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Aspects for the week beginning 25 January 2015

Coronation Street

It has been an important week for the soap opera Coronation Street.  On Monday evening, we heard that Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow, had died after a short illness.

The same evening, they screened a heavy episode of Corrie in which several members of the cast were involved in a mini-bus crash.

After watching the soap for the first 10 years or so in the 1960s, I abandoned it on the grounds that I had better things to do than watch soaps. But over the last year, watching sporadic episodes with my mother, I have made the gradual slide into being a regular viewer.

Anne Kirkbride

I was very moved by the touching tributes to the actress Anne Kirkbride – she came over as a sweet person.  She died aged 60, and 42 of those years were spent playing Dierdre.  She met her real life husband David Beckett on the set.  She was a Geminian Sunsign, but had Jupiter, Uranus and  Mercury in the soap sign of Cancer.  When she joined the cast of Coronation Street, Jupiter was transiting her natal Mars (an opportunity) and sextile her natal Saturn (the offer of a steady job).  Her karma (North Node) was to be indelibly linked with the soap, with her South Node conjunct the Coronation Street Mars and Saturn.  Pluto was conjunct her natal North Node when she died.  At her death, Saturn was exactly transiting the Mercury of the Coronation Street chart: sad news for the cast.

In this morning’s Observer Barbara Ellen paints a sharply drawn word-portrait of Anne as Dierdre:

“Behind those huge glasses, gargling-with-wet-tarmac voice, and what must have been the most expressive neck tendons in show business, lurked a charming and gifted performer…”

Coronation Street

Coronation Street began on 9th December 1960, as every good Media student will have etched in their mind.  The chart has Mercury sextile Venus, and has been praised for the quality of its scriptwriting over the years.  Jupiter exactly trines its Pluto, which may be part of its powerful success in drama and comedy.  Pluto conjuncts its North Node, Jupiter trines its North Node, and Neptune bisects the trine forming sextiles with both.  That all contributes to a winning formula.  The mini-bus crash was designed to bring out new storylines, in the stories of suffering and recovery that ensue.    The chart of the crash is also the chart of Anne’s death, and so the Saturn transit to Mercury in this case shows a bad trip.  Curiously, the actor who played the mini-bus driver, Simon Gregson, whose character Steve McDonald has been suffering from depression, had Uranus opposite his natal Mars this week, which speaks of a motor accident.  The episode will have been filmed weeks ago, yet it registers in his chart for the time of filming.  On some level the actor will have been registering shock this week, some of it possibly in connection with the death of Anne Kirkbride and the stormy week for Coronation Street coverage.

William Roache

It has been said that the relationship between Dierdre and her on screen husband Ken Barlow, played by William Roache, has been a cornerstone of the soap for decades.  William Roache is the longest-serving cast member of Coronation Street, and starred in fact in the first episode.  So the chart of Coronation Street, and the chart of his job, or career, are the same chart.  I am fascinated by how actors’ charts often reflect their on screen personae, especially where they have been typecast for life!  So it is that William Roache has Mercury exactly trine Jupiter, which describes his erudite image as Ken Barlow.  In real life, he is a student of metaphysicas (Jupiter), having been a follower of the late Dr. Douglas Baker (interpreter of the teachings of Alice Bailey).  He is a patriarch of the soap however, and this is reflected in his chart with a strong Saturnian emphasis (Saturn at the Midheaven, square to his Sun).  His autobiography “Soul on the Street” has a strongly spiritualist content, and what came over to me in reading it was an adherence to rules and discipline which is very Capricornian.  He has a healing sextile between Pluto and Chiron in his chart, and has promoted spiritual healing (“Circle of Love”). In 2013 he was investigated for an offence of rape, as Neptune opposed his Neptune.  Anne Kirkbride testified on his behalf, and he was acquitted.  He returned to the soap a month before Anne Kirkbride left “for personal reasons”.  After “a short illness” she died, and William Roache was reported to have been present at Anne’s bedside at the time

Midweek

The morning after Anne died, the cast met for work but it became clear that a normal working day was impossible, and they abandoned filming.

On Wednesday evening, the National TV Awards took place, and Coronation Street’s arch rival Eastenders took the trophy for Best Soap.   With Saturn still sitting on the Coronation Street Mercury, but exactly sextile the Eastenders Jupiter by transit, Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale of Eastenders) held aloft the trophy and dedicated it to the “Weatherfield One”, a reference to one of Anne Kirkbride’s storylines which had gripped the nation, when she witnessed a nationwide campaign to free her character from jail.

Barbara Knox

On Friday, Barbara Knox who plays Rita Tanner in Corrie, was banned from driving after admitting a charge of drink driving, in a saga which had been running since March 2014.  Like Anne Kirkbride, she became a regular cast member in 1972, so is another veteran.  Barbara has Mars in Scorpio, and with her trade mark red haired image, possible has her Ascendant roundabout that point in her chart.  She is still sporting the red hair at the age of 81.  Barbara has the Moon conjunct her North Node, which may symbolize the association with the soap, and has Sun conjunct Jupiter in Libra, giving her a tendency to take chances in life.  One such chance was hiring a “loophole lawyer” when she initially denied drink driving, but this week seems to have been fateful for her, as transiting Saturn opposes her Chiron.  The original driving offence took place when Mars was opposite her natal Uranus (a driving mishap).

Let us hope there are more peaceful waters coming up for this soap.  I used to say it was a waste of my emotional energy to watch it, and how much of the nation’s emotional energy is tied up with our national TV soaps, I wonder?  I would like a soap called “Nirvana”, but that is not likely to happen.

Aspects

On Tuesday (27th) Venus enters Pisces. We switch from a heart centred in social ideology to a heart centred in compassion. It may be easier for stressed nurses to exercise the compassion which led them into nursing in the first place, but will it be easier for the politicians to find it in their hearts to release more money into the NHS?

With the good news that Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been released from hospital and recovering, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been quoted as saying:

“Her selflessness and courage are remarkable and she represents the very best of NHS values”.

At last some credit from our government! She and William Pooley, another British nurse who recovered after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone, are among those saints who have volunteered to do that work.  It would have been unthinkable to lose either of them, so that is wonderful news this week.

Wednesday (28th) brings a sextile between Mercury and Uranus. With Mercury retrograding, we revisit an aspect from 2 weeks ago on Wednesday 14th:

“This may produce dynamic information, for instance on the health front.  Ideas may come out of the blue.  Look out for the left field on Wednesday – it could be a fruitful departure.”

There will be a realistic appraisal of some sort, which works for many, but for some it will be information overload, especially if Uranus is at an awkward angle in your chart.  Some people attribute computer problems to Mercury retrograde which may be down to Uranian activity (the two are very intertwined), but today should upgrade and harmonize both communication (Mercury) and technology (Uranus).  So if you have the Mercury retrograde blues, they may be to some extent alleviated on Wednesday.

Much of the week’s aspect action takes place on Friday (30th) starting at breakfast with Venus square Saturn. A packet of cereal may be past its sell by date, or an aspect of a relationship may be past its sell by date. You may have to let go of something, or cut your losses.

Fortunately, late lunchtime, we have the prospect of two much more constructive aspects, within 5 minutes of each other. At 13.40 hrs (U.K. time) Mars sextiles Pluto, enabling energies to flow freely and with gusto!

At 13.45 the Sun conjuncts Mercury at 10 degrees Aquarius. It’s a clear day and you can see forever.  Friendships and groups flourish, and benefit from focussed thought.  If it is your birthday, expect to have to let go of something old, and let in something new.

Mars conjuncts Chiron on Saturday (31st) at 14 degrees Pisces, and the energetic shifts of Friday could culminate in a healing shift on Saturday.  You may feel that the wound is raw or exposed, but allow the natural healing process to take place.

The week in bullet points:

  • Tuesday – Compassion
  • Wednesday – sparkling mentality
  • Friday – some sadness, fast action and focused thought
  • Saturday – a healing focus

 

Aspects for the week beginning 18 January 2015

Uranus conjunct the South Node In Aries

We are currently in the middle of the application of the Uranus-Pluto square to the Nodal Axis  Last week, Pluto squared the Nodes, and this week Uranus will conjunct the True  South Node.  At the end of the month Uranus will conjunct the Mean North Node, which may have a slightly more practical application, but both are karmic and you may see their influence at any time during the second half of the month.

There may be some gains to be made by the appearance of Uranus conjunct the South Node in our charts, despite the ongoing square with Pluto.  Uranus itself can be neutral: it represents the surprise factor, which can manifest as shock, but can be a positive force.  The South Node represents past life karma, or past karma in this lifetime. That too can be a positive force, and not necessarily a difficult experience.  Together they could bring a new way of doing things or looking at things.  Solutions, breakthroughs and innovations could be found through necessity.

Two of the ways that you can bring out the best in this conjunction are 1) through the use of your intuition, and 2) through accessing far memory (e.g. through past life regression) or even future vision to cut through to the causes of problems.

 The Complication

Uranus conjunct the South Node is rare, and may be an opportunity.

The complication is its square with Pluto.  Cast your mind back a few days, to last Thursday, which was a difficult day for many.  Burnings and shootings were taking place around the world, some as reverberations from the Charlie Ebdo massacre.

Working with Uranus conjunct South Node you will also need to work with the square of Pluto to the Nodal Axis which occurred on Thursday.  Here was the account I gave:

Later in the day the tough theme continues, as Pluto squares the Nodal Axis, so some karmic reckoning is likely to be in the air.  This may well be a group situation, and you need to identify and take responsibility for your role within it, however insignificant a part you feel it may be.  Each person has responsibility, however small, in the whole picture.

 Perhaps you were caught up in a disagreement between two or more parties which is still not quite resolved.  Or perhaps you were grappling with a larger theme which has characterized the Uranus-Pluto square for you for the last two years or so.  There is a chance to make things right.

But first I need you to do a little mental gymnastics.  Cast your mind back again to Thursday, and note that earlier in the day you may have been experiencing frustrations in being blocked from actions you intended to make.  You need to mentally extricate that influence from the picture in order to isolate the effect of Pluto square the Nodal Axis.  Mars  square Saturn was causing those glitches, as reported last week:

Thursday (15th) brings a square between Mars and Saturn, and another layer of the onion needs to be peeled.  There is further work to do, the next problem or stumbling block is revealed to be dealt with.

If you felt you were taking two steps backwards on Thursday morning, that will have been the effect.  Subtract that from the day’s memory, and what you have left is the ongoing situation you are helping to work out this week.

Uranus conjunct South Node in your chart

If you know your Ascendant, you may be able to work out which of these  sets of readings apply to you.  First is the possibility for now, and second is the type of memory which may surface:  The conjunction of Uranus to the True and Mean South Nodes for the rest of this month take place at 12 and 13 degrees of Aries.  If your Ascendant falls near those degrees, you may need to ask your nearest Astrologer for the exact position of the conjunction.

1st House

 (Ascendant   in early Aries or late Pisces)

Experience:  You may discover a dynamic new side to your personality. A talent may re-surface, which you developed in a past life.

Memory: You may link with a lifetime in Germany, in a technical occupation, perhaps during the industrial revolution or earlier working with print. You find a greater efficiency.
2nd House

 (Ascendant in early Pisces or late Aquarius)

Experience:  A crisis may force a new  idea about earning money through your own talents. You may want to streamline your material life, perhaps in a whirlwind of decluttering.

Memory: You see yourself in ancient Mesopotamia, presiding over a bartering scheme or in an ancient market place, trading in materials or jewellery.

3rd House

 (Ascendant in early Aquarius or late Capricorn)

Experience: You experience an amazing mental connection with someone, meet a vibrant stranger on a journey, or download a whole article from your guides at one sitting!

Memory: You see yourself as a teacher in Ancient Rome, speaking fluent Latin! This shows you that public speaking may be something you can confidently accomplish in the near future.

4th House

 (Ascendant in early Capricorn or late Sa\gittarius)

Experience:  There may be a new appliance in the home, such as a juicer, which makes a dynamic impact, but also may require some sort of adjustment to your lifestyle. Health and safety in the home may need checking.

Memory:  You may recall a lifetime where you led your tribe in a local rebellion or protection of your interests. The element of fire may have been important in that existence.

5th House

(Ascendant in early Sagittarius or late Scorpio)

Experience:  You may re-discover Astrology as a hobby. Perhaps as a pursuit it has become jaded for you lately, and enthusiasm is suddenly renewed. You find new angles of application.

Memory:  You tap into a lifetime in which the Inventor Archetype was strong in you. Perhaps you invented the wheel, or its equivalent for the times!  What could you invent now to enhance your life and those of others?

6th House

 (Ascendant in early Scorpio or late Libra)

Experience: You identify change which needs to happen at work, and in the working environment. You have been observing the needs of your fellow employees, and the practical conditions, and come up with the perfect vision of what could work all round.

Memory:  You return to a life which was in some ways linked with the medieval art of Alchemy. Perhaps an experiment turned into an explosion, and you feel a great need at this time in this life to get the relation between matter and spirit right, and ensure health and safety.

7th House

 (Ascendant in early Libra or late Virgo)

Experience:  Electric relationships come into your life: unusual people, with unconventional ideas, perhaps a group you knew in a past life. The nature of relationship is changing as we move into the age of Aquarius. You or someone close to you is in the vanguard of this fresh outlook and healthier relationship spaces.

Memory: You may hark back to a lifetime where separation in a close relationship took place through circumstances such as one partner going off to fight in the Crusades.  This may have tested the relationship to the core, but also made you aware of other levels of relating. In between lives, you may have learned more clarity around this.
8th House

(Ascendant in early Virgo or late Leo)

Experience:  You may come up with an unusual money-making scheme which may have a co-operative element to it. In meditation, you may currently be travelling to other dimensions.

Memory: You may recall a lifetime where you may have died through a false accusation, such as a witch.  You are able to re-affirm that your soul has lived through many incarnations, and its strength is everlasting.

9th House

 (Ascendant in early Leo or late Cancer)

Experience:  You may be suddenly whisked off for a short break to a country you and your companion once experienced incarnation.  There may be a resonance between events that happened to you then, and now.  Or less dramatically, you may be contacted by someone in a foreign land out of the blue.

Memory:  You may experience a lifetime in a climate and culture very different from where you live now, such as a land of Icelandic volcanoes and the spectacular sights of the Northern Lights.

10th House

 (Ascendant in early Cancer or late Gemini)

Experience: A sudden change in life direction or career.  It may be the end of a long phase of your life, but you recognize that change is important in terms of the work you need to do in the world.

Memory:  You may be looking at a lifetime where you were expressing your highest potential for the time (your highest potential is now!).  You may have taken on great responsibility in a hierarchy or type of administration.  You may, or may not, be surprised to see what you are capable of.

11th House

(Ascendant in early Gemini or late Taurus)

Experience : A friend produces a fresh insight into your life and character, which turns your thinking around 180 degrees.  This may be a direct karmic reward, in that you may have done the same for them in a past life.

Memory: You were perhaps part of a healing group in Atlantis, some members of that group being known to you today. The relationships between you were detached but very much connected on a higher level. You may be able to draw on the power of a group now for strength and healing.

12th House

(Ascendant in early Taurus or late Aries)

Experience: Meditations, dreams and reflections may bring something startling out from your subconscious mind.  Your best ideas come from solitude, and could revolutionize and enrich all levels of your existence.

Memory:  You feel the sacred nature of certain lifetimes and ways of life where you were really connected with the deeper levels of your psyche, perhaps in a religious or spiritual lifetime.

Hopefully, you will find the golden nugget this week among the chaos of our times.

Aspects

Tomorrow (Monday 19th) could bring inappropriate laughter.  You may be in a serious setting, and have a fit of the giggles, for instance.  If so, you can blame an opposition between Venus and Jupiter.

On Tuesday (20th) Mars conjuncts Neptune, and you may be experiencing confused energies.  Perhaps you go to the gym intent on weight lifting and end up on a rowing machine.  Whatever you plan to do physically may get erased and replaced by something out of your comfort zone.  It could be a good learning experience.  Beware of that gym instructor though, who may be distracting you.

The conjunction of Uranus and the South Node follows, so there is a chance to re-establish triumph over your fate.  You need to outwit Uranus with your intuition or deeper knowledge!  Events in the world may take a bizarre turn.  Look out for the unusual, and find its application above..

The Sun also enters Aquarius, so a real chance to get positive change established in your life.  If you have been feeling bogged down lately, you may feel re-energized, awake and aware.

A positive mindset will take you far today, because there is also a New Moon at 0 degrees Aquarius.  It is a mini-dawning of the Age of Aquarius.  You may be able to galvanize those kindred spirits, the brothers and sisters of spirit, to work towards  common causes.

A note to complete paperwork and other types of communication early in the week as Wednesday (21st) brings that popular (!) spanner in the works – Mercury retrograde.  If you are one who counts the days with this regular phenomenon you may want to note that Mercury turns direct again on 12th February.  Some choose to put all their documentation on hold for the retrograde period.  Just be extra vigilant about communications going awry, and you can avoid some of the mayhem.

Towards the end of the week, on Friday (23rd) there is an easier aspect to work with in the shape of the Sun sextile Saturn.  You feel more certain of your ground, and more able to plan ahead.  The Uranus-South Node conjunction is still keeping you on  your toes, but you may by now have acquired the  appropriate footwear, for say your trip to Iceland.  Calmness for Friday is the order of the day. And sensible shoes.

The week in bullet points:

  • Tomorrow – inappropriate laughter
  • Tuesday – some trickiness, some sparkiness, a lively day with new beginnings
  • Wednesday – communications gummed up
  • Friday – a leveling out of mood where solid plans can be laid

Aspects for the week beginning 11 January 2015

The Paris Shootings

As a million people plan to march through the streets of Paris, including 47 heads of state, in solidarity with the principle of freedom of speech, there seems only one subject for today’s blog: the  attacks by Islamic terrorists in the capital of France.  The beautiful city of Paris this week has been the site of tragic and alarming scenes.

Charts of France, and Hollande

With the rise of the far right in France under Marine Le Pen, the rise of anti-semitism, and the policy of banning the burka, arguably religious and racial tension is far greater than here in Britain at the moment.  At the time of the first set of shootings in the capital, the French principle of Liberty is being tested to the limit by the planets, and violence is to the fore: Mars squares the Mars of the French chart, while Jupiter conflagrates the whole issue of Liberty by a conjunction with its Uranus (Revolution) and an opposition to its Pluto.  A natal Uranus-Pluto opposition at the time of the French chart (the time of the Revolution) highlights the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity, but in such a way as to keep them simmering and evolving.  So this terrorist attack on the capital has at its heart the symbolism of the struggle for  freedom, in particular the freedom of speech.  Uranus also opposes the French Venus currently.

This would seem a defining moment for Hollande in his somewhat less than successful premiership, and indeed astrologically, Mars is sextile his natal Mars, giving him the opportunity to show his mettle, and preside over a global response to w worldwide problem.

By the third day of the crisis, when the gunmen were held in a siege and subsequently shot, Mars was squaring the French Midheaven, again highlighting violence and bloodshed.  The Uranus-Pluto square was then directly involved with Francois Hollande’s Nodal Axis, with Pluto on his North Node and Uranus squaring the Nodes.  Thus his own personal karma was coming directly in the line of fire of the current explosive square.  He is finding his own role in trying to solve the current dilemma(s) of our times.

Charts of the Protagonists

The main protagonists, the Kouachi brothers, were of Algerian origin, and there is a long history of tension from the French occupation of Algeria and then its struggle for independence from France.  The elder brother Said had an emotionally complex Moon conjunct the North Node, forming a T-square with an opposition of Chiron and Uranus.  Perhaps more telling was the religiously fanatical exact square between Jupiter and Neptune.  Chiron was exactly opposite his Sun at the time of the first shootings.  With Sun conjunct Uranus the planet of Revolution and five planets in the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius, the second brother Cherif would have identified with freedom, but in a very different way from his cartoonist victims.  He had Neptune at the Galactic Centre, which may have indicated a deeply hidden secret mission.  Mars trined his natal Pluto at his death: he who lives by the sword (or gun) dies by the sword (and not by the pen).   Their comrade Amedy Coulibaly, who was responsible for the siege in the kosher supermarket, on the day the three of them died, had a difficult and potentially destructive triple conjunction of Mars/Saturn/Pluto in Libra.

Religion and Spirituality

My history teacher Mr Burkimsher used to say there are no absolute truths, although that may not be absolutely true.  Violence needs to be denounced, and cannot be a part of any religion.  Islam is one of the three religions which partake of the Old Testament, which contains the commandment “Thou shalt not kill”  So how the jihadist principle of righteous killing has come to take precedence, I wonder, and only scholars of the Koran can answer.  God created all creatures on this earth.  I am a Universalist, and try to honour and respect all religions, but we live in a secular society.  Two incidents lately have arisen from direct mockery of what is sacred to others (which may have happened anyway).  I have a tendency to sarcasm, but am ever mindful that it can be the lowest form of wit. The first was the hacking of Sony, allegedly by North Korea, at the film mocking its leader Kim Jong Un.  I don’t feel is is right to mock someone who is still alive, in that way.  It is a fine line in my mind, because I feel it is important to speak out about the evils of his behaviour or regime.  There is something more provoking about mockery.  You may think this illogical, or splitting hairs.  Then the satire of Charlie Ebdo cartoonists towards Islam made mockery of the sacred cow of the Islamic religion.  Again, I feel you have to speak out against the violence, but I feel that mockery crosses the line.  I think that where we are led by the likes of Richard Dawkins and intellectuals who ridicule religion, and say it doesn’t matter, you underestimate the emotional intensity and connection with the human psyche which religion has for many.  For me, a person’s right to believe is sacred, but violence is not justified in any way.  So a moment’s silence for those who have died in this ideological war.  In marching in solidarity today, we are showing that peaceful protest is the way to lead by example, and not violence: love, not hatred.

Aspects

Mercury is travelling together with Venus at 9 degrees Aquarius today, although not exact to the minute, favouring literary efforts and arts projects, particularly for those Aquarians born around 29th January.

Mars enters Pisces tomorrow (Monday 12th), emphasizing the  passionate spiritual journey towards truth, and finding non-violent ways to negotiate ideological feuds.  Fight the good fight, but not in a bad way.

Venus sextiles Uranus on Tuesday (13th), a good day for finding revolutionary ways to relate and make art.  It is good for meetings, both prompt and impromptu.  I will be having a rare outing to the cinema, to see the film “Mr. Turner” which I reviewed astrologically a little while ago – that promises to be fascinating, although the film failed to pick up nominations for the Golden Globes this week.

We are treated to another sextile on Wednesdaqy (14th), that of Mercury to Uranus.  This may produce dynamic information, for instance on the health front.  Ideas may come out of the blue.  Look out for the left field on Wednesday – it could be a fruitful departure.

So far so plain sailing, but Thursday (15th) brings a square between Mars and Saturn, and another layer of the onion needs to be peeled.  There is further work to do, the next problem or stumbling block is revealed to be dealt with.  There may be a stand off, and one protagonist may feel they have to take a hard line, but as comedian Rik Mayall once said to some undergraduates in imparting his advice for life “Love is the Answer”.  There can be no solutions without the softening of the heart.

Later in the day the tough  theme continues, as Pluto squares the Nodal Axis, so some karmic reckoning is likely to be in the air.  This may well be a group situation, and you need to identify and take responsibility for your role within it, however insignificant a part you feel it may be.  Each person has responsibility, however small, in the whole picture.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – catch up on your paperwork, but make it enjoyable
  • Tomorrow – fight the good fight, in a good way
  • Tuesday – exciting for the arts
  • Wednesday –  good for brainstorming
  • Thursday – tricky from many angles; put safety first

Aspects for the week beginning 4 January 2015

2015The Year of Relief

“These are days you’ll remember.
Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this.
And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky.
It’s true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.”

~ Natalie Marchant, 10,000 Maniacs

The calendar new year is a cultural construct, unlike the equinoxes and solstices, which have astronomical significance. Nevertheless, the in-breath of the new year, after the out-breath of the old year, carries the energy of hope. This applies in the collective unconscious, and at least on the astral plane, if not the joy of the eternal now.

The coming year has at least one major blessing to look forward to: the relief from the pressure of the Uranus-Pluto square, which completes its mission in March.

A major challenge in your life which began around June 2012 should resolve or ease. If not, you should be in a position to let it go, put it behind you, and move on.

Concurrent to this 7-pronged assault (the number of times the two planets have clashed) has been the transit of Saturn through Scorpio, a pretty depressing position for Saturn.  Saturn entered Scorpio on 5/10/12 and left on 23/12/14. This has kept our mood set to a bass line of “realistic” for most of the period of action of the square.  Hopelessness and despair have been hard to counteract.

The aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto finale, as I wrote for the penultimate square in mid-December:

After the Square is Over

Now that we have almost reached the light at the end of this tunnel, we might be able to afford a look at how things might be at the end of this Square.  Some situations may resolve themselves by the middle of March, or after the last crescendo.  If yours has followed the twists and turns, especially in the chronology of this square, then maybe you will see a peaceful end to that struggle in the spring.  I expect that in many cases it will be merely an end to the intensity of pressure.  Where conflict and revolutions and dismantlings have been destructive or not sufficiently thought through, there may be a long recovery period.

The shape of things to come – Highs and Lows of 2015

(For your diary, or not)

2015

March

Tuesday 3rd:  (High) Jupiter trine Uranus – Enterprising and Successful

Tuesday 17th: (Low) last Uranus Pluto square – The denouement of the stressful challenges of the last two and a half years.  May be followed with an easing of pressure.

Friday 20th : (turning point) New Moon and Eclipse in Pisces – Spiritual turning point

April

Saturday 4th: (turning point) Full Moon and Eclipse in Libra – Conflict of interest

May

Thursday 7th: (Neutral) Possible date of U.K. General Election – Mercury trine the North Node – some karmic restoration

Transits of the Party Leaders:

David Cameron (Conservatives):[Low] Pluto square his Sun, Chiron opposite his Uranus

Ed Miliband (Labour): [Neutral] North Node transits his Uranus – A sudden change in fortunes

Nick Clegg (LibDems): [Mixed]  Saturn conjunct his Moon (emotionally dispiriting) but Neptune sextile his natal Mercury [the opportunity for some sensitive communication]

Nigel Farage (UKIP): [High] Jupiter trine his natal Sun (A stroke of luck).  Well, at the last election he survived a plane crash.  I am hoping the UKIP bubble will burst before the election, but he could get a seat.

Caroline Lucas (Greens): [Low]  Saturn conjunct her natal Mercury (mentally dispiriting).  Sadly, though the Greens have increasing popularity now, often this does not translate into success at the time of a General Election.

Will take a more in-depth look nearer the time.

June

Monday 15th: (Neutral) Saturn retrogrades back to Scorpio – revisiting some old angst

Monday 22nd: (High) Jupiter trine Uranus – Enterprising and Successful

August

Monday 3rd: (Low) Jupiter square Saturn – Stuckness, which may necessitate compromise

Tuesday 11th: 11.11am (U.K.) [Neutral] Jupiter enters Virgo – A revival of the work ethic. Good for the job market.  Also good for those interested in the numerology of the Master number 11, and planetary shifts.

September

Sunday 13th: (turning point) New Moon and Eclipse in Virgo – More industrial revival

Thursday 17th: (Low) Jupiter opposite Neptune – Religious fanaticism and confused moral perspectives

Friday 18th: (Neutral) Saturn re-enters Sagittarius – Change of focus, a little more hope perhaps

Monday 28th: (turning point) Full Moon and Eclipse in Aries – Conflict of interest

October

Sunday 11th: (High) Jupiter trine Pluto – A powerful day for positive change.  Perhaps the best aspect of the Year!

November

Thursday 26th: (Low) Saturn square Neptune – a sense of un-ease, in some ways difficult to pinpoint, but it is not a good time for diseases and epidemics, such as Ebola.

If I had to label this year overall I would dub it, in hope and expectation, the “Year of Relief”.

Aspects

This afternoon Venus sextiles Saturn – and it is a good, sober time, to evaluate your New Year’s resolutions, if you have not already ditched them.  It is a good time for devising strategies to ensure you keep on track.

Tomorrow (Monday 5th) promises to be eventful on the aspect front.  First, Mercury enters Aquarius (hard on the heels of Venus).  They can work together to stimulate ideas and conversation, and literary and artistic projects.  If these are part of your resolution list, you will be supported in getting them under way now.

There’s a Full Moon in Cancer at 14 degrees, bringing out emotion and nostalgia.

The Sun squares the Nodal Axis, so power play will necessitate a balancing act.

In the evening Mercury sextiles Saturn, which can enable the balance you seek, at least on a mental level.  It is also good for formulating plans on a mental level, and having serious conversations.

Thursday (8th) finds the Mercury-Venus conjunction in semi-sextile relationship to Neptune.  Conversation and artistic projects will still be going on, but may run into complications, or need extreme refinement. Earlier in the day, the focus will be on the artistic content, and later in the day communication will be needing clarity.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – solid relationship
  • Tomorrow – mixed influences, high emotion and power play, then balance
  • Thursday – clarifications needed

Aspects for the week beginning 28 December 2014

The Diary

At this time of the year, we often receive a diary or two, or buy one suitable to our needs.  Some may have diary writing as part of their New Year’s resolution list.  But a dedication to the art of diary writing isn’t everyone’s priority, and many find it tedious.

On 1st January (2015) it will be exactly 50 years since I started writing a diary.  My mother gave me a 5-year diary for Christmas.  At the front there was a challenge: “Not many people will complete an entry for every day of this 5-year diary”.  It proved to be a challenge I could not resist.

Those 5 years, from the age of 15-20 were teen angst in the best tradition of Adrian Mole, or shall I call myself Adrienne?  It was vital for venting  hormonal problems, and self-analysis in those crucial years.

After those five years, I continued to write, and have not broken the stream of consciousness for 50 years.  In time, the diary evolved through being a dream diary, to a spiritual diary, and certainly preoccupations changed with the phases of life.

At the end of the 5 years I discovered Astrology.  Eventually I came to realize the incredible value of having a written personal record for many reasons, but especially for the purposes of Astrological research!

Now for the last 7 years I have written this blog, which is very much an extension of the diary, but in online form, and also acts as a historical and astrological archive, and reference to match past aspects with events, both personal and in current affairs.

If you are hesitating, pen poised, wondering “Shall I, or shan’t I?” then maybe being reminded of the value and many applications of diary writing will sway your quill or inspire you to write on line, or blog.

Diarists

Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys, the diarist during the reign of Charles II and chronicler of the plague and the great fire of London, was a Piscean, but there is more than one date existing for his birth.

The first gives him an Ascendant of Sagittarius, conducive to diary writing, with the Moon (an everyday application) on the cusp of his 9th House, which rules some forms of writing.

The alternative chart gives him a Capricorn Ascendant, with the Moon rising (again, a daily discipline).

Both charts provide a conjunction of Mars and the Sun in the 3rd House of writing, providing an assiduous writing ethic, and much energy ploughed into the task.

Although his work proved a valuable historical document, it was encrypted in a form of shorthand, which method may be ascribed to the secrecy of Pisces.

Anne Frank

Anne Frank was born in Germany, but lived most of her (short) life in Amsterdam.  Her family hid from the Germans during the occupation of Amsterdam in the second World War.

Anne was a Gemini, which is the quintessential writer’s sign, but has the sensitive conjunction of the Moon and Neptune in her 1st House.  The diary is an expression  of her sensitive inner world and the turmoil of the family’s existence.  The Moon conjunct Neptune also reflects secrecy, including the secrecy of their lifestyle, as well as the complexity of her relationship with her mother.

The diary was given to her on her 13th birthday, 12th June 1942, which will have strengthened her Inner Writer.  She also has a vigorous aspect on this theme, with Mercury exactly sextile Mars.  She wrote over a period of about two years, and her diary was discovered by her father after her death.

Writing the diary was therapeutic and cathartic for her, and she wrote  about family life, her personal feelings, and events that were going on in her country.

Her last entry was 1st August 1944, ending on a poignant transit, Mars trine her natal Chiron, at what must have been a heart-wrenching time.

Tony Benn

Closer in time, Tony Benn, who died this year, after publishing his last volume, was a dedicated diarist, and wrote on personal themes, and historical and political ones.  His last volume, which chronicled his physical decline and ageing, is full of references to how tired he was.  In addition to his age (being well into his 80s), he had suffered for many years from a type of leukaemia.

His published diaries are extensive, and cover several decades of political activity, and public life.

I wrote when he died:

“I have read his diaries, and luckily for astrologers, he slips in the time of his birth within these pages. An Aries Sun often takes a lot of colour from the Ascendant in a chart, and in his case the ascendant is Virgo, which gave him a pedantic mind and a great deal of perfectionism, plus a predilection for diary writing.  The warriorship he displayed came from his Aries Sun, and Mars at the top of his chart – warriorship in action in his career and persona out in the world.”.

All these three diarists have left a valuable legacy.  Could your diary hold treasure for future generations?  The Catch-22 element is that a good diary needs the deeply personal element, and not many people would be willing for their work and life to be so exposed.  Samuel Pepys encrypted his, Anne Frank probably didn’t know hers would be published, but Tony Benn made it part of the art of his life to write and record and comment on society alongside living his life and was happy to publish and publicize  his inner and outer world.  He was a very open Sun in Aries.

Aspects

The week’s aspects start on New Year’s Day itself, so there are a few days’ rest to digest the old year, before starting the process of a New Year.

Mars opposes Jupiter on New Year’s Day, an enthusiastic and active aspect!  It is a bit like an eager puppy leaping up at you as you enter a doorway.  So some aspects of that may be a little uncomfortable, unless you are geared for it, or have the energy from within to match and meet the greeting.  So it is a good day for making resolutions, and for physical activities such as power walking.  But it is also an aspect where you may overdo things, or be a bit reckless.

The Sun squares Uranus in the morning of Saturday 3rd, so again there is a theme of recklessness or incident-proneness.  You may want to take a different route that day, on your power walk.  But be aware of the unexpected, as you go.

Saturday is likely to be eventful, as the afternoon (in the U.K.) sees the entry of Venus into Aquarius.  You may leave behind some of the loyalties of late 2014, and look forward to new encounters.    The power-walk, or the dog walk, may bring new people  into your life.

You may well see Saturday as a signpost for the new year, so look out for signs, hints and clues strewn on your path about the new directions for your life.

The last aspect of the week, the Sun conjunct Pluto, close to midnight on Saturday, should concentrate your mind.  It will challenge you to more depth in your thinking and experience.  The beginning of the new year seems literally full of new departures.

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!

Next Week: A look at 2015

The week in bullet points:

  • Thursday – frenetic
  • Saturday – the spanner in the works, new encounters, deep experiences

 

Aspects fior the week beginning 21 December 2014

Last minute gift ideas for the Zodiac signs

Physical: something to unwrap

Emotional: a gift from the heart

Mental: mind to mind

Spiritual: a transmission from the Soul

Aries

Physical: A football
Emotional: A Hug
Mental – Banter
Spiritual – Brotherhood

Taurus

Physical: A paint palette
Emotional: A kiss
Mental: An invitation
Spiritual: Forgiveness

Gemini

Physical: Newspaper subscription
Emotional: Space
Mental: A puzzle
Spiritual: Mental companionship

Cancer

Physical: Kitchen tool
Emotional: Heart
Mental: Sympathy
Spiritual: Connectivity

Leo

Physical: A lamp
Emotional: Attention
Mental: Creativity
Spiritual: Mirroring

Virgo

Physical: An organizer
Emotional: Privacy
Mental: Detail
Spiritual: An opportunity for service

Libra

Physical: Music CD

Emotional: Romance
Mental: Harmony
Spiritual: Unity

Scorpio

Phusical: Crime fiction
Emotional: Intensity
Mental: Challenge
Spiritual: Acceptance

Sagittarius

Physical: A book token
Emotional: Joy
Mental: A good joke
Spiritual: Universalism

Capricorn

Physical: Tights

Emotional: Warmth
Mental: Respect
Spiritual: Kindness

Aquarius

Physical: Computer software
Emotional: Freedom
Mental: Telepathy
Spiritual: Futurism

Pisces

Physical: A seascape painting
Emotional: Infinite permission
Mental: Letting go
Spiritual: Surrender, to the universe

Aspects

Late evening today, Uranus is stationary, prior to turning direct.  That is good news if you have been trying to get into the flow, trying to surf a wave, or trying to skip in rhythm – all of which are much more achievable when Uranus goes direct.  You might have been trying to get into the spirit of Christmas, or just to catch up with yourself, either way you may suddenly feel it is all doable.

It all happens at the eleventh hour tonight, as the Winter Solstice follows shortly after, at 23.03 Hours.  It’s the beginning of the end of the dark nights, and that sense of ennui or fatigue which overtakes many at this time of the year.  The Sun enters Capricorn, and  the surface glamour of office parties largely over, it is time to get down to the serious business of Christmas: the attention to detail which will ensure it all goes smoothly, and contemplating the real and profound messages of the season.  Earth healing is also a focus for this point in the year.

Tomorrow early morning (Monday, 22nd) brings a New Moon at 0 degrees Capricorn, a bright start to the day and the week.  It favours aspirational ideas about the organization of our society and ethical politics.  Perhaps, while doing your Christmas food shop in your local supermarket, you might suddenly be struck by a yen to run for your local council in the next elections, or how you might bring out your work into the world next year.  It is a day when you can put a first foot forward on this theme.

Venus squares the North Node on Tuesday 23rd, as we edge nearer Christmas.  We may contemplate the karma we have with our nearest and dearest, and how we might negotiate that over the Christmas period.  We may contemplate group relations in general, and past life group situations: pow wows on the plains of North America, tribal negotiations on the cold windy steppes of Mongolia, staging the production of Greek tragedy in amphitheatres.  There are people you have travelled with century after century, and you may be about to reunite with them.

Saturn in Sagittarius

In the afternoon, a major development takes place: Saturn leaves Scorpio, which has been heavy going, and enters Sagittarius, which Astrologers generally are welcoming (except for Sagittarian Astrologers of a certain age, who remember the entry of Saturn into Sagittarius 29 Years ago).  But, a change is as good as a rest, and you may have been battling heavy issues for the two and a half years of Saturn’s sojourn in Scorpio, which may look more refreshing under Saturn in Sagittarius.  There certainly seemed to be an increase in violence in society and around the world during Saturn’s trip through Scorpio.  Saturn may lighten up in Sagittarius, and see the lighter side of life.  There may be an attitude of “Why not laugh about your problems?”.  For Sagittarians though, and depending on where their Sun is placed in that sign, they may feel pinned down to a sense of reality which is not natural to their make-up.  Rose-tinted glasses, for instance, may have to be swapped for crystal clear lenses.

Christmas Day’s aspects are not easy – I wish I could say otherwise.  Mercury gets tangled up in the Uranus-Pluto square early on.  In the early hours, when Santa is trying to deliver the presents, hampered by the monopolizing activities of Amazon, Mercury squares Uranus.  Perhaps the grandson staying with you decides to go on an exploratory tour at the strategic moment you are putting the toys in a stocking.  It is a mentally strung out square, so maybe people have been trying too hard to prepare for Christmas, and find they are too overwrought to sleep.

Later on, around dawn, Mercury conjuncts Pluto, and the mental intensity deepens.  Don’t tell me you forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer!  How could you?  If you are a vegetarian like me, it might be a Freudian slip…And this year has been rife with tales of how poultry contains campylobacter and such like.  Honestly, you can’t take chances when you are hosting meat eaters.  The nut roast will be fine, though.

With all that mental tension, and the surfacing of the dysfunctional in order to arrive at the more functional family atmosphere, here is the game for large gatherings:

Astrodrama

(related to Psychodrama and Family Constellation therapy)

Divide up into groups of three, and each member of the group takes on the role of either Mercury (the Messenger), Uranus (the Rebel) and Pluto (the Transformer).

Each group then puts on an improvised Mike Leigh style short play, and the group who produces the best play, wins.

If you are having a solitary Christmas, you can feel relieved not to need to expend energy on group efforts, and can hopefully attend to your personal needs and tastes, and any inner tensions or  difficult memories.

But there is scope later on in the day for healing and having a good time, in the form of a sextile between Mercury and Chiron.  With all the accent on Mercury, you may find that Geminis and Virgos will somehow find themselves in the centre of the action on Christmas Day.  Later on, they may play a central role in the healing, and bringing everyone together after earlier irritability.  However, they need to relax themselves, as they could overstrain their nervous system or tolerance to alcohol, which may result in a Boxing Day hangover.

Geminis and Virgos, you can’t afford to get a hangover, for on Boxing Day you may again find yourselves at the centre of a rabble, with Mercury squaring the Nodal Axis.  Petty squabbles and disputes, or a sense of anti-climax may threaten to spoil what could be a civilized day with excellent conversation and more sensible eating.  Each person plays their part in winding up the Christmas season successfully, so don’t leave it all to the Mercury types.  In other words, don’t shoot the messenger, Mrs. Peacock, with the revolver in the library.

On Saturday 27th the revelries may officially be over, and the early hours (in the U.K.) may bring a sense of peace, with a sextile between the Sun and Neptune.  There may have been dramas, but there may also have been resolution.  A sense of spirituality reigns, perhaps after some tension held sway part of the time.  Perfect peace, and the sense of taking part in a group meditation may be the lingering impression of Christmas.

All that remains is for me to wish you, my dear readers, a very Merry Christmas!

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – a favourable surprise twist, and the celebration of the return of the light
  • Tomorrow – new beginnings
  • Tuesday – relationships under the karmic microscope; a new perspective on old problems
  • Xmas Day – much mental communication, some of it exhausting, culminating in healing
  • Boxing Day – karmic interaction
  • Saturday – serenity

Aspects for the week beginning 14 December 2014

Uranus-Pluto Square – The Penultimate

5.14 a.m. (U.K.) Monday 15th December 2014

This clash of the Titans, Uranus and Pluto, has been going on since June 2012.  Strictly speaking only Uranus was mythologically one of the ancient Greek Titans, but astrologically Pluto is a Titan in a loose sense (in my book).  The series of squares between these two planets reaches its penultimate peak tomorrow, with the seventh and final square occurring next March.  Uranus represents Revolution and Pluto represents Transformation, and together in difficult aspect they can make a ruthless combination in terms of dismantling the existing order.  The current square takes place at 12 degrees of Aries (Uranus) and Capricorn (Pluto), so if you have planets or sensitive points in your chart in that degree, you will be more affected than most.

Most Recent Phase

Since the last square in April, the two world developments which most easily come to mind as representative of this square’s influence are the rise of I.S.I.S. and the new developing cold war with Russia over conflict in the Ukraine.  I.S.I.S. had long been building up its force, and Putin has been in power for many years.  Both have necessitated involvement by the U.S. and Europe and other countries.

Outside of warfare and politics, the Ebola crisis has come more into focus, and there is urgency about finding a cure, and controlling the outbreak.  Arguably,  war is a more deliberate act of choice by mankind than the eruption of a virus.

Revolution vs Evolution

Revolution, as the province of Uranus, is linked with the sign which it rules, Aquarius.  It is a sudden process, out of the blue, sometimes born of future vision.  Both Uranus and Pluto can throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio, which recognizes the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.  It therefore acquiesces in the destruction of a form, in order that transformation may take place.  Plutonian action can be sudden like Uranus, but can also be a long process, involving psychological change or trauma.  It can uncover that which needs to be discarded.  A sign which resists change is Taurus, which upholds forms, believes in slower and less harsh evolution, and is ruled by Venus,  It is interesting that all three signs are Fixed signs.

Change can be disruptive (Uranus) and even destructive (Pluto), especially when change has not been planned properly, and is change for change’s sake.  An example of ill-thought-out changes are:-

Blair and Bush destroying the country of Iraq, without a thought for how to put the country back together.  Only today it has been announced that we are sending more troops to Iraq to combat the I.S.I.S threat, which is a by-product of the original 2003 war.

The dismantling of the N.H.S. by the present government when they came to power in 2010.  The implementation of Andrew Lansley’s plan to destroy the infrastructure (which was just working, waiting times were going down for instance) meant that the destruction was happening, without any simultaneous protection and rebuilding taking place.  The scheme was apparently so complex that it was not even understood by senior ministers.

The Arab Springs, arguably, too, though enthusiastic about righting the wrongs of tyranny in the Middle East, have not as yet justified the hope invested in them, if events in Egypt and Libya are to go by.  It may have loosened up some injustices by airing them, such as the treatment of women, but in some cases conditions have worsened.  Mubarak, the president of Egypt, who was despotic enough to spark the revolution, has now been pardoned.  The plight that sparked the Arab Springs was real enough, but sadly the planning was absent, and the new dynamic leaderships have not come into place.

An example, albeit on a smaller scale, of a successful project which caught my eye, was the rebuilding of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, which was destroyed and redeveloped, and re-opened in February, keeping to the integrity of the original (which had been in a poor state) but bringing it into the 21st century.  It is a relatively small example, but was an inspiring story in terms of the execution of positive change.

We need to think much more about how we plan, approach and execute change.

The Zodiac Signs and their Relationship to Change

You may recognize these patterns for your Sun sign or those of others.  If you are more of a Revolutionary than indicated by your Sun sign, you probably have Uranus or Pluto rising or strongly aspected with your Sun.

Aries can be an agent of change, in that it is a sign of action.  Sometimes any action is better than stagnation for an Aries.  You may recruit an Aries in the early stages of a revolution, but as they like to initiate projects they may lose interest at some stage.  They don’t always have staying power, and  may move on to other projects.

Taurus is the sign most resistant to change.  It is a sign which tends to pursue a course of action, and help support things as they are, which is why it has been labeled as most likely to get into a rut.  We rely on Taureans to be a rock, so it is hardly surprising that they often don’t know when to stop being a rock, and may not notice at what point there needs to be a different course of action.

Geminis are dilettantes of change.  They like variety, and so they like small change.  Geminian Comedian Russell Brand has recently written a book entitled “Revolution”, but he would probably run a mile if he was forced to knuckle down and implement big change (witness his reaction when asked if he would actually enter politics).  Geminis may like the idea of change intellectually, but not always the reality of huge change.  Russell has Uranus (Revolution) at the top of his chart, so his book should do well!

Cancerians like their home comforts too much to be enamoured of change.  Again, if they have a strong Uranus or Pluto in their make-up, they may toy with the idea more seriously.  Some Cancerians can even become agoraphobic, and reluctant to leave the cosiness of home, so they are not likely to be strong contenders for Revolutionary of the Year.

Leos don’t mind being the change they want to see in the world, but would have trouble subscribing to someone else’s vision or project of Change.  That famous Leo Napoleon started out as a revolutionary, but soon made it his own, and established himself as a Despot.  Leo is the fourth arm of the Fixed Cross, and so involved with Power and Change with its Fixed fellows.

Virgos would not tend to initiate change, liking to serve quietly.  They could if you twisted their arm and invited them to play a role for the service of their community, be persuaded to work for the cause.  But they are too health and safety conscious to risk upsetting the status quo and then having to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.  Virgos are often found as the mainstay of the N.H.S. and know that revolution can get in the way of doing their job properly in the short term.

Libra likes equilibrium, and harmony, and peace, so not readily attuned to change and revolution.  Often though you find a combination of Aries and Libra in a chart, such as that of John Lennon, and such individuals find that their desire for peace is a spur to activism and the urge for social justice.

Scorpio is a sign which understands the need for real change.  To them it is obvious that energy is recycled, and therefore certain forms must die.  Often they recognize that you can’t put old wine in new bottles, and so you just do away with the current situation, and start anew.

Sagittarians are optimistic, and may think that while there is life there is hope, so there may not be a need for revolution.  But if they are interested, they can be enthusiastic recruits for say the Foreign Legion.  They might go happily to the ends of the earth for adventure and excitement.

Capricorn is the arch reactionary of the Zodiac, the upholder of existing Institutions.  Currently, with Pluto being in their sign, they may be stirred up and ripe for change, and so out of their usual character.  They understand the need for structure, and also understand that slow processes are often the wisest and most sacred.

Aquarians are most in tune with Revolution for its own sake.  Change is their middle name!  A change is as good as a rest for them (as it is in a more micro fashion for Geminis).  It can be their Future Vision pushing them on to pursue the changes of society, when in positive mode.  However, some more negative types can make harsh changes without considering the consequences.  What Aquarius and Scorpio have in common is the tendency to say “Enough is Enough!” when enough is enough.

Pisces would not tend to effect change, but change can be water off a duck’s back for them, or conversely deeply disturbing.  They understand the currents of the zeitgeist and the collective unconscious, so could probably explain to you the complexities of  why the changes are taking place, even if they themselves are suffering from cutbacks.

My Personal Story

No doubt you or someone close has a long running saga which may be attributed to the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, and which hopefully will be resolved by the last square in March.

Uranus is in my natal 12th House, which among other things governs deeper states of heatlh, and has been conjunct my North Node this year.  So the square has caught up with me.  I usually get through life, and health issues, on meditation alone.  But now it seems to have come down to the physical level, and I am in a process of reconstruction which has to proceed inn divine right order.

The dentist would like to take out two teeth and replace it with a little denture.

He can’t proceed with that until my cataracts are removed.

The cataracts can’t it seems be removed until my diabetes is under control.  This was revealed on 10th November, since when I kicked my lifelong sugar addiction.  I have ordered a copy of “Sugar Blues” by William Dufty, which I meant to read decades ago.

Well, it is my birthday tomorrow, and I usually like to spend it in spiritual retreat (at home).  There was a report this week that you are more likely to get into mischief at home, because so many Health and Safety measures have been implemented into our society…!

After the Square is Over

Now that we have almost reached the light at the end of this tunnel, we might be able to afford a look at how things might be at the end of this Square.  Some situations may resolve themselves by the middle of March, or after the last crescendo.  If yours has followed the twists and turns, especially in the chronology of this square, then maybe you will see a peaceful end to that struggle in the spring.  I expect that in many cases it will be merely an end to the intensity of pressure.  Where conflict and revolutions and dismantlings have been destructive or not sufficiently thought through, there may be a long recovery period.

Aspects

The Sun trines Jupiter today – make the most of this!  Foster your optimism and positive thinking (I know, positive thinking has become a dirty word in some circles, but it often has its place).  Be adventurous, philosophical, and even sporty if you are inclined!

Venus sextiles Neptune, so foster the Arts and spiritual relationships in your life.  Tease out those exquisite nuances which make life so interesting.  Be inspired in your Creativity!

In the early hours of tomorrow morning (Monday 15th) Uranus squares Pluto, so tread cautiously, and pray for the state of the world.  If you witness conflict, step outside it mentally and ask for guidance from the inner planes about ways to help.

On Wednesday (17th) Mercury enters Capricorn, and thoughts will turn to serious matters or ways of thinking, and practical solutions.

Saturday (20th) starts well, with Mercury sextile Neptune.  You will be in tune with your spirituality, and in the flow, so do what you can during the day.  Later Venus will get entangled in the Uranus-Pluto square, firstly in a square to Uranus.  You may inadvertently upset someone’s feelings.  A complicated situation may be such that as a balancing act it is difficult not to upset someone.

There may be a domino affect, because later Venus conjuncts Pluto, and Chinese whispers may mean that your delicate negotiations are scuppered and the game is up.  You may end up pleasing no one, least of all yourself.  Events from Monday’s Uranus-Pluto square may give you the prior food for thought that you need to understand the situation and what you might do about it, in advance, before things get too out of hand.

Finally, and I can’t not write about this, it is the Final of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday evening.  I predicted that Jake and Frankie would do well, and that Pixie may not endure.  I wrote three blogs with four contestants apiece, and never got round to blogging about Caroline Flack.  Now Caroline has been at the top of the leaderboard for the last two weeks!  So I cannot complete this blog without a look at her chart and that of her partner.  Caroline is a gutsy Scorpio (ruled by Pluto) with Uranus conujunct her Sun (a true Revolutionary and agent of change).  She may take this contest by stealth, having come up from the margins at this late stage of the game.  She has Mercury conjunct Venus in Sagittarius, which takes shape in her career in broadcasting, but she could also be a writer in the making.  Her Jupiter is conjunct her North Node, which can give her karmic luck a boost at strategic points in her life.  So is this one of those times?  At the Final, Neptune (the planet of dance) is positioned exactly on her South Node, so she will be honing her dance skills to the max…but these skills she is bringing through now may actually be part of her past-life skill set, so is that cheating?!  Others have been criticized for prior knowledge of dancing, but usually in this lifetime.  Her partner Pasha Kovalev is an intelligent Sun/Mercury Capricornian,  Her Mars sparks his Uranian inventiveness in a square, so they are using this tension in its most positive potential.  He has Jupiter trine his Neptune (dance) at the moment, which accounts for some of their current success, but on their transits for the final, I would give the trophy to another of the contestants.  I would like Jake to win, but astrologically Frankie Bridge stands the best chance.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – exciting potential
  • Tomorrow – major challenge
  • Wednesday – serious thinking
  • Saturday – starts out fine, then encounters turbulence

Aspects for the week beginning 7 December 2014

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown announced this week that he would be standing down as an M.P.  This prompted an evaluation of his premiership, and speculation as to his place in history.

Speaking on Question Time,  Lib Dem M.P. Shirley Williams gave a spirited defence of Gordon Brown, revealing at the same time a great deal of integrity on her part.  She  is growing  old gracefully.  The panel and audience were very split on the subject, and several speakers acknowledged that never mind politicians, we can all be psychologically flawed.

As Andrew Rawnsley put it in the Observer this morning: “Friends  have talked about his large mind and formidable will.  Foes have focused on his brutishness to colleagues and volcanic temper”.

Scottish Referendum

I wrote in September, just before he made his famous speech which “saved” the Union:

“I must say, he has the best set of transits for the Referendum. This is intriguing because it flies in the face of all the rest of the astrological evidence… Maybe people will be patting him on the back for his efforts, and that constitutes a hope for the No campaign.”

Triumphs and Failures

On the one hand, Gordon Brown was a great Chancellor under Tony Blair’s government.  And when the great financial crash occurred in 2008, a worldwide phenomenon, he did much to stabilize the immediate crisis by bringing together heads of government all over the world.

On the other hand, he failed to impress as a Prime Minister, and was increasingly exposed as having an ungovernable temper towards the end of his time at No. 10, famously caught out in the election campaign calling a voter “bigoted” who had been expressing concerns about immigration.

He never seemed to get on to a sure footing when he came to power, after years  waiting in the wings as understudy to Blair.  There were several crises and dramas soon after he came to power, such as the bombing of Glasgow International Airport.

Aries and Pisces

I have long been fascinated by the shape of Gordon Brown’s birth chart.  Long before he made it to the office of Prime Minister, I used to say he was not suited to the post as he was an extreme introvert.  He has several planets in the introverted sign of Pisces including his Sun, and in the introverted 12th House (Jupiter, North Node, Mars and Venus).  His Aries Ascendant presents the gruff bear-like character for which he is criticized, which is his outward personality.  The very real charitable side, his Piscean nature, is well hidden.  But this shaping gives him a great deal of inner vision, and it is possible that this has inspired his resignation, among other things to support his charitable work.

I am not branding Aries the villain here and Pisces the hero.  I could have just as easily said his Aries strengths include plain talking, and his Piscean weaknesses include manipulation.  But my original portrayal is how I have felt the chart shaping plays out for him.  We all have contradictions in our charts, but Aries and Pisces are a particularly Jekyll and Hyde mix.

Transits of Change

At the time of his announcement of resignation,  Gordon Grown had positive indications of change in his chart.  Uranus (main planet of change, moving towards his Ascendant) was trine his natal Moon in the 4th House  (indicating lifestyle change);  Neptune  (his ruling planet) active in two respects, trine his natal Uranus (appetite for Change) and sextile exactly his natal Midheaven (careerpoint) indicating nebulous plans for his life direction, and greater charitable involvement.

Blair vs Brown

It is most ironic that, after all the feuding, and the impatient waiting to be Prime Minister, and then becoming Prime Minister and not making a great success of it, that Brown’s overall reputation in terms of legacy is turning out to be ahead of that of his rival Tony Blair, who is mainly remembered for taking us to war in Iraq.

Aspects

It’s not an eventful week on the aspect front, and what aspects there are,  are on the whole favourable.  The very worst of it is a change to retrograde motion by Jupiter, but we can live with that.

Tomorrow morning (8th) in the U.K., the Sun conjuncts Mercury in Sagittarius, which is a splendid start to the working  week.  If you have the week off to do Christmas shopping, then that should begin with a swing.  Merits of this aspect are focus, a go-ahead quality, and insight – all qualities which you can bring to your endeavours for the start of the day and week.  Bright prospects for the House, or area of life, occupied by 16 degrees Sagittarius.  Get that momentum going!

In the evening, plans may slow down or take a different turn, as Jupiter goes stationary prior to turning retrograde.  Perhaps a philosophy which has served you for a while is suddenly called into question.  You know how sometimes you are on a winning streak with a particular course of action or habitual practice, and then suddenly it doesn’t work, for no explicable reason?  You are being challenged to enlarge your philosophy, and perhaps change your strategy, and look for the deeper truth.

Venus enters Capricorn on Wednesday (10th) afternoon.  That warm expansive heart with which you bought early Christmas presents may suddenly grow more economically focussed as you realize that your purse won’t stretch as far as you’d like.  You will need to focus on quality rather than quantity, and  the thought will count a lot more.  You may be more inclined to give gifts that are ecological and environmentally sustainable.

It will be good news for Capricornians right the way through the month to 3rd January, as they will be feeling the Love.  If you are an early Capricorn, prepare to feel it this week, if a middle Capricornian you’ll be warmed to the cockles just before Christmas, and if born at the end of Capricorn New Year will be extra romantic.

Finally, late morning on Friday (12th) a wonderful trine between Mercury and Jupiter lights up our lives.  It is good for travel, and will be especially be good for retail outlets (forget Black Friday, it will be Gold or Silver).  Shoals of Christmas post will be arriving through your letter box, with communication being  a highly starred feature of this trine.  You may be wanting to Skype far away places, and flout the economic regime for a day which you began mid-week.  In fact, you could be in expansive mood until next Monday, when the next Uranus-Pluto square urges another look at what is going on.

Next Week: The Penultimate Uranus-Pluto square

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – Mental sparkle, and philosophical conjecture
  • Wednesday – new economic measures
  • Friday – business and sales thrive, and uplifting ideas

Aspects for the week beginning 30 November 2014

Phillip Hughes

Around the time of the Sun-Neptune square last week I heard of several people who passed at a young age in tragic circumstances.  The cricketing accident which took Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was very much a shock in the public arena, mourned  especially by fans of the game, and his Australian compatriots, but  the death of a young life leaves almost no heart untouched.

To those of a spiritual persuasion, it would look highly likely that this is a karmic event, or in the nature of a Soul Contract.  For the bowler who sent the ball to Phillip Hughes’ very vulnerable neck area, Sean Abbott, the devastation is huge and is likely to affect his entire life.  Cricket is one of the lowest risk sports, so the chances must have been so low, and no one would have anticipated what happened.

I will look briefly at the charts of the two men, and their  synastry and transits, to see what the karmic picture may look like.

Phillip Hughes’ Chart

At the age of 25, Phillip was known as a cheeky chappie, and one who practiced an adventurous style of play.  This very much fits the description of his Sun sign of Sagittarius.  His natal Sun was exactly conjunct Mercury, making him a highly intelligent player. This conjunction was trined by Mars, adding great energy to the enthusiasm.  Mars is often strong and prominent in sports players.

He had a very difficult triple conjunction of Saturn/Uranus/Neptune, common to his peer group, but it is difficult to know how that manifests and in what area of his life, without a birth time.  The death experience may be involved with that conjunction.

His Nodal Axis squares his Sun/Mercury conjunction, and that would indicate that karma played an important role in his life, but also that he was involved with large groups of people in this interaction, such as cricket teams.

He has been described as extremely likeable, and he has a charming eexact sextile between his Venus and Neptune.  But Venus also conjuncts Pluto, and again that potent Pluto effect may have been involved in his untimely death.  Overall though his Venus (sociability) is strongly placed in his chart, being also exactly trine his natal North Node (Karmic mission) and trine his Chiron, forming a Grand Trine of talent.  His North Node in Pisces may indicate that ultimately his karma was of some sort of sacrifice, for example to bring about a greater attention to the safety of helmets.  This theme of self-sacrifice is reinforced by an exact sextile between his North Node and his natal Neptune, the planet of sacrifice.  At the age of 25, he may not have developed any conscious awareness of this principle:  the event would probably only have been known on a Soul level.

Mars, one of the planets which rules accidents, formed a T-square in his chart with an opposition between Neptune and Chiron, and this is one of the factors in his chart which shows the potentiality of a poignant accident.  His Chiron (the wounded healer) is opposite his difficult triple conjunction.

Accident and Passing

There were some strong transits to his natal chart, but I am still looking for that definitive transits linked with this tragedy.  I suspect that a major indicator of  such an accident is on one of the angles of his chart, but one would need a birth time to detect that.   Pluto was sextile his natal Pluto, so he will have been at a powerful tide in his life’s work.  Neptune was exactly trine his natal Chiron, and so fate would have it that this was a wound rather than a conventional healing, but from a spiritual perspective he would have received great help through the transition from the other side (who would have known in advance).

At the time of the injury and passing, Mercury was conjunct Saturn (sad news, indeed) and the Sun was square Neptune, which can give rise to bizarre occurrences, surrounded by confusion and mystery.

Sean Abbott

Sean Abbott was the bowler whose tragic fate it was to administer the blow to the head, and he has two interesting conjunctions in his chart.  One is a triple conjunction of Venus/Saturn/Mars which speaks of a tragic loss suffered during sporting activity.  It takes place in Aquarius, which is a context of team interaction.  The other conjunction, which is very close, is between Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, which might in certain circumstances give rise to being a victim of the bizarre and the shocking elements of life.

There is an emphasis on Capricorn in his chart, with the Moon and the North Node also in that sign.  I have not studied the charts of bowlers, but it seems to be that the role of the bowler, like the goalie in football, carries much responsibility within the team, and the hallmark of Capricorn is responsibility.  The North Node in Capricorn represents a karmic mission which is tied in with a responsible role.  If his Soul knew before incarnation that this was to be his “responsibility”, within an “accident”, it is a huge undertaking, and will dominate his consciousness for a long time.  We do not know the history between the two Souls, and what has given rise to the possible karma – these things are often only revealed in regression, or in spiritual meditation, when the individual is ready.

Sean Abbott’s Transits

Mars was sextile Sean Abbot’s natal Pluto at the time of the accident.  This indicates that he was in a phase of strength and power, and symbolically this is played out in the type of bowling action known as the “bouncer”, which took place.  Forcefulness was a hand played by the Universe particularly at that time to Sean Abbott, but not in a destructive way, and it was a routine type of play.  This implies that Sean Abbott himself was “played” by the Universe for greater reasons than just a freak accident.  Again, at this time we do not know those reasons; often we need divine permission or timing for information to be revealed.  In time, in his process, Sean Abbott may himself come to understand why this tortuous event happened on his watch.  Another coercive factor was Jupiter exactly squaring his natal Pluto, which can in terms of power mean overplaying your hand.  Again, there was no likely conscious knowledge of that in his mind, but again it is symbolic of what happened.

Karmic Connections

When we come to look at the karma between the two men, the indications are very strong that they interacted in previous lives.  Their Venuses were exactly sextile, and they may have been brothers in a past life.  Sean Abbott’s Saturn (responsibility) was exactly sextile Phillip Hughes’s Venus.  He may have been an older brother, with responsibility for a younger sibling.  In this incarnation, Phillip Hughes was the older, Sean Abbott being merely 22 years of age – very young to be responsible for an accidental death.  They have a number of personal connections.  But the most telling karmic connection is that of Sean Abbott’s Sun exactly conjunct Phillip Hughes’s North Node (karmic mission).   This indicates an inescapable and unavoidable meeting of karma, which can often be a favourable link, but the pre-birth Soul Contract will indicate what has to be played out.

The outpouring of emotion, particularly from Hughes’ team mates, has been understandable given the level of shock and tragedy of the event.  Family and friends will be inconsolable, and will need a great deal of support.  On the other side of the veil, he will be given the utmost care to deal with the shock of his transition, I believe from my years of experience of regression and inter-incarnational work.  Let us hope too that the young bowler Sean Abbot is also able to receive the specialized care needed for someone in his situation.

Aspects

Mercury squares Neptune in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Monday 1st).  Many of us are starting new ventures, or have resolutions regarding the organization of the month ahead.  As it happens, we are having an overhaul of our heating system at home, including new radiators and a new boiler, because our system is entirely antiquated and not functioning properly.  I normally associate Mercury square Neptune with leaky radiators, so I am hoping that this will merely be describing the problem, rather than the solution which is sought.  If you are starting a new venture, you may have some nervousness about how it will work out, but that nervousness may help you work out how to approach the venture, and show you ways to circumvent possible problems.

Later in the day, towards evening, Mars will be sextile Saturn, and the picture may look much more solid.  You may be already able to see some of the results of your work, which has manifested in practical results.

In the early evening of Thursday (4th December), there may be cause for celebration, with Venus trine Jupiter.   Perhaps the work of early in the week has been completed to your satisfaction.  However, the benefits are more likely to be on the social scene, or even on the romantic front.  Engagements and declarations of love could be on the cards.  A party or soiree is likely to go with a sparkle, perhaps an early work Christmas do.  Oh how I remember those from my pre-retirement days…awkward, but full of anticipation, with the promise of getting to know workmates better (or their alcohol-fuelled personae).

The Sun trines Uranus later in the evening.  Of course, these gatherings  sometimes used to get out of hand, but not this one.  It will pleasantly surprise you, but stop short of embarrassment.

Later still, three minutes before midnight to be precise, Mars enters Aquarius, and the responsible authoritarian types may let down their hair.

The Sun squares Chiron on Friday (5th).  Again I have mismanaged my astrological diary, because I have scheduled a dental appointment for that day, and the picture does not look good.  Healing matters could be tricky, and I imagine some painful conversation between myself and my dentist.  All I can advise is to choose your words carefully in advance.  It won’t alter the facts of the matter, but I take comfort in the fact that you cannot suffer more than your karma dictates.

The early hours of Saturday (6th) brings some rebalancing in fhe form of Mercury trine Uranus.  You may have some bright ideas about your own healing, or about communication or paperwork.

Later in the morning, Mercury squares Chiron, so some of the ideas you try out may not work, but keep looking out for ideas and inspiration, something may eventually click for you.

By lunchtime, the Moon at 14 degrees Gemini  draws to a Full, opposing the Sun.  Heightened emotion will centre around communication issues, such as travel, or sharing information.  Communication will succeed better where both parties are engaged in both heart and mind.

The week in bullet points:

  • Tomorrow – information or other leaks; more solidity later
  • Thursday –  congratulations and jubilations
  • Friday – health matters
  • Saturday – solutions, problems, and emotions

Aspects for the week beginning 23 November 2014

The Do-Gooder Rock Gods

There’s a trinity of do-gooding rock musicians in the U.K., who are sometimes regarded with cynicism.  This week has seen some aspersions cast on Bob Geldof’s  new version of “Do They Know it’s Christmas”; people wonder what is behind Bono’s dark glasses; and did Sting really save the rainforests?

I thought I would take a look at their charts to see if there is any common ground for the impulse to do good in their charts.

Bob Geldof

In May this year I was writing about Sir Bob in the context of the tragic  death of his daughter Peaches:

“Sir Bob Geldof is an edgy personality, and musical (Libran) but has no planets in the rock god sign of Scorpio, a compelling opposite sign for Paula. With Chiron rising in Sagittarius and Moon exactly trine Jupiter he has a desire to heal the world!”

Just a few months later, we find him organizing a reprise of the 1984 Christmas single, with an added incentive of tackling the Ebola crisis, bringing together the fresh faces of the current pop music scene, including One Direction.  His current initiative has been criticized by some as being “cultural imperialism”.  There have been accusations of self-aggrandisement,  a false portrayal of  Africans, and questions about how much of the money raised actually reaches the intended destination.

Sir Bob is both an optimist (Moon exactly trine Jupiter) and a realist (Mercury exactly conjunct Saturn).  He has the power to change the world in profound ways (Pluto closely trine his Ascendant).  He is an activist (Mars sextile closely his Midheaven/Careerpoint, which bisects a trine between Mars and his Chiron).  He has a karmic mission as a humanitarian (Moon closely square his Nodal Axis).  I didn’t like his anthem for the workers (with the Boomtown Rats) “I Don’t like Mondays”, but I do admire his drive to help.  In his autobiography “Is That It?” he wrote about lying in bed anguishing about Africa, and being presented with a vision of a tunnel and what he must do appearing at the end, which culminated in his work on Live Aid.  Spiritual guidance, indeed.

At the original recording of the Band Aid single in 1984, Chiron was trine his Mercury (a healing work initiative), Pluto was exactly sextile his natal Venus (profound music), Neptune was exactly trine his natal  Mars (spiritual action), Mars and Chiron were exactly trine his natal Saturn (the taking on of responsibilities), Jupiter was  exactly opposite his natal Uranus (a radical enterprise) and Saturn squaring his natal Pluto (beset by the anguish of the world) – that was a lot going on, for one man at one time.

Bono

Bono, Sir Bob’s partner in the Band Aid initiative, had a weekend of ecstasy followed by agony last weekend.  On Saturday he was singing on the new Band Aid single, and on Sunday he had a serious bicycle accident (injuring his arm and an eye) in New York, from which he will need intensive treatment for a long time to come.

Frontman for the band U2, Bono has the Songwriter Archetype in the form of Venus conjunct Mercury in his chart.   His songs include “With or Without You” and “Beautiful Day”.

The eyeshades are not just an affectation of his Midheaven in Scorpio persona, but apparently to alleviate the eye condition of glaucoma.

His Moon conjunct Neptune can be do-gooding and charitable, and is certainly a sign of sensitivity in a chart, on a personal level.   He and his band have been accused of of clocking up too many air miles, and recently upset the music industry by their compulsory downloading of their recent album.

He is both reactionary (Sun trine Saturn) and revolutionary (Sun square Uranus), responsible and liking the trappings of fame, and wanting to change the world.  His Sun trines the North Node (karmic leadership) and his Ascendant, forming a Grand Trine, showing someone who can get things done.  His Moon is sextile exactly his natal Jupiter (echoing Bob’s positive trine between these two planets), and the Moon bisects an exact trine between Pluto and Jupiter (the wielding of power).  The Moon also trines Chirion (the impulse to heal).  He has Mars exactly trine his Midheaven (echoing Sir Bob’s Mars/Midheaven Activist sextile), and Jupiter sextile Chiron (the Will to Heal).

At the time of the historic first Band Aid effort, Pluto was conjunct Bono’s Moon, depicting the deepest emotional process, and  transiting Pluto was also exactly sextile his natal Jupiter (a profound contribution  borne of Good Will) – two very telling transits.

But what was going on for him to produce such a fateful weekend on 15th/16th November?.  On the Saturday of the live recording, the Sun was sextile his natal North Node, a karmic nod from the Universe. Venus was conjunct his Midheaven (a musical high in his career), but there is not a lot to distinguish the two days astrologically.  On the Sunday, the date of the accident, Mars and Saturn appear in the picture:  Mars transits his Saturn, and Saturn transits his Midheaven.  The combination of Mars and Saturn can produce a harsh physical scenario, and Saturn approaching his Midheaven can signal a time  of protracted difficulties for his career and life direction.  I hope that he recovers as quickly as possible from this painful trauma in his life.

Sting

Sting rose to fame in his years as lead singer of the Police, with hits such as “Every Breath you Take” and “Roxanne”.  He and his second wife Trudie Styler became self-styled champions of the ecology of the rainforests, and for a time their profile was highly positive.  Sting left the Police to go solo, and “Fields of Gold” was a highly popular song of his own penmanship.  But then, they were ridiculed over their tantric activities and general middle-class smugness, and Trudie was the subject of a court case filed by a former employee, which tarnished her reputation, which had been built up also in her own right as a promoter of peace, patron of the Buddhist Peace garden in London, in association with the Tibetan Foundation.  The garden was opened by the Dalai Lama.  Sting himself is currently working on a show about shipbuilding communities, inspired by his boyhood and the hardship of the North East.

Sir Bob Geldof and Sting are born only three days apart, in the same year (1951), with their Suns in Libra.  So some of the same impulses motivate them  both.    Sir Bob has the global sign Sagittarius rising, and Sting  is a showman, with Leo rising.  Despite a possible air of self-indulgence,  Sting does have a profound thinking conjunction of Pluto and the Part of Fortune in his 1st House.  He also has the Moon conjunct Neptune (exact in his case)  in common with Bono, that compassionate emotional make up.  Like Bono, too, he has Sun square Uranus, a desire to change the world.  His North Node (karmic mission) too is in the compassionate sign of Pisces.  He has Mars exactly trine Chiron, the desire to heal through action, which Bob Geldof also has but not to the exact degree.  He has Jupiter closely trine his Ascendant, and can be an ambassador for good will.  Pluto trines his Midheaven, so there is a great deal of motivation to do something worthwhile with his life, such as alerting the world to the dangers of deforestation.

He did sing on the original version of “Do They Know it’s Christmas”,  purveyor of  the actual line “the bitter sting of tears”.  He shared some of the same transits as Bob Geldof on that occasion, such as Pluto sextile his Venus, and Chiron trine Saturn.  As you can see, the three of them share a great deal in their natal charts, too, of goodwill and compassion, much as they are also individuals of free will.

Aspects

With most of the aspects occurring in the early hours of the morning in the U.K. it’s a week for Dreamwork.  Take out your dream diary, dust  down and polish it, and use a good pen with free flowing ink to honour the occasion that this week brings.  Symbols are likely to come up in dreams, and where appropriate I will list some.

If you are in the U.S. the events will occur mainly in the evening, and may influence your dream content.  They may be more emotionally focused.

If in Australia, the events will occur mainly in the morning, and may be very practical and active.

In the early hours of this morning, Mercury squared Jupiter, and so your dreams may have seemed outlandish, and choc full of information.  Someone may have given you too much to think about the night before.

Dream Symbols: Bicycles, Globes

You may have a lot of ideas about how you want to spend your day, which may slightly overstretch you so you may have to prioritize.  For instance you may feel torn in more than one direction, having received two invitations.

Chiron stays stationary today, prior to going direct.  It’s an important time to redirect your thoughts in a positive way for healing purposes.  There’s a book by Martin Brofman entitled “Anything Can be Healed” and this title would make a good mantra to take you through the day, or week.

On Wednesday (26th) in the early hours Mercury is conjunct Saturn.  If you are going to have a nightmare, this may be the time, although it wouldn’t be a night terror, just a mildly depressing scenario such as being stuck or weighed down.

Dream Symbols: Exams, Grooves

You may wake with a lack of enthusiasm for the day’s tasks, the opposite of the Mercury-Jupiter square earlier in the week.  The real task during the day is concentration and application.  You may think “I’d rather be playing Golf”, but you could end up with a real sense of achievement if you stick at things.

On Thursday (27th) in the early hours first Venus trines Uranus, then the Sun squares Neptune.

With Venus trine Uranus, you may have unusual and vivid dreams, and possibly some interdimensional travel.  You may meet some arresting figures in your dreams.

With Sun square Neptune, you may get lost or have some foggy elements, after the more vivid interactions of Venus-Uranus.  There may also be some sleeplessness, or periods of being half awake, half asleep, neither here nor there.  You may still feel sleepy when you awake, and may need a cup of breakfast coffee or a healthier equivalent.

Dream Symbols: Electrical Wires, Romance; Fog

During the day the influence could still bring interesting meetings, but also complicated interactions, depending how each of these two aspects affects you.  For instance, Venusian (Taurus and Libra) and Sun types (Leos) may be more affected than most.

Later on in the day, Venus squares Chiron, and the Taureans and Librans may feel challenged by a healing conundrum, such as ascertaining the cause of an allergy.

On Friday (28th) Mercury enters Sagittarius, and you may experience wish-fulfilment dreams.  Snuggled under the covers, you might want to take yourself back into the dream, and assist some lucid or creative dreaming.  You could mentally take yourself through the day in a positive manner, ensuring that you rise in a good mood and can carry that through the day.

Dream Symbols: Magic Carpets, Horses

During the day, you may find it easy to get some momentum going on your plans, especially if they involve travel.  You’ll find it easy to find information you need, whether on Google, or in a plain old fashioned library which is threatened with closure somewhere near you.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – mental or physical travel; healing moves
  • Wednesday – concentration
  • Thursday – exciting meetings, then complications; healing conundrums
  • Friday – optimism