Venus (some harmony restored), Neptune trines its Uranus (subtle benefits), the North Node exactly trines its Pluto (deep karmic change) and Jupiter trine its Ascendant (all good, then!)

Theresa May’s own relationship with the Conservative Party reveals her North Node conjunct the Party Venus (a close personal tie, and karmic), her Saturn square its Jupiter (she will keep it in line!), and her Jupiter trine its Ascendant (very favourable; bear in mind she has her Jupiter Return still operating now).

Future Trends

Pluto is close to a trine with her natal Jupiter now.  This becomes exact next January, around 27th.  That may be a moment when she feels she has got into her stride with the task.  She sounds likely to hold off a general election, and is also biding her time with Brexit, not intending to press the red button of Article 50 just yet.  Maybe she will have the confidence to do so around then, or stamp her style on the premiership in some other way.

Aspects

Today the Sun trines Mars, so seize the day!  The weather is also hotting up here in the U.K., currently 75 degrees F in Norfolk, projected to rise to 84 degrees on Tuesday.  It is a good day for energetic pursuits, new exercise regimes, barbecues, car repairs and dog walks.

The Sun is also trine Chiron today, boosting healing efforts, and solving problems, and uniting the Party (well Angela Eagle and Owen Smith, Labour leadership contenders and opponents did appear on the same orange sofa on the Andrew Marr show today).  The Sun, Mars and Chiron form a Water Grand Trine in the signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces respectively.  So much can be accomplished, at any rate on an emotional level.

The Mars trine Chiron component of this Grand Trine favours activities which are based on healing, such as movement meditations (e.g. Tai Chi and Qigong).

Tuesday (19th) presents us with a trine between Mercury and Saturn early on, enabling us to get our documentation up to date, and any teaching materials up to scratch.  Communication will be serious, constructive and sensible.

When you have your practical and written tasks ticked, you may have to deal with tensions arising from the upcoming Full Moon at the end of Capricorn, which peaks very late in the day.  Preoccupations of Capricorn are connected with the structures of our lives, e.g. housing.  In society and in the world, it represents politics, governments, authorities, and public institutions.  This may bring such issues to the forefront that evening.

The Full Moon over, we are free to enjoy a trine between Venus and Saturn on Wednesday (20th).  It is time to appreciate the loyalties of our nearest and dearest relationships, and their presence in our lives.  It is not a demonstrative aspect, but there is a great deal of unspoken affection, and acknowledgement of those who are in our team or our tribe.

On Friday (22nd) the Sun enters Leo, and the collective tone moves from family and emotion (Sun in Cancer) to festivity and enjoyment of life, and hopefully sunshine.  The Sun proclaims it is holiday season.  The projected temperature in the U.K. is 72 degrees, so let’s hope the Sun, both astrological and meteorological, lives up to its promise.  For those of you who are Leos, you’ll be expected to live up to your reputation as the life and soul of the party, and organizers of Busby Berkeley (Jupiter in Leo) style extravanganzas.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – a golden opportunity for action and healing
  • Tuesday – knuckle down early, then process your emotions
  • Wednesday – honour your relationships
  • Friday – the holiday season officially begins

Aspects for the week beginning 10 July 2016

A Compatibility Guide for Cancerians

Are you a Cancerian, or do you have a friend, relative or partner born under that sign?

Cancerian Sun with Aries Sun

The approach to life for these two are poles apart.  The Aries wonders why the Cancerian has to make life so complicated.  It’s straightforward isn’t it?  And the Cancerian wonders how the Aries can fail to get emotionally involved.  The Crab may sometimes judge the Aries pronouncements as insensitive.  It is not the easiest of connections.

Cancerian Sun with Taurus Sun

These two both enjoy domestic activities, so the combination can make for domestic bliss, or a great team in the kitchen.  A harmonious pair, who can create a nurturing and supportive environment for others.

Cancerian Sun with Gemini Sun

Cancerians may be too emotional for the Gemini, and Gemini could be too unemotional for the Cancerian.  However, both of them are changeable, and it may depend on their mood on the day.  Their biorhythms do not always coincide, with Gemini’s moods dependant on the vicissitudes of Mercury, and the Cancerian’s on the phases of the Moon.  Conversely, they can help balance out each other’s mood.

Cancerian Sun with Cancerian Sun

People of the same sign have the potential to understand each other to a great degree.  This combination is great for home and family life, though emotionally they could create an insular world, and possibly foster any latent tendencies to agoraphobia.  Their emotional biorhythms are likely to run parallel, which may be great at the New Moon, but highly tense and emotional at the Full Moon.

Cancerian Sun with Leo Sun

People of neighbouring signs often have planets in each other’s sign.  Therefore their planets may mingle, which will give them something in common.  It can be a good combination for parenting, with the Cancerians #lovin’familylife and Leos adopting a paternalistic role.

Cancerian Sun with Virgo Sun

This is another harmonious pairing.  It can also assist domestic bliss.  The Cancer/Virgo emphasis may be on getting the home shipshape.  Virgo will get everything just so, and Cancer will make the place feel like home.  They may also have a shared interest in nutrition, the Cancerian liking to nurture in general, and the Virgoan having an interest in healthy eating.  A healthy eating catering business could be a going concern.

Cancerian Sun with Libra Sun

This is not such an easy pairing, the two signs being squared.  However, if they are both interested in home-making, they can pull together, with Libra having a say in interior design, furnishing and fabric.  Another possible area of bonding is music: Cancerians are skilled in musical rhythm, such as the drum section of a band, and Libran talents include singing and playing other musical instruments.  There is also a basic gentleness about both signs, which could prove a harmonious backdrop to a life together.

Cancerian Sun with Scorpio Sun****

This pairing works very well, the emotions of the two flowing in synch like the currents of an underground river.  There may be times they do not need to speak, as they can feel each other’s emotions and heartbeats.  They can look after each other well, and can be soulmates.

Cancerian Sun with Sagittarius Sun

This is not a natural pairing, unless one of them has the Ascendant in the other’s sign.  Cancerians like to be rooted, and Sagittarius is happy to be rootless.  So living arrangements may be difficult.

Cancerian Sun with Capricorn Sun

These two make an excellent foundation for home and family, complementing each other’s make up and skills.  They are able to make satisfying arrangements when it comes to the work/life balance, and are both natural parents.  There may be some tension, due to their opposite polarity.

Cancerian Sun with Aquarius Sun

Like Cancer/Saggy, this is not a natural pairing, and they may struggle to find common ground.  The Cancerians natural habitat is emotion and instinct (Water) and the Aquarian lives on a plane of intellect (Air) and intuition (Uranus).  As with Cancer/Saggy too, if one of them has the Ascendant in the other’s Sun sign, that can give the relationship some common ground.  Living designs could also be difficult to reconcile, in that Cancerians like to collect or hoard, and Aquarians like to streamline.

Cancerian Sun with Pisces Sun****

Here is another pairing which can be blissful, with plenty of shared emotion and sensitivity.  Life for these two together can be a sentimental journey.  They can live in a world of their own though, and need to ensure they are part of a wider group for grounding.

 

A full compatibility analysis details every component of the two birthcharts in relation to each other, not just the Sun sign.  As there is a lot of work involved, it is my most expensive service, at £45.

Aspects

A good start to the week is enabled by the Sun sextile Jupiter early this morning.  This should put a spring in your step, even if the weather still hasn’t cottoned on to the fact that it is summer in the U.K.  Will they need the roof on Centre Court this afternoon for the men’s final at Wimbledon?  And if so, will that favour Andy Murray?  Let’s hope these questions distract you from Brexit and whether or not Angela Eagle will stand against Jeremy Corbyn today for the Labour leadership.  And these are just our U.K. dilemmas…substitute your own if you are reading abroad.  A lot of our aspects this week take place very early in the day, so adjust that to the night before for the U.S. and mid afternoon for Australia.

It’s a good day for projecting positive affirmations and visualizations for the coming week, and tomorrow there is a positive trine between Mercury and Mars, which is an influence under which you can get things done and get things moving.  If you are born under Gemini, Virgo or Aries particularly, you will be able to co-ordinate mind and body successfully in your efforts, whether it is for office reorganization or mowing the lawn.  But at the same time, Mercury will be square Uranus, so there could be some mental tension as well, or a spanner in the works (in this case a paper jam in the printer, or a spanner in the lawn mower).  This aspect will especially affect Geminis, Virgos and Aquarians.  So some hitch may turn up just when you feel you are getting somewhere.  However, things may right themselves spectacularly when Mercury then trines Chiron, again affecting Geminis and Virgos.  You could end the day feeling all’s right with the world after all, and sensing possibilities for healing.

On Tuesday (12th) Venus enters Leo, so dry your tears from Venus in Cancer, and put your glad rags on and go out and have a good time.  With Sun still sextile Jupiter, there could be a real holiday atmosphere.  If it is still raining, don’t let it interfere with your planned leisure activities or outings.  If you are stuck in the office, get creative (paint a beach scene mural on the wall).

Mercury joins Venus in Leo on Thursday (14th) reinforcing any intentions of having a good time, and focussing on enjoying the summer.  The Hedonist Archetype can come out to play.  It’s a good time for interacting with children, or grandchildren, and exploring life through their eyes.

Saturday (16th) has a different time scale (not the early morning starts we had for the aspects the rest of the week) and a contrast of effects.  At lunchtime in the U.K. Uranus squares the Sun, and disruption or erratic behaviour may be the dominant feature of your activities.  The lawn mower may get stuck again, and the problem may be more than just a spanner.  So there’s some problem-solving to do, which may involve quick-thinking, or future vision.

In the evening, Mercury conjuncts Venus, so that adds a blessing to any socializing you’re engaged in.  Discussions will be creative and interesting, forming bridges between minds and hearts.  This should seal the week with an air of contentment.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – look forward with optimism
  • Tomorrow – mixed fortunes, mainly positive
  • Tuesday – play time
  • Thursday – more play time
  • Saturday – disrupted brunch, evening harmony

Aspects for the week beginning 3 July 2016 – Wimbledon 2

Wimbledon 2016 – Week 2

That first week was quite rain-drenched at Wimbledon, and there is some catching up to do to remain on schedule.  We have had the upset of top Seeds going out (Djokovic at No. 1 and Wawrinka, No. 4 men’s Seeds and Muguruza No. 2 ladies Seed).  Muguruza leaving makes it easier for Serena Williams to come out on top.

So here is a look at the next Seeds coming up, to start the final week.  As usual, I will be adding commentary as we go along.

Men’s Singles

Kei Nishikori – No. 5 Seed

Nishikori’s chart is very Capricornian, with Uranus/Sun, Neptune, Saturn Moon and Mercury in that sign!  That is 6 of his 10 planets.  He is not completely Capricornian, though.  The proximity of Uranus to his Sun (2 degrees) opposing Jupiter (2 degrees) means he is more flamboyant.  But all that Capricorn makes him very grounded.  He has 7 planets in the Cardinal signs, which makes him a leader (in a sport which is not necessarily about leadership).  Jupiter opposes Uranus exactly which means he is more of a risk-taker than the average Capricorn, calculated risk-taking being a large part of high level tennis playing.  Saturn conjuncts Neptune (by 4 degrees) opposed by Chiron, so depression could plague him from time to time.  One of his greatest strengths is Saturn closely sextile his Pluto, Pluto strengthening the innate perseverance of his ruling planet Saturn to a high degree. Pluto trine Chiron is also an asset in weathering extremely difficult situations psychologically.

At the beginning of week 2, Nishikori has Jupiter sextile his Chiron, which is very strong for keeping body and soul together, plus Neptune sextile his Neptune (spiritually at one), plus Pluto sextile his Pluto (psychologically rock solid). Things look good for him. At the end of Wimbledon, Neptune is still sextile Neptune, and Pluto is still sextile Pluto, but Pluto is on his natal Saturn, which is not so favourable.  That lessens his chances of making the final.

Milos Raonic – No. 6 Seed

I wrote in 2014:

“Milos has 5 planets plus the North Node in the sign of Capricorn- a steadfast line up for a tennis player.  His Venus is exactly trine Pluto, giving him a strong presence on and off the court.  Mars trines his North Node closely, so it is important for him to attain and sustain a peak fitness.  His serve is highly praised in the tennis world, and that may be a product of his Mars-North Node trine.”

At the beginning of week 2, he has Mars opposite his natal Mars (the possibility of injury, or loss of temper).  But Jupiter is trine his Neptune, which could regulate his mood on a higher level (e.g. rising above all those close calls).  Saturn is also trine his Jupiter, which is steadying, though he may incline to err on the side of caution.  At the end of Wimbledon, Jupiter is trine his Venus (which is celebratory and successful), but Uranus will be forming a T-square with his exact natal Saturn-Chiron opposition (so he will be very tense).  He will need a little luck to come through.

Richard Gasquet – No. 7 Seed

I have written about Gasquet before: “…Venus exactly on the Ascendant in Leo, which makes him astrologically a bit of an Adonis.  But tenniswise it means he is a showman and greatly competitive.  The competition is a very serious matter, as Saturn is at the beginning of the 5th House of Sport closely trine his natal Ascendant/Venus.”

At the beginning of this second week, Mercury sextiles his Mercury (a minor aspect, but favouring his nervous system). But Uranus squares his Mars (a possibility of injury or upset) which could prevent him reaching the final at some stage this week.  At the end of Wimbledon Chiron is square his Sun (again, a possibility of injury), with no other strong aspects to back him up.  On that reckoning, his appearance in the final looks unlikely.

Tomas Berdych – No. 10 Seed

Here’s my analysis from 2015:

“As a Virgoan, Tomas is very analytical, but he has a sense of showmanship with Venus and Mars in Leo.  We do not have his birth time, so his Moon could be in Libra or Scorpio.  If in Scorpio, that would make him extremely emotionally intense as the Moon would be conjunct with Pluto in that sign.  There is a lot of seriousness overall in his make up, with the Sun exactly sextile Saturn, and Venus exactly square Saturn.  His great energy is coming from Mars closely sextile Pluto.  He has hidden depths, and a very strong will (5 of his 10 planets in Fixed signs).”

At the beginning of week 2, he has minor transit Mercury trine his natal Mercury, again strengthening to his nervous system.  But Jupiter squares his natal Uranus (a risk too far), which may dominate his performance, dotting it with errors.  If he were to make it right through to the final, he will have Mars sextile his Sun (energy and strength), Uranus trine his Venus (surprise), and Mars on his Saturn (a loosening of inhibition, but also tension).  Therefore his prospects at the end of this week are better that those early this week, if he can go so far.

Ladies Singles

Simona Halep – No.5 Seed

From 2014:

“She has Neptune conjunct her North Node natally.  This points to spiritual leadership potential, so she may have many followers who do not only follow her for her tennis playing.  She is Libran, one of the commonest Sun signs for tennis skill, because it involves a close monitoring of the person the other side of the net!”

At the beginning of week 2, Pluto is square her Mars, which raises the possibility of injury, and doesn’t help her keep her cool.  But Jupiter trines her Neptune, so somehow she may be able to keep her equilibrium on a higher level.  The Pluto threat could really upset the applecart, though.

Roberta Vinci – No.6 Seed

It’s my first time looking at Roberta Vinci.  She has two stunningly placed exact conjunctions: Venus conjunct Mars in Pisces (balancing her male and female side in this incarnation) and Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Sagittarius (the Inner Entrepreneur).  She also has a stunning trine composed of her Sun in the last degree of Aquarius (which could be very socially evolved) trine her natal Pluto at the end of Libra (emotional and psychological intelligence).

At the beginning of the second week, Chiron is on her Mars (a physical or health battle), which does not make things easy for her at this time, but she has great inner resources.  At the end of Wimbledon if she gets through, Mars trines her Venus (some physical resilience), but Chiron is still on her Mars.  That doesn’t look strong enough for a win.

Venus Williams – No. 8 Seed

Venus, of course, is no stranger to these pages, but she is looking stronger this year than in recent times, struggling with her debilitating Sjogren’s Syndrome.  In her natal chart, Venus has Venus conjunct her Sun in Gemini, which indicates her interest in fashion.  Libra rises in her chart, emphasizing the rulership of Venus.  She has the Moon conjunct Jupiter, which gives emotional positivity, and may reflect the strong women of her family.  Mars is conjunct Saturn, so she has a great deal of control physically.

At the beginning of week 2, she has minor aspect Mercury sextile her Mercury (her wits about her), Uranus sextile her Venus (strong intuition and power to surprise).  The North Node conjuncts her Mars, which could be a karmic reward physically (there is a chance of injury, but the way she is playing it seems more a karmic strength).  Venus trines her Ascendant, which though a minor aspect indicates a feeling of harmony.  So good transits, but maybe only semi-final material.

Madison Keys – No.9 Seed

Another player whose chart I haven’t looked at before.  Venus from Capricorn sextiles Saturn in her chart, so she keeps her cards close to her chest, which may make it difficult for her opponents to read her game.  She has a difficult exact square between Jupiter and Saturn, which could make her game patchy or swing to extremes, e.g. between caution and abandon.  Saturn trines her North Node (karmic mission) so she would be a restrained player, both in her work and in her life.  But she has an understanding of complexity, from a conjunction of Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, and Uranus sextiles Pluto which gives her unusual reserves of strength at times.  Uranus also trines Chiron, which can give her remarkable powers of recovery and endurance, which combined with the healing power of Neptune trine Chiron can make her physically impressive.

At the beginning of week 2, Jupiter trines her Venus (which is a winning theme), but Saturn sits on her Jupiter, so she may not feel she is fulfilling her total potential.  More worryingly, Saturn squares her natal Saturn, so something is holding her back.  There is some assistance from Mars trine her natal Uranus, so she is not likely to suffer injury or upset.  At the end of Wimbledon, Neptune squares her Jupiter (she may be emotional or feel that a close call was unfair, and Uranus squares her Neptune too which is difficult, so I don’t think we are looking at the final winner.

Murray now has good prospects for the final.  Radwanska has good transits for the final, and of course Serena could still come up trumps.

Aspects

The Sun at11 degrees Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces at 11.01 a.m. this morning, so there is strength in sensitivity, and displays of emotion can be constructive, if for instance you are having a family gathering.  Inspiration in the Arts are also favoured, and spiritual connection.

Then tomorrow, also at 11.01 a.m. (so the numbers 1 and 11 could be important numerologically this week) there is a New Moon in Cancer.  This favours a new paradigm of relationships within the family, and the experience of its bonds, plus a new appreciation of its young members and the role they play.

Tuesday brings a trine between Mercury and Neptune, so again sensitivity is honoured, but this time in relation to mental processes, sharing information sensitively, and the receiving of information, e.g. through channelling.

Wednesday brings emotional warmth through a trine between Venus and Mars, so that means love, romance and passion and positive connections and possibilities between them.

On Thursday, it is best to lie low, unless you have already booked yourself a packed schedule.  The Sun conjuncts Mercury in the early hours, which concentrates the mind, and you may wake up with insights.  You may be able to see your way clearly at the outset.  Mercury then opposes Pluto, so you may expect travel difficulties and deeply challenging communication.  In the early afternoon, Venus squares Uranus and relationships could be subject to bizarre misunderstandings.  The best way through that is direct telepathy, but only telepathy which is free of projections and illusions, if you can manage that.  Finally, in the very late evening (U.K. time), the Sun opposes Pluto, so you could have a lot on your mind of a deep nature, and that may make it difficult to settle to sleep.  If you are travelling in the evening your journey may not be easy.

Now if you are in a position to reschedule your travel plans, it would be ideal to choose the next day, for Friday (8th) brings a sextile between Mercury and Jupiter.  That is good for travel, communication and sales.  It is good for learning and broadening the mind, and looking at life from a positive mental outlook.  Hopefully, you can plan ahead this week.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – sensitivity and creativity
  • Tomorrow – new beginnings
  • Wednesday – emotional warmth
  • Thursday – don’t go there…
  • Friday – buoyant thinking

Aspects for the week beginning 26 June 2016

Reading Guide:

If you are of the 52% who voted for Brexit, you may want to skip this blog altogether

If you are not interested in politics, you may want to skip the following section, and proceed to Aspects, or my Wimbledon blog

Brexit

I feel utterly devastated by the result of the European Referendum vote (to leave the EU), and the suffering it is going to cause.  The nation has already been thrown into chaos. I was not so stunned, because in my heart I knew how the country felt.  But astrologically, I was not able to pull together my researches to make that conclusion.

However, looking back, events do make sense of some of my astrological researches, particularly Boris Johnson’s outstandingly success orientated transits, and events unfolding around Jeremy Corbyn this morning make sense of the transit of Uranus to his North Node.  According to the Astrologer Jessica Adams, the dwarf planet Ceres, which represents strong feelings, had an important part to play.

Here is a little review of the current situation, which is still changing rapidly – by the time you read this it will be history.  Basically, it is a continuation of last week, except from a different viewpoint, the other side of the hill, hindsight.  Astrological quotations are from last week’s blog.

Jo Cox

“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”~ Jo Cox

Basically, Jo Cox died in vain.  Despite all the protestations of how she was loved locally and nationally, her message was not listened to.  How additionally sad for her husband.

The Vote

“Very late the night before Mercury squares Jupiter, so excitement will be high!  So will information overload.”

Mercury squaring Jupiter meant that the judgement of the people was towards risk.

David Cameron

“Mars will be trine David Cameron’s Chiron: his desire to heal the nation will be fired up!”

David Cameron has a very lucky birth chart, and has taken huge risks in his time, many of which paid off (e.g. the last General Election).

Laura Kuenssberg (Political Editor, BBC) has said: “David Cameron’s closest colleagues say that he’s a lucky politician. When it comes to the biggest gamble of his career, his luck has dramatically run out.”

He has stepped down as Prime Minister, as a consequence of the referendum result, and intends to stay until October.  Pluto is close to squaring his natal Sun at that time, which becomes exact on 12th November: that may be an important day personally for him in terms of psychological change.

Michael Gove

“Michael Gove will have Saturn trine his Saturn (stability) and Mars sextile his Uranus (excitement), so he will take the result well.”

I think he did take the result well: He appeared quite sober in his victory speech (Saturn trine Saturn) and probably surprised himself (Mars sextile Uranus).

Iain Duncan Smith

“Iain Duncan Smith will have Mars squaring his Pluto, and may feel crushed to the point of being ready for a career change.”

This, as yet, is still a mystery.  He seemed composed being interviewed this morning by Andrew Marr, and was not revealing any Mars square Pluto angst.

Boris Johnson

“So fast forward to 23rd June, and what do his prospects look like?  Astrologically, quite good, actually: Jupiter/North Node trine his Jupiter, and Pluto trines his Jupiter, forming a Grand Trine.  Moreover, Jupiter/North Node sextile his natal Neptune.  His personal standing looks good, but Saturn squares his natal Pluto and Neptune opposes his natal Pluto, so something is bothering him, at the same time.”

Exceptional transits for him…but what is bothering him?

He maybe does not want to do the hard work which is ahead of him.  He got away with two terms as Lord Mayor of London by doing very little, except for enabling cycling within the City.  He is big on ideas and loves power, but does not enjoy the hard graft and nitty gritty.  He is probably wondering what he is going to do now, in terms of the gargantuan task of getting elected to the premier job which he has coveted for so long, then undoing the European membership which is a huge task, then putting the country right which may include keeping the promise to the poor who elected him, and for whom he has so far shown very little interest.  That would leave him little time for being a playboy, which is how he keeps buoyant. The matching buffoons of Trump and Boris each side of the pond is a joke that is one step nearer coming.  It seems blond politicians with wispy hair are very popular in these times.

Nigel Farage

“On 23rd June, like Boris, Saturn squares his natal Pluto and Neptune opposes his natal Pluto and there may be some sadness involved.  But Pluto will still be sextile his natal Neptune and the North Node will be sextile his Neptune too, so he will be at peace with his own mission, win or lose.  He won’t have any regrets.”

He did have a wobble around the time of the vote, pulling out of the last debate at the last minute, and appearing sweaty and shaken when quizzed about his racist poster.  Then on the night of the election, he first conceded defeat and then unconceded it.

At the result, his slogan of “Independence Day” will not be forgotten.  It seems incredible that he has devoted his life to this mission, and that one man (who nearly died in a plane crash at the 2010 election) could change history to that extent.  What is it in his natal chart which indicates this?  Pluto exactly conjuncts his Ascendant, so he is an agent of change through destruction or transformation.  His North Node, which indicates his karmic mission, is in Cancer (patriotism) in the 10th House of Career and Politics.

Jeremy Corbyn

“For Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, a dramatic shift in his karmic role looks likely, with transiting Uranus conjunct his North Node!”

Well!  Uranian change can go either way, but now it seems as though his own Shadow cabinet (in a “coup” led by Hilary Benn who has just been sacked) are wanting to unseat him.  It is looking as though this change is going to be destructive to him, but spiritually it all depends on how he deals with it and changes his own thinking.  If he is able to demonstrate steadfastness and a more dynamic style of leadership, he could remain as leader of the Labour Party.  But he would have to change quickly (Uranus is an overnight job).

I would have liked to have blogged more on this topic alone, but there is no time this morning!

Nicola Sturgeon

Well who can blame the lass for now putting into motion the next referendum about leaving the United Kingdom?  The Scottish voters loyally opted to Remain in Britain then Europe, and now face being cast adrift.  Of the three party leaders (Cameron, Corbyn and Sturgeon) she is the only one still firmly in place, and she has shown effective leadership both before the vote and since.

Chiron is currently trine her Sun, bringing out her uniting and healing qualities, but at the same time it opposes her natal Pluto, giving her hearbreaking decisions to make.  As she said this morning, she did not want to be in this position.  She has worked towards Scottish Independence all her life, but did not want it to be under such circumstances.  It is going to be a very complex process for the Scottish nation to negotiate. This morning she has spoken about the possibility of vetoing the UK exit from the EU.

U.K.

“On the day of the referendum, the U.K. chart receives a trine from Saturn to its natal Chiron (Cameron fixing broken Britain?) and Jupiter squaring its natal Mercury (again, information overload).”

If this is to be ultimately healing, it is going to take a lot of time and we might hear the refrain from Brexiters who administer it of “No Pain, No Gain” for the next ten years.

European Union

“Saturn trines the European Union chart Uranus on the day of the referendum, which implies to me that “plus ca change, plus la meme chose”!  Seriously, it implies that a proposed change may be averted.”

The reverse happened:  The change was brought about, though I am not clear about the role of Saturn in that equation.

One thing that is clear: the people have spoken.  They may have been blaming Europe for all that was wrong with the austerity government of the Tories, but they have made their decision.  I hope that this watershed does not prove as divisive as the Scottish referendum was for the Scottish people socially.  Already there have been reports of outbreaks of racist behaviour in parts of the country, where presumably “racists” have felt emboldened and vindicated by the result.  Will Self said, at the final TV debate: “Not all Brexiters are racists, but almost all racists will be voting for Brexit”.

Aspects

How we go forward now will need great courage.  Today’s momentous aspect will be very helpful in re-orientating ourselves.

Jupiter trine Pluto, today’s aspect, is a powerful signifier of change.  It is also a very positive aspect, so try to absorb as much of that vibe as you can allow (if you are a Remain voter who is currently disconsolate).  This is an aspect of empowerment.  This aspect embodies the Brexiters’ demand for freedom and taking back control.  For those who can’t quite see it like that in national and international terms, then start with your own feelings about your life, and work outwards.

Jupiter is still conjunct the North Node, so look out for any signs of karmic reward for you personally, even if you cannot seem them on the current U.K. political landscape.  It is time to allow yourself to be all you can be.

Tomorrow, Mercury sextiles Uranus, and ideas may occur to you as to how to go forward.  The light of the Higher Mind may illuminate the lower rational mind.

However, Chiron goes retrograde tomorrow.  This means that recent advances on your healing path may need re-tracing.  Clinical trials may need re-testing.  You may find that a new vitamin supplement you are using no longer shows effectiveness, and you need to search further, for instance.

Late lunchtime tomorrow Venus trines Neptune, and this is good for smoothing over worries and erasing the lines on your brow or forehead, hopefully without the aid of botox.  Something soothes your soul, be it music, or the words of a child spoken in truth, or some sensitive relationship interaction. If you can capture this in meditation, or encapsulate it in an affirmation, it may help you through for the rest of the week.

Finally tomorrow Mercury squares Chiron, which could bring a healing crisis, and you may need the calm of that earlier aspect to help you think clearly as to what action needs to be taken.  It may be that some angle of the current changes has hit home and is giving you a headache, but every problem has a solution within (you just need to find it).

On Wednesday (29th) Mercury enters Cancer, but not until very late at night.  During the course of the day it will be in the last degree of Gemini, still a very rational tone of thought.  You will need to employ the very best qualities of your mind for most of the day, but in the last hour of the day, you can allow your mind to go a little more soft focus and bring your emotions into play, combining left and right brain thinking.

Also in that last hour of Wednesday (in the U.K.), Mars stops still ready to go direct again, which will feel more progressive.  By the next morning, you will be raring to go, on projects which might have been on hold for a while.  It may be easier for you to express your raw energy.

On Friday (1st July) in the early hours Venus opposes Pluto, which is a serious plummet of mood, especially in relationships.  Financial markets may also plummet, with this aspect.  You might be reeling for most of the day.

But in the early evening, Venus sextiles Jupiter, which could redress some of the balance and socially at least you might be ready to party, and may even have something to celebrate.  Uncork your favourite tipple (make mine a sparkling mineral water with a drop of pear cider in it), and toast the fact that you have got through the first week of Brexit.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – a powerful point of change
  • Tomorrow – a full day, with mixed influences
  • Wednesday – be alert in the day, late evening changeful
  • Friday – mixed fortunes for money, relationship and the arts

Wimbledon 2016 – Week 1

Here is my first serve for Wimbledon 2016.  As usual, I hope to update my observations regularly throughout the next fortnight.

Men’s Singles

Novak Djokovic – No. 1 Seed

The commenters on my blog last year pressed me to look at his prospects for this year. I was right about success in the Australian Open, but for the French Open I wrote:

” At the beginning of the French Open, he has Chiron square his natal Uranus – not a good start.  The transits at the end seem pretty empty, so not much progress made.”  I was wrong, and he won the French Open.

I then went on to say that for Wimbledon 2016:

“The beginning of Wimbledon (the two tournaments are quite close together) still finds Chiron square his Uranus, and again not much progress by the end.”

Therefore, he could win again, despite the lacklustre astrological picture.  He is a force of nature.

His coach Boris Becker:

Boris and Novak have made a very successful team since they formed a partnership.  At the beginning of Wimbledon, Boris has Mars sextile his Mars and sextile his Pluto (powerful energy to instil).  At the end of the tournament, Mars is on his Neptune, which could be a bit confusing or disorientating.

Djokovic plays James Ward (GB) in the first round, who has Chiron conjunct his Jupiter (valuable lesson) and square his Uranus (shock to the system) early in the tournament.

Andy Murray – No. 2 Seed

Since last Wimbledon, Andy Murray has become a father.  I wrote on the birth of his daughter in February:

“With her Neptune sextile Andy Murray’s Neptune, she will be spiritually in tune with her father.  Her Uranus is on his Jupiter, so she will bring wonderful surprises to his life.  That’s also true for her relationship with her mother, as she has Uranus trine exactly Kim’s Sun.  A beautiful change in their lives.”

He notably steered the G.B. team to a Davis Cup victory at the end of November 2015.

He was runner up to Djokovic in the French Open this year, about which I had written last year:

“Saturn still squares his Ascendant as it starts, which is not easy, plus Pluto squares his natal Jupiter – two big hurdles for him at that time.”

But he subsequently won at Queen’s.  About this year’s Wimbledon, I wrote last year:

“Chiron squares his natal Mars and Uranus at the beginning, again very difficult obstacles.  In addition at the end Mars opposes his Sun – he’ll be in the wars.”

Chiron also squares Djokovic’s Uranus, as they are born a week apart, but Murray has a little more hassle from Mars to contend with.  I will continue to look at Murray’s chances as we go through the tournament, in more detail.

His coach Ivan Lendl:

Lendl has Uranus (brillance and success) on his Midheaven (careerpoint) in Leo (competitiveness) in 10th House of Career.  Andy is able to take full advantage of this brilliance, as his Jupiter (luck and success) trines this point exactly.  Lendl’s Uranian conjunction also speaks of detachment – witness Lendl walking out and doing something else immediately after Murray’s win at Queens!

Kevin Mitchell observes in the Observer:  “The Czech speaks with a directness that cuts to the core of an issue, be it the player’s attitude on court or his attitude to the media.”

He goes on to say: “He did well with the more compliant Mauresmo until she walked in May, complaining he was ‘complex’ and ‘there was nothing more I can do’, although there was no acrimony.”  Andy’s Pluto squaring her natal Mercury was always going to bring her mental challenges.

Murray plays Liam Broady (GB) in the first round on Tuesday.  Neptune sextiles Broady’s natal Mars, so he will derive some benefit from the experience, of an internal nature, so we are not likely to hear about it!

Roger Federer  - No. 3 Seed

There is still much speculation in the air about whether or not Roger Federer, one of the most popular tennis players of all time, will retire and if so when.  But in interviews he is firm about wanting to play as long as possible at his current level.

The Observer’s Kevin Mitchell describes his current condition:

“Meanwhile Federer…looks relaxed and fit – and pleased with the results of his post-French rehabilitation.”..having struggled with a back injury, as well as the residue of a knee operation earlier in the year.”

He did not play in the French Open because of injury.

In 2015 I wrote for the French Open:

“…he may not reach the final as some of his favourable aspects have gone off the boil by the end.  Saturn will still be trine his Mercury, and Jupiter will be sextile his natal Mars (energy maintained well), but the planetary support I feel is not quite there.”

In the event, he pulled out of the French Open due to injury.

I went on to say:

“(Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) seem rather flat.”

Then for Wimbledon itself:

“At the beginning of Wimbledon 2016 there’s a lack of transits to Roger’s chart.  Perhaps he is a bit mentally absent.  The strongest transit is an exact square from Saturn in Sagittarius to his natal Ascendant in Virgo.  He may have family issues preoccupying him at that time, with Saturn on his 4th House cusp.  That is the picture right through to the end of Wimbledon, so it may not be a very exciting time for him.”

But, like Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, Roger often defies the adverse astrological transits.

His coach Ivan Ljubicic:

Stefan Edburg will not be travelling with Roger Federer but instead Ivan Ljubicic will be on hand.  They have their Marses in trine, which is good energetic flow between them, and in addition Ljubicic’s North Node conjuncts Federer’s Venus, which is a good personal karmic link. Ljubicic’s Uranus sits on Roger’s Moon, which can be very stirring emotionally, but also could at times be wearing.  Right through Wimbledon, the South Node is on Ljubicic’s Mars, which could be difficult for him karmically.

Roger Federer plays Guido Pella (Argentina) in the first round.  Guido Pella has strong transits at the beginning of Wimbledon, so should play well.

Stan Wawrinka  - No. 4 Seed

At the beginning of Wimbledon 2016,  Uranus from Aries in  Wawrinka’s 10th House sextiles his natal Moon in Gemini in 12th House.  That should give him a good intuitive charge.

At the end of the tournament, Jupiter from Virgo in his 3rd House squares his natal Uranus in Sagittarius in his 6th House, so he could find himself in the final, though the result is not likely to go his way.  Saturn from Sagittarius in his 6th House sextiles his natal Jupiter in Aquarius in 8th House, which indicates he will be playing steadily towards the end of the tournament.  Neptune will conjunct his Midheaven in Pisces in 9th House, so his direction may be confused at the end.

His coach Richard Krajicek:

Here is another top player who has recently changed his coach.  Richard Krajicek is a previous winner at Wimbledon, who has a very Jupiterian chart, very positive and enthusiastic.  They have a good personal chemistry, though some nervous tension between them.  There’s a lot of energy in the air at the beginning of Wimbledon for Krajicek, for example Pluto sextile his Mars, but the transits are much quieter at the end of Wimbledon.

Wawrinka plays Taylor Fritz (US) in the first round.  Fritz will have Jupiter on his North Node, and Pluto trine his North Node, so he should enjoy the challenge and experience.

Ladies Singles

Maria Sharapova is now out of the running.  At the time her drug scandal came to light, she did have significant Neptunian (drug related) transits.  She also has Chiron on her Venus in Pisces this year.

Serena Williams – No. 1 Seed

Serena’s win at Wimbledon last year enabled her to break Grand Slam records.  At the beginning of this year, Jupiter from Virgo sextiles her Venus in Scorpio, and Pluto from Capricorn sextiles her Venus.  That constitutes a brilliant start, and she will be on good form.  The North Node from Virgo also sextiles her Venus, so she will have a great deal of luck.  But Pluto will at the same time square her Jupiter! So she will have challenges too.  Saturn will be sextile her Saturn, some steady playing, and Uranus opposes her Pluto, a possibility of upset but her transits are overall very positive.  At the end of Wimbledon, she keeps most of her positive aspects, but Pluto still squares her Jupiter, and this is possibly the reason she lost to Muguruza at the French Open.  I will keep looking at the nuances of her astrological picture throughout the tournament.

She plays Amra Sadikovic (Switzerland) in the first round, who has some very strong transits at the beginning of Wimbledon, and so is not likely to disgrace herself.

Garbine Muguruza – No. 2 Seed

Flamboyant Muguruza was runner up to Serena Williams in last year’s Wimbledon final, in a thrilling match.  She was runner up to Kerber in the Australian Open.  She has recently beaten Williams at the French Open, so she has to be a strong contender this year for the title, though she is diffident about her chances.  She may be Serena’s biggest threat.

When she won  the French Open Uranus was opposite Garbine’s Jupiter, Uranus sextile her Saturn and North Node trine her Uranus, quite a favourable line up, and Serena’s transits were difficult.

At the beginning of Wimbledon 2016 for Muguruza, Uranus is still sextile her Saturn, but Mars conjunct her Pluto, so there may be a hurdle or injury which hopefully she can get through in order to demonstrate some more of her crowd-pleasing brilliance. Kevin Mitchell in the Observer quotes her as saying “I feel quite calm, like I did in Paris”.  He adds:”Her on court demeanour is so at odds with the ice-cold attitude of some of her contemporaries that she cannot fail to become a Wimbledon favourite”.

At the end of Wimbledon, Mars squares her Saturn (not easy), Uranus still sextiles her Saturn (supportive), Jupiter trines her Uranus (that is a winning transit!), Jupiter trines her Neptune (spiritually strong) but Mars still conjuncts her Pluto.  Some astrological extremes going on here.

She plays Camila Giorgi (Italy) in the first round, who has a strongly Capricornian flavour to her chart.  Another heartening set of transits for Camila, so another who shouldn’t disgrace herself.

Agnieszka Radwanska  - No. 3 Seed

Agnieszka, no stranger to our pages, begins Wimbledon with strong aspects, mostly favourable: Jupiter opposite her Sun, Pluto sextile her Sun, South Node on her Sun, Mars square her Mercury, Neptune sextile her Saturn, and Neptune sextile her Neptune.  She will be feeling pretty “together”, harmonious with her own core energies and spirituality.

At the end, she may be feeling a little rattled, with Mars square her Mercury, but Uranus sextile her natal Mercury will give her mental strength, and Neptune still sextiles her Saturn and Neptune.  Pluto also still sextiles her natal Sun, so a strong showing at the end also likely.

She plays Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) in the first round, who has a very Piscean chart.  Kozlova has Uranus square Uranus, so may cave in quickly during the match.

Angelique Kerber – No. 4 Seed

Angelique, also no stranger to these pages, has Neptune trine her Pluto at the beginning of the tournament.  If she digs deep psychologically, she could be very strong early on.  This transit prevails right through the tournament, so it could be a complex but rewarding journey for her if she approaches it as a psychological and spiritual exercise, learning deeply as she goes on, employing mindfulness and staying in the Now!  I am not sure it is enough for her to win, though.

She plays our Laura Robson in the first round, who has unfortunately Uranus square Mars at the beginning of the tournament, indicating an upset or even injury.  A trine from Neptune to her Jupiter will ensure that she is philosophical about it.