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The Next Step Newsletter January 2017 – The Cardinal Grand Cross

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Here are some highlights for manifestations of planetary patterns in December: I post these as it is insightful and educational for us to see how astrology is constantly manifesting in the world in many different ways, weaving a tapestry with its constantly changing symbolism over time. Ultimately, I hope this will serve as a historical record.

 

December 2016 Review

 

December 1st: Certainly not confined to one day but this has been running for the past year, the extreme-to-extraordinary drought in California. 43% of the state is suffering from these extreme conditions. This reflects the Saturn (shortage, limitations) square to Neptune in Pisces (water).

 

December 1st: Widespread sexual abuse of young boys by football coaches has been reported, with many dozens of footballs admitting how their coaches abused them as children. This reflects the symbolism of Saturn (authority figures) in Sagittarius (sport) square to the midpoint of Neptune in Pisces (deception) and Chiron in Pisces (deep emotional wounds). These are coming out now as Uranus is shining the light of truth, in its square to Pluto, on abuse of power. An independent trust has been set up to ‘establish justice’ (Jupiter in Libra, the sign of justice and fairness): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38211017.

 

December 3rd: A moving short film from CNN about Midway Island, half way across the Pacific, which is covered in plastic rubbish. This also reflects Saturn square to Neptune, as above, and Neptune is associated not only with the seas, but also with plastic: http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2016/12/world/midway-plastic-island/. They are referring to Midway Island as ‘plastic island’ in this video.

 

December 5th: Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, resigned today after he lost the Italian referendum to reform the constitution to give more power to the Prime Minister. He supported the EU, and the clear ‘NO’ result suggests the discontent of the Italian people with EU policies, particularly austerity. This follows other ‘shock’ elections such as Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump’s election in the US. There is much greater anti-establishment feeling being voiced, and this is all a clear reflection of the powerful Jupiter in Libra-Pluto in Capricorn-Uranus and Eris in Aries T-square. It is about social activism, and protests against mainstream government authorities.

 

December 5th: After peaceful protests lasting many months on the part of the Indian tribes and their supporters, the Dakota pipeline will not be going ahead as planned, which may have affected the water supply for the Indian tribes and many other people drawing water from the Mississippi River. The protesters had been attacked by militarised police, armed with water cannon, pepper spray, and rubber bullets, as well as attack dogs: https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/4/breaking_obama_admin_halts_dakota_access. This protests also reflects the T-square as above, and the ‘powers that be’ were very obviously controlling and violent (Uranus square Pluto). The protest also reflects the square of Saturn to Neptune in Pisces; Saturn here represents ‘corporatocracy’, in its rulership of Capricorn, and Neptune in Pisces is the planet most associated with water, and oil; the battleground in the protest. This win by the protesters also shows the power of social activism, which in this case was entirely peaceful. We will see much more social activism through 2017.

 

December 6th: Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, today called for the banning of Muslim full-face veils in public. She stated the importance of seeing the face in human communication: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/06/europe/angela-merkel-full-veil-ban-germany/index.html. Her call for the ban follows national bans in France, Belgium and Switzerland of full-face veils. This reflects Saturn in Sagittarius, Saturn represents rules and regulations, Sagittarius represents the law, and religious beliefs. Chiron is now squaring Saturn, which can suggest that Germany feels ‘vulnerable’ culturally around this issue of full-face veils. It is also partly Merkel’s response to the rising anti-establishment vote across Europe (Uranus square Pluto).

 

December 6th: Riots broke out in Athens today, as protestors commemorated the death of a teenager at the hands of the police 8 years ago:https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/riots-disrupt-athens-after-peaceful-march-over-teens-death/2016/12/06/71ae898e-bbdd-11e6-ae79-bec72d34f8c9_story.html?utm_term=.3f7630e74136. Here we see the Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus-Eris T-square in action again.

 

December 6th: Here is a shocking and powerful report from superfoods guru and activist David Wolfe at Standing Rock: https://www.facebook.com/DavidAvocadoWolfe/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf. He has discovered that every few days there is an oil or gasoline leak in the US, usually of many thousands of gallons. These leaks do not seem to be covered in the mainstream media. This reflects not only Saturn (pipeline) square to Neptune in Pisces (leaks, oil, and water), but also Chiron in Pisces, ‘wounded water’.

 

December 9th: Doctors in London have successfully concluded brain surgery without incisions, using sound waves: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38264853. The sound waves are targeted on the specific part of the brain that needs treatment, and the patient remains awake throughout, with no recovery time needed. This reflects the symbolism of Uranus semi-square Neptune, and also Chiron in Pisces, vibrational medicine. We will see much more of this in the future.

 

December 10th: The CIA allege that the Russians hacked the US election campaign in favour of Donald Trump: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38273933. This reflects Saturn square to Neptune, what is true and what is not, what can we believe and what not. Neptune is linked to deception. At this time the Uranus-Pluto square was also operational, always associated with cyber crime, as Pluto=crime, underhand activity, and Uranus=internet. The Moon was exactly conjunct Uranus (shocking revelations) to do with the public (the Moon), and issues of power and government (Pluto). Whether this eventually turns out to be correct or not is irrelevant to the point here – that there was shock amongst people on that day, fulfilling the astrological symbolism.

 

December 10th: As the Moon was exactly conjunct Uranus and Eris, and highlighting the eruptive, revolutionary quality of the Uranus-Pluto square, two bomb blasts went off close to a stadium in Istanbul. They were believed to be a car bomb and a suicide bomber. The Moon conjunct Uranus is linked to shocking events involving the people: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38276794. The bombs killed 38 people and injured many more.

 

December 10th: A bomb attack at a cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, happened the same day as the astrological symbolism above: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38280627.

 

December 13th: Today we have a Full Moon SuperMoon at 22 Gemini, when the Moon is very close to the Earth, and therefore exerts a greater gravitational pull on the Earth’s tectonic plates. Within the last few days there have been 4 earthquakes around the Tobago and Trinidad areas: http://earthquaketrack.com/p/trinidad-and-tobago/recent. The SuperMoon, plus the Jupiter-Uranus-Eris-Pluto T-square (eruptive and disruptive energy) are the astrological indicators linked to these.

 

December 13th: On the night of the Full Moon SuperMoon in Gemini, when the Sun and Moon are square to Chiron, there is an outpouring of emotion for the fate of the citizens of Aleppo, as the city is completely taken over by government forces: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/civilians-killed-spot-battle-aleppo-nears-161213133240891.html. There is a shocking situation in Aleppo, with innocent citizens being shot on the spot, and dying in the street. The world is full of emotion and sadness over this wounding. Chiron can very often feel like injustice; it’s just not fair what is happening to innocent people. This appears to the the final battle (everything coming to a head with the Full Moon SuperMoon) to take Aleppo back into government hands.

 

December 14th: Today China flew a nuclear-capable missile over the South China Sea, in a display of force as a warning to President-elect Trump about his attitude to China and Taiwan: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/12/12/donald-trump-vs-china-labott-dnt-tsr.cnn. This is a threatening act, protesting (Uranus) against President-Elect Trump (soon to be leader of the government+Pluto).

 

December 17th: China has protested against US surveillance in the South China Sea. This reflects the symbolism as above, plus the still operational Saturn-Neptune square, about territorial boundaries (Saturn) at sea (Neptune in Pisces).

 

December 17th: Large demonstrations erupt in Warsaw, Poland, protesting against the government’ curbing of the free press. This is considered a threat to democracy as well as free speech: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38352742. This clearly reflects the T-square between Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus-Eris. Uranus is associated with people rising up against their governments (Pluto). Also today Mercury is conjunct Pluto, the meaning of the symbolism is government control (Pluto), and Mercury is communication, the press and media. The conjunction is in Capricorn, the sign of constitutional matters.

 

December 19th: Today the Russian Ambassador to Turkey has been shot dead in Ankara. We’re building towards the Capricorn Solstice on the 21st, when the astrocartography particularly highlighted Russia, Turkey, and the Middle East, as Uranus (planet of sudden, shocking, often violent events) is falling across those countries at the Solstice. I mentioned this in my last video: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/19/europe/turkey-russian-ambassador-shot/. We still have the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, always associated with terrorist attacks. Turkey may be more in the news around the 26th February, as the Solar Eclipse at 8 Pisces aspects the Sun of the Turkish leader.

 

December 19th: A terrorist attack occurred at 20.14 local time in one of Berlin’s Christmas markets tonight, when a lorry deliberately drove into the crowds, killing 12 but with many more seriously injured: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-38370364. At this terrible event, Neptune was at the Mars/Chiron midpoint, and the South Node was at the Mars/Neptune midpoint. Both of these speak of great sorrow and compassion at the time of an attack (Mars), and somehow this event reflects our collective consciousness (South Node). The Uranus-Pluto square is part of the picture, as with any terrorist attack, and Saturn in Sagittarius (foreigners and religious beliefs) square to Chiron in Pisces suggests suffering and woundedness as a result of the actions of foreigners. The driver of the lorry was from Pakistan, and had been living in a refugee camp. In Germany, this is a very sensitive issue currently, with the rise of anti-immigrant AfD party.

 

December 21st: The oldest bank in the world, Monte-dei-Paschi in Italy, is on course to run out of money in four months: http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/746008/Italy-bank-crisis-Monte-dei-Paschi-run-out-of-cash-bailout. This reflects the square between Jupiter and Pluto, as Jupiter expands the Pluto associations of debt, default, and deficits.

 

December 23rd: A potential Christmas Day terrorist attack in Melbourne, Australia  has been foiled with 3 people arrested and detained: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38411935. This is lucky, as we have great potential for volatility and explosive and shocking events from now to the end of the month, with Jupiter opposing Uranus on the 26th (so expanding the symbolism of Uranus), and Uranus will be stationary direct on the 29th, emphasising its symbolism yet again.

 

December 25th: As the Jupiter-Uranus opposition comes to exactitude, with Jupiter expanding the volatile, eruptive and shocking nature of Uranus, there was a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake reported off the south coast of Chile, and a tsunami warning was issued: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38430564. This is exactly the type of natural disaster that occurs under this aspect. Luckily there were few injuries as it was several kilometres off the coast.

 

December 30th: As Uranus was stationary direct at 20 Aries, thus emphasising its symbolism, President Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the US, as a penalty for what he said was Russian hacking of the US election: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04kt3p1. Uranus is the planet most associated with the internet, and in its square to Pluto is linked to hacking and cyber crime. It is appropriate that this came into the news today (whether it is true or not, this is the symbolism that is coming to prominence).

 

 

January 2017

 

The dominant aspect for January, indeed up to April, is the Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus-Eris T-square. Jupiter is travelling between 21-23 Libra, Pluto is at 17 Carpricorn, and Uranus and Eris are at 20-21 Aries. Haumea, the dwarf planet, is at 23 Libra, opposing Uranus and Eris through to early 2018.

 

I have written and spoken extensively about this aspect already, how in mundane (world) sense it is about an increasingly powerful surge for social, economic, and political change; a sense by many people that they want to rebel (Uranus and Eris) against powerful social structures such as governments, banks and corporations who are controlling and autocratic (Pluto in Capricorn), and feeling more and more that society is not equal, fair or just for the majority (Jupiter in Libra). There is a louder and louder call for equality, freedom and fairness for all. These strong feelings frequently boil over in street protests, or in massive peaceful but powerful protests such as Standing Rock, where the indigenous people and their supporters are opposing the drilling of the North Dakota pipeline under the Mississippi River, that could endanger the drinking water of many in the land. It could cause major pollution in the area too. There are many pipeline spills of oil and gasoline in the US that go unreported. The threat of water pollution is suggested by the square between Saturn (authority figures, corporations, as Saturn rules Capricorn) and Chiron in Pisces, literally meaning ‘wounded water’. The square between Saturn and Neptune in Pisces is fading now, but is connected to deception (Neptune) of corporations (Saturn) surrounding oil and water. (Neptune in Pisces).

 

There is a increasingly strong feeling by many people that they want to defend the Earth from any further pollution, toxicity, and damage. This movement suggests the influence of Haumea, who in myth is linked to healing and regeneration of the Earth. This symbolism will become a growing part of our consciousness as we move towards 2020. Haumea is also linked to a new consciousness of understanding that we are co-creators of our world, not victims. The struggle many of us are experiencing with the ‘powers that be’ is raising feelings of victimhood in many of us, suggested by Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Saturn (the tangible, everyday, 3D world) for some people is becoming too much for our increased sensitivity (Chiron in Pisces). Saturn is currently square Chiron. Many of us are feeling this clash between the overwhelm of world events versus our own sensitivity, in order to bring this to our awareness. We can therefore change this, by realising the power of our thoughts and feelings to manifest our reality. Haumea conjunct Jupiter and opposing Uranus and Eris speaks of major breakthroughs in our consciousness, the ability to shift our perception and our level. We move from victims to co-creators.

 

It’s interesting that we also had a strong Uranus-Pluto aspect in the mid-1960s (the conjunction), when it was a huge time of social change in many ways, linked to civil liberties and rights, particularly of groups who felt themselves to be disadvantaged (the Black Power Movement, Women’s Lib, etc). Chiron was also in Pisces then, representing a love for the Earth, peace, and being guided by a higher spiritual sense. Then we had the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and people living in peace and love in communes, it was the age of ‘flower power’.

 

The square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces is being replaced by Chiron in Pisces. However Saturn is also still squaring the Neptune/Chiron midpoint, so Neptune is still part of the picture. Saturn is travelling between 21-24 Sagittarius, Chiron is at 21 Pisces, and Neptune is at 10 Pisces. The square between Saturn and Neptune has muddied the water, in terms of what is true and what is not, what we can believe and what not. There has been much ‘fake news’, and a clear picture of many areas of our life, especially in the political, social and economic areas, has been hard to come by. Who can we trust? Where is the honesty? Sagittarius is the sign connected to truth and honesty, but Neptune in its lower expression is confusion, muddle, and even deception by authority figures (Saturn). This many result in some of us feeling like victims in the system (both Chiron and Neptune in Pisces).

 

However, equally, Neptune and Chiron in Pisces serve to remind us of spiritual law, and spiritual integrity. They both encourage us to turn within, and that the inner world is more important than the outer world (Saturn, the tangible 3D world). The dissatisfaction (Neptune) many of us feel with the limited viewpoints and rigidity of the laws (Saturn in Sagittarius) in society, and the controls, is making many of us realise that the true reality lies within each of us, and we can make our own reality once we realise this. The more we can live from the inside out, having a future vision (Jupiter-Uranus) and using our thoughts and emotions to manifest it, the better our lives will flow. The more our focus is the outer world, the tangible, the limited (Saturn), the more we will feel a sense of control (Pluto in Capricorn) from external authorities, and feel victimhood. This discordance will eventually make us turn to our spiritual centre, and have a daily practice that can nurture and cultivate that as the place from which we grow.

 

Jupiter opposing Uranus encourages us to see wider horizons, bigger visions, and vaster possibilities. It is an aspect of shedding old stuck patterns that no longer serve us, that feel stale and outworn. Uranus energies can be impulsive, wanting us to break out, have more newness and variety in our lives, especially if you have anything between 19 and 23 of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). There can be a feeling of exhilaration, freedom, and excitement. Uranus, with its connection to our superconscious, can help us to suddenly see things from a different point of view, and that can expand (Jupiter) our consciousness.  Uranus is not defined by 3D reality (Saturn), but operates more in 4D reality, where we lose that sense of time or space. It can give piercing clarity. Essentially the T-square means that Jupiter it expanding the possibilities of personal breakthroughs and transformations suggested by the Uranus-Pluto square, but now Haumea and Eris are included in that T-square, increasing the likelihood of shifts in energy and consciousness. It is likely that we will see more evidence of life beyond our own Earth, and even our galaxy, in 2017, due to the Jupiter-Uranus opposition. We will see new technological breakthroughs with this aspect too, that could be quite revolutionary.

 

2017 is likely to be a highly ‘Uranian’ year, partly as the US President-Elect has a natal Sun-Uranus conjunction, and he is likely to dominate world politics this year. Uranus is also transiting rapidly over the next few months, so it will be exciting, adventurous, and liberating, but don’t expect your plans to be set in stone. We will need to be flexible, as in general there will be many fast-moving events this year, things changing direction without warning or explanation. We will experience the unexpected, the unpredictable, and the extreme. We need to go with the flow of this, don’t resist. 2017 will be a fast-moving year of change. Try and keep a higher perspective on events, know there is a bigger picture unfolding, so you don’t become frustrated by the changes. The message of both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces is to surrender to a more transcendent reality.

 

Most of 2017, we also have an excellent aspect for manifesting our visions in tangible form, and that is the trine (positive aspect) between Saturn and Uranus. Uranus soars high, and innovates, especially when in aspect to Jupiter, then Saturn can make it real and practical. This is a great combination to put our manifesting muscles to the test.

 

Mercury is retrograde until the 8th January, moving back to 28 degrees 51 minutes Sagittarius, conjunct the Galactic Centre. This suggests that we may be able to receive some high level information around that day, as the Galactic Centre is a powerful vortex of radiation and cosmic information. Mercury then starts to move forwards though Capricorn again, so whatever you have been reviewing or re-evaluating (see where 15 Capricorn back to 28 Sagittarius falls in your birthchart), can now move forwards. In fact, from the 8th, all planets are in direct (forward) motion until 6th February. This is a great time to move forwards with any plans or projects.

 

Then from the 6th to the 12th January we have more powerful aspects. On the 6th the Sun conjuncts Pluto at 17 Capricorn, highlighting the Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus-Eris T-square, so there may be intensity around this day. Then on the 9th the Moon in Gemini exactly squares Mars at 15 Pisces, suggesting some of us may have angry, if confused feelings, depending on where Mars falls in your birthchart. On the 10th, the Sun is in an exact square to Uranus and Eris at 20 degrees of Capricorn/Aries. All of these Sun-Moon triggers are likely to ignite the eruptive, revolutionary energy of the T-square.

 

This theme and intensity continues with a Full Moon at 22 degrees 27 Cancer on the 12th, at 3.33am PST, and 11.33am UK time. This Full Moon forms a powerful Cardinal Grand Cross with the Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus-Eris-Haumea T-square. If you have anything from 20-24 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) you will be likely to feel this. Again the rebellious energies of this aspect will be triggered, and we are should see some manifestations of this in the world. We may be feeling impetuous, impatient and restless ourselves, perhaps against any controlling or autocratic power, as the Sun is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon in Cancer brings up a lot of sensitivity, as Cancer is one of the most sensitive water signs. We may be feeling empathy and sympathy for others, wanting to reach out and nurture them, but equally we will be aware of our own needs for emotional and practical security. Feelings always tend to run high at a Full Moon, especially when, as here, they are in a sensitive water sign, as water represents emotion. Whatever is happening in the world, we may have a desire to hunker down in our own nests, and be with loved family members. In romantic relationships, this can bring up the polarity between security and comfort, predictability, versus wanting to be more independent and free, and express more of your individuality. Be aware of this and don’t act impulsively, as the intensity of these feelings may pass within a few days.

 

The strong ‘cardinality’ at this Full Moon is very good energy for you to take action, in a decisive, clear way, with purpose, depending on where 22 Cancer falls in your chart. Mars is square to Saturn at 18 and 22 degrees of Pisces and Sagittarius respectively, and this will encourage us to act with planning and discipline. This aspect can also be militaristic. This square becomes exact on the 18/19th January at 23 degrees Pisces/Sagittarius, when we may want to prune our objectives and simplify our goals to make them more achievable, especially if your have any planets around 18-23 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).

 

We have several planets in Pisces at this Full Moon: Venus, Mars, Neptune and Chiron. Venus is tightly conjunct Neptune, increasing our sensitivity and any feelings of vulnerability, but it can also make us very sensitive to beauty. We may want to spend time in nature, and be very aware of particular qualities of light. Neptune is connected to the intangible, so we may want to tune into that in some way, via meditation, music or creativity – or even painting or photography.

 

On the 25th and 26th the Moon is conjunct Pluto and squaring Uranus and Eris, again triggering the T-square mentioned above, and feelings may become intense over those two days if you have anything between 16-22 degrees of the Cardinal signs. On the 27th at 4.06pm PST and 00.06am UK time on the 28th, we have a New Moon at 8 degrees 15 Aquarius. We still have the stellium (multiple planets) in Pisces at this time, increasing our sensitivity. Of note, Mars is at 29 degrees 49 of Pisces, known as a ‘critical degree’, where we feel vulnerable. Mars is therefore on the Aries Point, the World Axis, where events of a Martian nature appear on the world stage. On 31st January, there is a Moon-Mars conjunction at this powerful degree point, so you may experience strong feelings that day, or people may even be energised into action of some kind. There may be a sense of urgency on the 31st too, as Mercury is exactly square to Uranus.

 

The Sun and Moon at this New Moon in Aquarius are between the Venus-Chiron conjunction in Pisces, and Saturn in Sagittarius. There may be a strong desire to challenge any mainstream views at this time, be independent and radical in our views, and be searching for our own truth amongst contradictory events. Uranus, a symbol of your own truth, rules Aquarius, and is also part of the powerful T-square described above. Sagittarius is also linked to the truth. Aquarius never follows the mainstream, it will always run counter to those views. There may be a greater desire to join a collective of like-minded people, whether this is local or global. Things in society that you may never have questioned come under scrutiny now. Mars aspecting Pluto on the 27th and 28th emphasises the radical, even angry theme at this time. Mercury is still conjunct Pluto on the 29th and 30th, and square to Uranus and Eris, and Jupiter and Haumea. We may turn more and more to alternative (Uranus) media (Mercury) to find our information, rather than mainstream (Pluto), particularly about any major ‘constitutional events’. Pluto is also connected to propaganda.

 

Just two hours after this New Moon, Mars moves into its own sign of Aries, the sign of the warrior. So together with the New Moon representing a new beginning, as Aries is the first sign, there is likely to be a strong feeling of newness and action. Wherever Mars is now moving through your chart, where Aries falls, is likely to be activated until early March.

 

So 2017 will bring many surprises and twists and turns to events. Find your spiritual anchor to give you a strong sense of centre, then sit back and watch the show unfold. Observe but don’t engage, don’t get caught up in the drama, just keep knowing that this ‘stirring up’ of many elements of society has purpose. In chaos theory, there has to be a period of unpredictability before a new system, or paradigm, is born. The quote below refers to this. The greater the flux, the greater the potential for big changes in your way of being. Let the old identities and self-definitions you have lived by fall away, and even any self-limiting beliefs, they will start to feel redundant. You may be changing out of all recognition in 2017, more than you could ever have anticipated. This is particularly if you have planets or angles between 17 and 30 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), as Jupiter and Uranus will be moving through those degrees by the end of 2017. Many of you will become activists and trailblazers for aspects of this new paradigm, representing your own sense of truth and authenticity (Uranus). Try not to look back to the past, but forward to the future, and step into that future you. Keep holding the vision of who you are now becoming, and don’t be defined by your past, be defined by your future. We are beginning a very different period in history with regard to our consciousness, and therefore this is a very exciting time to be alive.

 

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your amazing and loyal support in so many ways this year, and I wish you all an inspiring and magical 2017!

 

“Rather than a universe of static certainty, at the most fundamental level of matter, the world and its relationships are uncertain and unpredictable, a state of pure potential of infinite possibility.”

 

                                    Lynne McTaggart

 

 

I’m getting excellent feedback on my book, audiobook and video teaching products, and they are all great ways to learn more about astrology. I’ve recently filmed about an hour’s worth of video teaching on transiting Jupiter and Saturn through your birthchart. These are such important cycles in everyone’s life at any time. You will need to have a copy of your birthchart, which you can now  download from for free (www.thenextstep.uk.com), then the tutorial should give you some very rich information at any time in your life about where you are expanding, and can expect success, recognition and opportunites, and where you need to apply focus, work and discipline. These cycles are one of the first things I look for in preparing a chart. You will know from my updates where the positions of Jupiter and Saturn are in the heavens, and then can work out what that means for you in your life, and you can constantly refer back to them over the years. I have tried to keep all my videos very inexpensive, as I want them to be accessible for everyone. Here is the link to my store: https://gumroad.com/products/VsrvP. Enjoy!

 

 

My book: http://www.thenextstep.uk.com/you-dont-really-believe-in-astrology-do-you

 

My audiobook: https://gumroad.com/l/QNjf

 

The two part video tutorials on how you find aspects in your chart, and meanings of the houses in your birthchart: https://youtu.be/6D2mBJ78dV4. This will help you understand where all the New and Full Moons and aspects I mention in my updates fall in your own birthchart, and what that means for you in your life. The tutorials will last you a lifetime, as you can always refer to them.

 

Once you download a free birthchart from my website, you can start to use the tutorial videos straight away. There is a description that comes with the chart (which I did not write), and people have said this is very accurate. However, please remember that a computer-generated description with a list of characteristics is a very different experience to having a full consultation with a professional astrologer, who through synthesising this matrix of meaning, can give you profound insights into who you truly are.

 

You can find my recent video on the elements, modalities, rulerships and astrological signs at this link: https://youtu.be/QbQfkg1_PKQ

 

I am going to post the planetary positions each month. I will not include the Sun and Moon, as they move quickly, but will post the others so you can work out the transits to your natal chart:

 

Mercury: 2 degrees 42 Capricorn retrograding to 29 degrees 57 Sagittarius on the 8th, then direct back to 20 Capricorn.

 

Venus: 28 degrees Aquarius to 27 degrees 26 Pisces.

 

Mars: 9 degrees 54 Pisces to 2 degrees 26 Aries.

 

Jupiter: 21 degrees 11 to 23 degrees 5 Libra.

 

Saturn: 21 degrees 25 to 24 degrees 34 Sagittarius.

 

Uranus: 20 degrees 33 to 21 degrees 01 Aries.

 

Neptune: 9 degrees 44 to 10 degrees 47 Pisces.

 

Pluto: 16 degrees 57 to 17 degrees 58 Capricorn.

Newsletter December 2016 – A powerful T-square for us all

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Here are some highlights for manifestations of planetary patterns in November: I post these as it is insightful and educational for us to see how astrology is constantly manifesting in the world in many different ways, weaving a tapestry with its constantly changing symbolism over time. Ultimately, I hope this will serve as a historical record.

November 2016

November 2nd: Two police officers were shot in the early hours, in an unprovoked incident, in Iowa, US: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37845679. This reflects the symbolism of Mars/Pluto midpoint square to Uranus: sudden, eruptive, disruptive, violent, out of the blue shocking incidents.

November 2nd: Corruption appears at the top level of the South African government: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37845606. This reflects the square between Saturn in Sagittarius (truth) versus Neptune in Pisces (deception, fraud, things not being as they seem).

November 2nd: This isn’t specific to one day, but the protests against the Dakota pipeline continue. I can’t give a link here, as I can’t find any coverage on mainstream media of this huge protest, which speaks volumes itself, only on social media. It is a very big, clear, and tragic example of the continuing Uranus-Pluto square, but with Mars involved to energise it (Mars/Pluto midpoint square Uranus).  This is a huge power battle (Pluto). The symbolism of this I have described above, but classically the Uranus-Pluto square historically is about people rising up against the powers that be to demand greater equality, and to be heard. The involvement of Mars in this as well suggests anger, and even the violence that has been inflicted on the peaceful protestors. Neptune is strong at this time; particular when in Pisces, it rules oil, and water; the major issues in this battle. Neptune is square to Saturn in Sagittarius, asking how far the law (Sagittarius) is protecting water (Neptune in Pisces).

November 2nd: Again this isn’t specific to one day, but is coming to a peak in the last days of the US election. This reflects the angry, bitter recriminations between the two candidates (Mars/Pluto square Uranus), but also the Saturn-Neptune square of what is true and what is not, who can we believe or trust? There have been many, many issues of trust and honesty connected to both candidates.

November 3rd: A High Court ruling in London stated that the MPs must be allowed to debate the Brexit terms before the government triggers Article 50, and begins the withdrawl from the EU: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37857875. Apart from the sudden, unexpected change of direction with this, is it interesting that Mars was coming to the last ‘critical’ degree of Capricorn, linked to constitutional matters. The square between Saturn in Sagittarius (the law) and Neptune in Pisces (confusion, dissolving the prevailing direction) is still operational.

November 5th: American hackers have breached Russia’s government telecoms system and power grid: Source Russia Today. This reflects today’s Moon conjunct Pluto and square to Uranus; essentially the Moon is highlighting the Uranus-Pluto square, and the Mars/Pluto midpoint is also square to Uranus. The symbolism speaks of an aggressive (Mars) cyber attack (Uranus-Pluto).

November 5th: There were anti-government protests today in Florence, with tear gas being used against the protesters. The protests were about constitutional changes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37886766. This is very interesting as the Moon-Pluto conjunction is in Capricorn, linked to the government and constitutional matters. The Moon was highlighting the Uranus-Pluto square, so other protests were seen in Istanbul and Germany today too. The urge is for the people to rise up against the government and be heard. The Moon in mundane (world) astrology represents the people.

November 6th: Tiny homes are being banned in America: a great example of ‘corporatocracy’: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/tiny-homes-banned-criminalize/. People are protesting against this, again a reflection of the Uranus-Pluto square.

November 7th: A wonderful invention called a WaterSeer can obtain pure, fresh water from thin air. It pulls in water from the air, and sucks it down into a chamber in the ground which cools and condenses up to 11 gallons of water, and keeps it pure and fresh. Each WaterSeer costs only $134. This is a future vision to help the huge number of people in the world who have no fresh water: http://inhabitat.com/wind-powered-water-seer-produces-11-gallons-of-clean-drinking-water-from-the-air/. This reflects the symbolism of Neptune in Pisces (water) conjunct the Nodal Axis (the collective), providing water for the people.

November 9th: I mentioned in my last video that Venus, which is linked to currencies and money, today was conjoint the Galactic Centre at 27 Sagittarius, and on the 11th will be conjunct the Aries Point. Therefore we may expect some changes in currencies, or news involving money. Remember we also have other background aspects of surprise, sudden events etc. Late yesterday the Indian Prime Minister suddenly announced that certain widely used high denomination banknotes would be illegal in just a few hours, which has sparked panic amongst many Indian people, and 86% of the value of currency was taken out of the cash market, virtually overnight: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04fk2bk. This is a move towards a cashless, digital only society, which other countries are considering too, such as Australia. There will be more big movements in currencies over the next four years.

November 10th: Protests against the election of Donald Trump as President spread across major US cities, with protestors chanting ‘Not my President’, and burning effigies of him: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/us/trump-election-protests.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region&region=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region&_r=1. This reflects the angry Mars/Pluto midpoint square to Uranus and Eris in Aries, the sign of the warrior, and Jupiter also part of a T-square with the Uranus-Pluto square. Essentially, this is about a revolutionary sense of many people feeling they are not being heard or represented. Uranus is about people rising up against the powers that be, represented by Pluto. Mars can bring aggression into the picture, and Jupiter expands those rebellious urges. Things turned more violent in Portland Oregon on the night of the 10th, with police having to use tear gas and rubber bullets to dispel the crowd of anti-Trump protesters: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37946231. Under this same symbolism, tens of thousands of people protested in Seoul, South Korea, to demand the resignation of the President Park: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37961388.

November 11th: A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has erupted just off the north east coast Japan. As the SuperMoon of the 14th is the strongest for 70 years, and it is very close to the Earth, the gravitational pull on the tectonic plates is particularly powerful. We are already well within the influence of this Full Moon SuperMoon which is exact on the 14th, the closest one to the Earth since January 1948.

November 12th: A beautiful show of love, using social media. A dog owner in Cornwall sent out a message asking dog owners to join him on a beach for his pet dog’s last walk before he was put to sleep. Hundreds of people joined Walnut and his owner on the beach for this; a very touching display of so much love by dog owners, but also the power of social media to arrange this freely and quickly. We can achieve so much in this way, for the good: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37963605. This was just before the Full Moon SuperMoon on the 14th, an emotional cycle of closure and completion when feelings are running high. The Full Moon SuperMoon was in Taurus, ruled by Venus, representing love; in this case, for Walnut. 

November 13th: A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits the South Island in New Zealand. This is a huge earthquake: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/13/asia/new-zealand-earthquake/index.html, just as the Full Moon SuperMoon reaches a peak.

November 15th: The UK is experiencing some extreme situations in prisons. They are overcrowded, prisoners are rioting, and prison officers are threatening strike action. Neptune is strong this week, conjunct the South Node on the 17th and stationary direct on the 20th. Neptune is the planet most associated with prisons, and the square from Saturn is about withdrawal of labour (strikes). Neptune conjunct the South Node suggests the collective result of our actions in this area, and how we (or the government, Saturn) must make conscious decisions to do things differently in future.

November 16th: As Neptune squares Mercury, and tomorrow will be exactly conjunct the South Node, three Dutch shipwrecks have disappeared from the bottom of the Java Sea: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37997640. This reflects the symbolism of Neptune in Pisces: the sea, ships, missing, mysteries, and loss, and the square to Mercury suggests this will appear in the news. 

November 20th: Exactly on the day that Neptune becomes stationary direct, and therefore its symbolism is magnified, the oil company that wants to build the North Dakota pipeline has spilled 55,000 gallons of oil into the 3rd most endangered river in the US, which supplies water to the New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania areas. Neptune is the planet associated both with oil, and water, and deception, as this event did not appear on mainstream news. It also reflects the developing square between Saturn (=corporations, in its rulership of Capricorn) and Chiron in Pisces, polluted (or ‘wounded’) water.

November 21st: A 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan; the Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square is operational, and we are still in the orb of influence of the Full Moon SuperMoon of the 14th. 

November 24th: Jill Stein, former US Presidential candidate, is demanding an investigation of the US voting system where she is claiming that fraud or hacking may have been involved: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/23/politics/election-hack-hillary-clinton-donald-trump/index.html. She is now claiming that Hillary Clinton, who lost the election, has received 2 million more votes than Donald Trump. This reflects the continuing Saturn square Neptune, of what is true and what is not, and also we are building towards the New Moon in Sagittarius (sign of truth), but with the Sun and Moon tightly square to Neptune (deception, things not being as they seem). As my video notes, this describes a tension between truth and non-truth; the truth becoming more elusive, the deeper one digs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx7-JbGnKq4.

November 28th: As we are almost at the New Moon in Sagittarius, which as you will see from my video above discusses the elusive nature of truth, we have much in the news about ‘fake news’ and how we distinguish it from truth: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/27/how-can-we-spot-fake-news-stories-when-the-real-ones-beggar-belief. This is one of many articles about fake news, and how it may have even affected the US election.

November 28th: Saturn in Sagittarius (borders, foreigners, migrants) is still square to Neptune in Pisces (refugees, homeless, destitute), and the New Moon on the 29th has the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius square to Neptune in Pisces, which reinforces the same symbolism. The Turkish President Recep Erdogan has said to the EU that unless they open up talks to allow Turkey membership of the EU, and Turkish nationals visa-free travel, he will open up Turkey’s borders to allow around 3 million refugees, many from Syria, into western Europe: http://aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkeys-refugee-warning-to-open-border-with-eu/694932.

November 29th: We now have a square between Saturn in Sagittarius (the law) and Chiron in Pisces (literally ‘wounded’ or polluted water). So the meaning here is how far the law can or should protect the cleanliness of our water from pollution. Chiron is linked to a feeling of injustice, ‘it’s just not fair’. The Dakota pipeline is a big example of this, but more generally tap water is very polluted from many sources: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/11/29/water-stress-scarcity.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20161129Z2&et_cid=DM127052&et_rid=1774493852.

December 2016

A beneficial aspect that we have right through December, and it is operational for the next year, is Saturn in Sagittarius (17-21 degrees) trine to Uranus and Eris in Aries at 20 degrees. This aspect is exact on the 24th. This can be helpful and stabilising in contrast to many other aspects at the moment, as Uranus can bring breakthroughs and innovation, but Saturn helps to ground them and make them practical. It helps realism and pragmatism in situations where we may be feeling a soaring idealism, particularly after the New Moon at 7 degrees 43 minutes of Sagittarius on the 29th November, when the Sun and Moon were square to Neptune. The trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries should encourage us to become more self-sufficient and autonomous in our lives; this will be an important theme in 2017.

We have had a square between Saturn and Neptune for the last year, and we have seen this ‘what is true and what is not’ smoke and mirrors over that time amongst many world leaders; it was certainly prominent in the US election campaign. This aspect is easing now, but is being replaced by Chiron (at 20 Pisces) square to Saturn (17-21 Sagittarius this month), which may make us feel more sensitive and vulnerable. This is exact on 28th December. Chiron is the wounded healer archetype, but its impetus is always to help us shift our spiritual perspective upwards, to reach for something higher and better, to see the bigger picture. So on the one hand we may be very aware of the challenges in our 3D physical reality (Saturn), but the square to Chiron can encourage us to see them in a different way. What is the good that we are not yet seeing in a situation? What can it teach us? Is it encouraging us to take a different course of action in future, to reach for a better way? Both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces at 9 and 20 degrees respectively (so be aware if you have any planets or angles around those degrees of the mutable signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) are principles that make us aware of higher spiritual law, unconditional love, healing, and peace. The more we can meditate, be in nature or be creative, to achieve that altered state of ‘bliss’, so that becomes a bigger and bigger part of our daily reality, the better our outer reality will start to appear. We live from the inside out, not the outside in. Astrology proves that, in that everyone’s life reflects their birthchart, but lived at different levels depending on your consciousness.

If you have Neptune at 9 Pisces aspecting any of your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars), you may feel lower physical energy as Neptune dissolves your gross physical energy to refine your spiritual perception. If Chiron is aspecting any of your personal planets (20 Pisces), you may feel a little poorly, or even feel psychologically wounded by someone; but the message here is that you have outgrown that company, and have to see the situation from a higher state of being. So both Neptune and Chiron inspire us to something higher and finer, as if we are being guided by spiritual law.

Possible manifestations around the square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces may be about how the law protects (or doesn’t protect) water (Pisces). So this can take the form of pollution, or threats to water (the Dakota pipeline), and in general the quality and availability of tap water globally. Neptune in Pisces represents oil, and water, with Chiron’s symbolism in Pisces linked to polluted water, and feelings of injustice. Any developments in these areas are likely to trigger the  dominant symbolism for the next 5 months, that of the T-square between Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus and Eris, discussed below.

It will be important to be aware these aspects, as the outer world may be quite volatile and turbulent for some months. Try to observe but not engage, don’t get too emotionally charged about situations as it only energises any negativity you you may be feeling, of anger or injustice. For all of us it will be important to cultivate a sense of peace and calm, and we will broadcast that out to the world. We may feel some intensity on the 2nd of the month when the Moon comes to conjunct Pluto at 16 degrees Capricorn, highlighting the square to Uranus, Eris, and Jupiter. The Moon also aspects this T-square on the 9th when it is in Aries conjunct Uranus and Eris at 20 Aries, then repeats the conjunction to Pluto on the 29th. Those are all days when intensity may be felt strongly ‘by the people’, which the Moon represents in mundane astrology. The Moon also represents our own emotions, so be aware of not acting precipitously on those days. The end of December may be particularly intense with some surprises occuring, as Uranus which has been retrograde, comes to its stationary direct point also on the 29th December. A planet’s symbolism is always magnified at the stationary point, so the eruptive, sudden, rebellious, surprising and even shocking energy may come to the fore then. Remember the purpose of this is breaking down the old to break through to the new, and Uranus also has connections to our superconscious, and receiving downloads and insights from there to help us move forwards. Any insights we have received while Uranus was retrograde since 29th July, we can now start to implement, especially as Uranus gathers speed going into 2017. This can also help our creativity and innovation.

The dominant aspect until April 2017 is the T-square between Uranus and Eris in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, and Jupiter in Libra (17-21 degrees Libra). Jupiter expands the revolutionary, intense qualities of the Uranus-Pluto square, which is about people demanding a greater voice, and greater equality in society (an obvious example here is the Dakota pipeline), versus the big corporations, governments, and any autocratic controlling organisation. Uranus shines the light of truth on any corruption or under-handedness, or lack of honesty in big corporations. There is likely to be a high level of social activism this month and into 2017, as many people feel an increasing degree of control by these organisations (Pluto), and a shrinking of democracy (Uranus=freedom, independence, equality). Pluto represents issues of power, and the square to Jupiter in Libra will challenge how fairly, justly and responsibly that power is being used. The square between Jupiter and Pluto can expand (Jupiter) issues of debt, defaults and deficits, so these may appear in the news more over the next few months.

This is emphasised as most of the planets at the moment are in signs between Libra and Pisces, the last six signs of the zodiac. This can give us a feeling of being at times pushed around, or carried along by the tide of events. Neptune is conjunct the South Node, and although in its positive aspect can represent high idealism, in its less positive sense is associated with feeling like the victim (a natural result of feeling any injustice), disempowerment, disillusionment, disappointment, wanting to escape to a more spiritual and perfect reality. How have we got to here, you may be asking yourself. However, that response is giving away your power to the ‘other’, whoever they are. We have a choice in every moment in how we react to things. Use this prominent Neptune for the rest of the month to tune into your higher guidance, to ‘intuit’ what is your highest path, and whatever the circumstances to step into the light as the co-creator of your life. Everything in our reality changes when we shift our perception about our own power, and what we value. See whatever is unfolding for you now as a turning point. It is a collective closure, a completion, a pivot point; how can you start to see situations, and your own power within them, in a different way? Then everything starts to shift as we abandon our victimhood.

On a personal level, this T-square is about personal transformation and redefining yourself, particularly if any of the planets involved aspects any planets or angles in your natal chart (Jupiter 17-21 Libra, Uranus and Eris 20 and 21 Aries, Pluto 16 Capricorn). Jupiter is the planet of joy, expansion, personal growth, wisdom, abundance, and higher consciousness, and Uranus is the planet of sudden out-of-the-blue opportunities, and insights into our lives from a higher place of being. This opposition which is exact on 26th December, but continues until April 2017, can bring amazing unexpected opportunities into our lives, but we have to act quickly on them, as Uranus always speeds things up. It can give us a sense of excitement, fast moving events, liberation, and can help us innovate and be creative in surprising ways. It can make us want to travel, throw off responsibilities, be young again, and even challenge the prevailing social values and strike out in some alternative way. I believe the growing social activism will also galvanise a sense of global community, which will accelerate the proliferation of real communities springing up across the world, maybe living off-grid. This is partly because the last major Uranus-Pluto aspect (the conjunction) was in the mid-60s when peace, love and community living was prominent; now, as the square between these planets repeats, we vortex up in echoing that past, but living it from a higher level of being. As I have mentioned before, I believe that the understanding of magnetism and vibration (Uranus semi-square to Neptune) will play an important role in society in the future. This can be via such modalities as sound healing, to enable us to achieve our ‘bliss’ (Neptune), or new technological devices (Uranus) will help us with this too.

The internet was born at the Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the mid-60s, and during the current Uranus-Pluto square has emphasised communication via social media. The wonderful thing about social media is the ability to connect with like-minded people globally and instantly. Remember that the Arab Spring uprisings in April 2011 (the beginning of this Uranus-Pluto square) were largely organised on Facebook and Twitter, as they undercut the control of the authoritarian channels. A revolution of fairness, justice, tolerance, respect for one another, and love for the Earth will continue to grow towards 2020. It is undeniable that there is a massive, revolutionary force for change in our world. We can be peaceful, but in numbers we can be powerful, connecting globally.

Part of this picture as I have mentioned recently is the dwarf planet Haumea, which is opposing Uranus and Eris until early 2018. As Haumea is strongly associated with a new consciousness, and healing and regenerating the Earth, this will encourage us to make some big shifts in our state of being. The intensity and challenge of the Uranus square Pluto, where more and more of us may be challenging the values of the powers that be, and wanting to live in a different way, will accelerate our own personal development. It is only when things are uncomfortable that we make greater efforts to change what is.

These are the strong prevailing aspects for December; now more detail for other planetary developments: Mercury will be moving retrograde from the 20th December through to the 8th January, moving back from 15 Capricorn to 28 Sagittarius. See where this falls in your own chart, as you can use this retrograde to ‘go back over’ that area of life and iron out more of the details. Mercury retrograde is excellent for that, it doesn’t have to be troublesome. From the 18th-20th, Mercury will join Pluto is this T-square discussed above, so we may want to speak out about something we feel strongly about, especially issues of freedom (Uranus in Aries) and fairness and justice (Jupiter in Libra).

Then on the 13th December at 4.05pm PST and on the 14th at 00.05am UK time, we have the Full Moon at 22 degrees 25 Gemini. The Jupiter-Haumea-Pluto-Uranus-Eris T-square is of course happening during this Full Moon, with Mercury also conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, increasing our mental focus and intensity. At a Full Moon the Sun and Moon are always opposing each other, so the Moon is in Gemini, and the Sun in Sagittarius. Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, is about higher consciousness, wisdom, expansion, understanding the interconnectedness of the universe, and Gemini is about making it practical, bringing it down to earth. It channels the idealism of Sagittarius. Saturn is conjunct the Sun at this Full Moon, bringing a greater sense of groundedness, realism and practicality into the picture. So the feeling may well be that many of us have a sense of soaring idealism about how the world could/should be, but how are we going to achieve that, practically? What can we do to bring that closer to fruition?

We are helped by a wonderful Grand Trine in Air at this Full Moon, between the Moon in Gemini, Jupiter in Libra, and Mars in Aquarius (22, 19 and 25 degrees respectively). This is idealistic, creative, innovative, and generous; it suggests that the people will be energetic (Mars in the sign of the collective, Aquarius) in expressing their views. There is a feeling of ‘there is a better way’, all reinforcing the aspects discussed above. Jupiter in this Grand Trine and also in its opposition to Uranus encourages us to have a bigger vision of who we can become, bigger horizons. A Full Moon is always a cycle of completion, closure, or culmination. It can be the results of what we have achieved, and it can shine a light on what was previously unknown, to modify our direction going forwards. So see where it falls in your chart, and watch to see what unfolds at this Full Moon to guide you to the next stage of life. 

Then we have the Capricorn Solstice on the 21st December at 2.44am PST and 10.44am UK time. This is when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn. Solstices are important portals, when the veil thins, and we can receive information from a higher source. They are also like tuning forks which ‘set the tone’ for the next three months. Mercury is conjunct Pluto in the T-square discussed so far, so there can be issues of power, and powerful words, that are spoken globally at this time. Mars is semi-square to Pluto at the Solstice, emphasising power dynamics, and willpower, and in terms of the astrocartography, the Jupiter-Uranus opposition falls across Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the Middle East, where we may see some developments around issues of power.

Then we have a New Moon at 7 degrees 59 Capricorn on 28th December, at 10.53pm PST and 6.53am UK time on the 29th. Remember that Uranus becomes stationary also on the 29th. See where this new beginning falls in your chart, and watch for what unfolds. At this New Moon, the Sun and Moon are widely conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, again suggesting issues of power, and how we can have a new beginning in the use of power in society. Capricorn is not only concerned with government and big corporations, but the structure of society too. It also rules big business, and powerful financial organisations. This Capricorn Moon becomes exactly conjunct Pluto on the 29th, and square to Uranus and Eris, thus highlighting the Uranus-Pluto square once again. 

Mars is conjunct Neptune at 9 Pisces on the 30th, which will enable us to feel compassion, and energise our spiritual goals at the end of the year; a great time to write your New Year’s resolutions!

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                                        Sadhguru

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Once you download a free birthchart from my website, you can start to use the tutorial videos straight away. There is a description that comes with the chart (which I did not write), and people have said this is very accurate. However, please remember that a computer-generated description with a list of characteristics is a very different experience to having a full consultation with a professional astrologer, who through synthesising this matrix of meaning, can give you profound insights into who you truly are.

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I am going to post the planetary positions each month. I will not include the Sun and Moon, as they move quickly, but will post the others so you can work out the transits to your natal chart:

Mercury – 28 Sagittarius – 15 Capricorn on 19th, then retrograde to 3 Capricorn

Venus – 23 Capricorn to 26 Aquarius

Mars – 16 Aquarius to 9 Pisces

Jupiter – 16- 21 Libra

Saturn – 17 – 21 Sagittarius

Uranus – 20 Aries, stationary direct on the 29th

Neptune – 9 Pisces

Pluto – 16 Capricorn

Chiron – 20 Pisces

Newsletter November 2016 – Super Close SuperMoon

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Here are some highlights for manifestations of planetary patterns in October: I post these as it is insightful and educational for us to see how astrology is constantly manifesting in the world in many different ways, weaving a tapestry with its constantly changing symbolism over time. Ultimately, I hope this will serve as a historical record.

October Review

October 1st: Just as Jupiter (long distance travel!) was conjunct, and Mars was exactly square to the Super Galactic Centre at 2 Libra, the Rosetta mission came to its end: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37520420. However, in a sense this is just its beginning, in that there will now be a decade of analysis to understand the origins of the universe. 

October 3rd: Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has been ordered by the Attorney General to stop fund raising in New York State: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37547094. I’m not at all interested in the politics of this, please note (!). I’m interested in the astrology, and we still have a continuing Saturn-Neptune square within 2 degrees orb. As I have said many times, this is linked to ‘What is true and what is not? What can we believe and what not?’ So it is linked to fraud. Neptune in Pisces is linked to charities, but also to anything which is not ‘as it seems’, or anything deceitful. Saturn in Sagittarius represents ‘legal regulations’. In the last newsletter, I mentioned that debt and taxes may come to the fore in the news more; here is a very large example of that, as Trump has apparently paid no federal taxes for the last 18 years. 

October 3rd: Russia suspends the plutonium weapons agreement with the US: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37539616. President Putin declared that due to the “unfriendly actions” of the US, Russian would be abandoning an agreement with the US on the limits to weapon-grade plutonium. This is as a result of deteriorating relations between Russia and the US. This is reflecting the strong symbolism of Mars (aggression) and Pluto at this time. The Mars-Pluto midpoint was exactly square to the Sun and Moon at the recent New Moon in Libra on the 1st, and the Sun today is still square to this Mars-Pluto midpoint, but we are also anticipating the Mars-Pluto (Pluto=plutonium) conjunction which will also be squared by Jupiter at the next Full Moon SuperMoon on the 15th. A fascinating reflection of the symbolism.

October 5th: The prevailing symbolism is as above, when today two Russian Blackjack bombers flew closely to Norway, the UK, France and Spain; these countries scrambled aircraft to defend their airspace: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37562499. Although technically the airspace of these countries was not entered, the Russian bombers were skirting very close to these, close to other civilian aircraft and within 100 km of the France coast at one point. These are considered ‘provocative actions’, and the incidence of these has increased over recent months. Remember that we have very strong Mars (=god of war in myth) and Pluto (=power, control) symbolism operating now.

October 5th: Hurricane Matthew has been devastating parts of the Caribbean, particularly Haiti, over the last 24 hours, where it achieved winds of 145mph. It brought massive rainfall and flooding: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37552612, and is now heading for Florida. This reflects the symbolism of the ‘extreme force’ of the Sun squaring the Mars-Pluto midpoint. We are also within influence of the SuperMoon in Aries on the 15-16th, which often produces extreme weather. At this Full Moon SuperMoon, the Sun and Moon are again squaring the Mars-Pluto conjunction.

October 9th: Russia has deployed nuclear-enabled missiles on the borders of Poland and Lithuania, alarming Nato: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37597075. This increased aggression reflects the same symbolism as above. Increased ‘assertion and power’ were expected to be seen on the world stage this week.

October 9th: A volcano in Japan, Mount Aso, erupts, blasting smoke and ash 7 miles into the air. This is a reflection of the intense, powerful eruptive symbolism we have now of strong Mars energy (see above), and the Full Moon SuperMoon we are building towards on the 15-16th is conjunct Uranus and Eris. These are associated with sudden, eruptive, disruptive events.

October 11th: The US Director of Intelligence has stated that state-backed Russian cyberattacks have been probing and scanning voter databases. It is believed that Russia may be attempting to disrupt or interfere with the voting for the US Presidency: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37605992.

October 12th: Mercury (words, communication) square to Mars (in myth, God of War) today, and the media are describing Boris Johnson’s (UK Foreign Minister) speech encouraging people to protest in front of the Russian embassy about Russia’s actions in Syria, as a ‘war of words’.

October 13th: Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, took the first step towards holding a second referendum on Scottish independence: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37656329/scottish-independence-how-close-is-another-vote. This reflects the upcoming Full Moon SuperMoon, which is tightly conjunct Uranus, the planet of breaking away. Transiting Uranus was on the Ascendent of the UK (Act of Union chart of 1801), which was then an urge to break away from the Union, at the first referendum in 2014.

October 13th: There is some very serious sabre-rattling along in the Baltic States along the border with Russia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-izx9bDxt8. This comes at a time when Mars is coming to conjunct Pluto, associated with ‘brutal force’, square to Uranus and Eris in Aries, unpredictable and sudden events in the sign of the warrior. In this age of Saturn square Neptune, what is true and what is not, I will leave this to your judgement, but there are several videos with similar content, including full speeches from President Putin too, that are far from conciliatory.

October 16th: We are certainly seeing a lot of ‘Mars’ aggression in the US election campaign. Donald Trump (who has Mars exactly on his Ascendant in his birthchart) has demanded that Hillary Clinton have a drug test before the final Presidential debate, as he is accusing her of drug taking: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37667924. This reflects the symbolism of Saturn in Sagittarius (truth) square to Neptune in Pisces; what is true and what is not, what is real and what is not, what can we believe and what not. Neptune in Pisces is associated with drugs.

October 16th: The Republican office in North Carolina was firebombed, and ‘Nazis Republicans get out of town or else’ was scrawled on the wall: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37673802. This was the weekend of the eruptive, explosive Full Moon SuperMoon with the Moon tightly conjunct Uranus and Eris in Aries, the sign of the warrior.

October 17th: All the bank accounts of Russia Today have been frozen by the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37677020. No explanation was given, but Russia Today has previously been sanctioned against biased reporting. This suggests another step in the cold war between Russia and the West, at a time when power issues in the world are highlighted with Mars conjunct Pluto, and square to Uranus and Eris in Aries.

October 17th: The prevailing symbolism of Mars conjunct Pluto is about ‘brute force’, and is commonly warlike. This sees the beginning of the powerful military offensive to recapture Mosul, the city occupied by the so-called Islamic State, and to drive them back: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37681269. In myth, as I often say, Mars is god of war, and the conjunction with Pluto intensifies the force.

October 18th: As Mars comes to exactly conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, there are accusations of sexual assault by Trump on several women, and by the end of the month 11 women have come forward: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37692210. Mars and Pluto are both concerned with sexuality, and Pluto not only can suggest underhand dealings (!), but the abuse of power, particularly as they are both in Capricorn, sign of power. Mars and Pluto were tightly conjunct today, and that conjunction continued through to the end of the month.

October 19th: We have the Mars-Pluto conjunction this week, exact today. Mars=anger, and Pluto intensifies anything it touches – so intense anger. This was clearly demonstrated by the French police last night in Paris and various other French cities, as they are angry about working conditions and increasing threats from militants: https://www.thelocal.fr/…/spontaneous-french-police-protest…. Mars is also square to Uranus, ‘angry protests against the powers that be’ (Pluto).

October 19th: It’s very interesting today that with the Mars-Pluto conjunction exact, and therefore Mars in focus, the Lander spacecraft is touching down on Mars to test for life past and present: http://live.reuters.com/Event/Outer_Space. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, the T-square between Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto is linked to scientific discovery, and perhaps life beyond Earth.

October 19th: Mars/Saturn and Saturn/Pluto midpoints both at the Aries Point. This reflects great intensity at this 3rd and final US Presidential debate.

October 20th: A Russian aircraft carrier heading passed through the English channel today, heading for the Mediterranean. This is certainly a show of ‘assertive power’ as Mars was conjunct Pluto, exact on the 19th: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37719847.

October 26th: There has been a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in Italy, followed by a stronger 6.0 magnitude one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37782320. This reflects the sudden, eruptive, disruptive energy of Mars square to Uranus, exact on the 28th, but already very close. These are the combination of planets most associated with earthquakes.

October 26th: There has been civil unrest in Germany by extremist right wing groups concerned about the migrant situation and terrorism. Protests erupted on the streets, as seen here: http://www.neonnettle.com/news/1574-germany-joins-france-as-citizens-flood-the-streets-in-massive-uprising. This is a clear reflection of Mars (and the Mars/Pluto midpoint) square to Uranus, sudden, eruptive, violent, disruptive behaviour, protesting to the powers that be to change the situation.

October 27th: France has just banned all plastic cups and cutlery. It uses 4.73 billion of them every year, but by 2020 all disposable crockery and cutlery has to be biodegradable. This reflects the North Node in Virgo, cleaning up the Earth. Saturn is associated with taking responsibility for something, and Neptune in Pisces is linked to plastics and pollution.

October 28th: Mars is exactly square to Uranus on the 28th, so we expected shocks and surprises. This evening it has been announced that the FBI are investigating some new e-mails from Hillary Clinton. Things may become clearer over the next few days, but this could impact the trajectory of the American election: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37805938. Saturn is still square to Neptune in Pisces, what can we believe and what not?

October 28th: The right-side engine of a Boeing America Airlines plane caught fire at Chicago airport today: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/28/us/ohare-aircraft-incident/index.html. Mars (fire) was square to Uranus (the planet most associated with aviation) exactly, symbolising sudden, shocking, eruptive events.

October 29th: All month peaceful protestors have been clashing with increasingly aggressive law enforcement officers at the Dakota pipeline in the US, trying to stop their protests: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/22/us/dakota-access-pipeline-arrests/index.html. This is a clear example of the Uranus-Pluto square, which has also been activated by Mars since the 19th. Uranus represents people rising up against powerful, controlling, autocratic institutions and governments (Pluto), demanding greater equality, and to be heard.

October 29th: Another, larger earthquake in central Italy, this time 6.6 magnitude. The symbolism is the same as above, as the Mars was exactly square to Uranus on the 28th.

November 2016

The strong revolutionary energies of Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Eris continue. In early November, Mars is still conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, and tightly square to Uranus and Eris in Aries (Mars 23 Capricorn, Uranus and Eris at 22 Aries). Even by mid-November, the midpoint of Mars and Pluto is square to Uranus and Eris, so the feeling of assertion, sudden, possibly shocking events is likely to continue. This is also connected to power dynamics, flexing of muscles amongst world leaders and public figures; we are of course seeing much of this in the US Presidential election. Very positively, these aspects are associated with shifts in consciousness and personal awakening, that many of you are experiencing right now.

Jupiter is in a T-square with Uranus and Pluto, highlighting this square again, which has been running effectively since April 2011. We have seen the effect of people rising up and challenging, sometimes overthrowing, their controlling governments. This aspect began with the Arab Spring in April 2011, when several governments in the Middle East fell, some in a matter of days. So historically the symbolism has always been expressed as discontented and disenfranchised people rising up against what they see as control, autocracy, and inequality in society; it’s the demand for greater freedom, independence and equality (Uranus) versus controlling ‘top-down’ governments, corporations, and even powerful individuals (Pluto). One clear example of this at the moment are the protests against the Dakota pipeline in the US, which are being brutally surpressed. There are often revelations with this too, Uranus shining the light of truth on corruption and underhand dealings of these organisations. So the energy is often felt to be revolutionary, as the demand to be heard and having your rights recognised becomes stronger. I have an entire chapter about Uranus-Pluto aspects in my book, ‘You Don’t Really Believe in Astrology, Do You?’

Jupiter in a T-square will magnify, expand this already powerful energy. This square tightens in the second half of the month, and continues until next April 2017. These planets in aspect can also suggest new scientific breakthroughs and discoveries, such as more evidence of life beyond our galaxy. 

In an mundane ‘world’ sense, Pluto has associations of deficits, debt and taxes, and the square to Jupiter may well enlarge those issues on the world stage. However, the square between Jupiter and Pluto personally can bring some big benefits. Jupiter will be travelling from 11-16 Libra, with Pluto at 15 Capricorn; the square is most exact between the 21-25th of the month. In astrology any manifestation is more likely close to ‘exactitude’, that is when the aspects become exact, although it is possible for them to manifest at any time when they are within several degrees of the aspect (orbs vary according to the nature of the geometry). Personally, where transiting Jupiter is in your chart is likely to be an area of potential expansion for you over the next year, and where Pluto is can be an area of slow-building empowerment. The combination as we have here can bring success, opportunities, growth, abundance, recognition and leadership. Watch how this unfolds, paying attention to where in your birthchart these transiting planets are falling. 

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The ‘revolutionary’ energy of Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Eris is emphasised on the 5th November by the Moon coming to conjunct Pluto. This is an aspect of intensity, and the symbolism means ‘the will of the people’. I am well aware that this is very close to the US Presidential election, and the will of the people may not be moving all in one direction. On the 5th and 6th November, at the same time as the Moon-Pluto conjunction, transiting Mars comes to conjunct Pluto in the chart of the US (for astrologers, Sibly chart, 17.10 4 July 1776) in the second house. This can suggest a lot of focus and action around finances and the economy in general. Interestingly, Mars on the night of 8th November, election night, moves from Capricorn into Aquarius. Aquarius is a radical, idealistic sign; it is the sign of the collective, the people, and as it is ruled by Uranus it always tends to challenge authority and the status quo. Mars moving into this sign on that night suggests that people will be activated, and challenging something connected with the election. 

At the same time we have the continuing Saturn in Sagittarius square to Neptune in Pisces. This has been running since last November, and has characterised not only the US Presidential campaign but also the UK Brexit discussions, of ‘what is true and what is not? What should I trust, and believe, and what not?’ It is a smoke and mirrors aspect. This is still in operation in November, particularly the first half. So that suggests some confusion or debate around the election in terms of what can be trusted. People may continue to feel very strongly about the election as transiting Mars is coming to conjunct the Moon in the chart for the US (17.10 4 July 1776, Philadelphia). The Moon represents the people in a country’s chart, and Mars suggests that they will be stirred up for some time, as this aspect doesn’t become exact until mid-December. The Moon in the US chart rules the 8th house, which may suggest scandals. Scandals may come to the fore also at the turn of the year, so I think there is more to run concerning issues that may be coming up now, at the US election. 

Neptune actually becomes stronger in November in general, in that it is barely moving. It becomes stationary direct on the 20th at 9 Pisces, and whenever this happens, a planet’s symbolism is emphasised. The negative expression of Neptune in Pisces is confusion, and deceit and disappointment, disillusionment. Positively we can use this in our lives to focus on our dreams. That is, we can ask our dreams questions as we fall asleep. I do this almost every night, and am often surprised at the information I receive. It also means dreams in terms of our visions and ideals, what we are yearning and reaching for. It is the most spiritual planet, associated with consciousness, healing, and miracles. Around the 20th November will be a wonderful time to meditate and find stillness; it is a time to feel at one with the divine.

From the 15-22nd November, Neptune is square to Mercury in Sagittarius, becoming exact on the 18th. Positively, this can be wonderful for our imagination, inspiration and creative thinking. Less positively, it can add to the confusion and muddled thinking that I refer to in the paragraph above. Neptune is exactly conjunct the South Node on the 17th, which may suggest some disappointment or disillusionment, but will give us the impetus to dream a better future. So from the 15th to the 22nd, but with more emphasis around the 18-20th, we could see things not being as clear as we would wish; again, this may manifest around the election results.

Then on the 14th November, we have a Full Moon SuperMoon at 22 Taurus 37. This is exact at 5.52am PST, and 1.52pm UK time. This is the 3rd SuperMoon in a row of four, but is by far the most powerful in terms of its proximity to the Earth. We won’t have one this close again until 2034! The closer the Moon is to the Earth, not only does it exert a stronger gravitational pull on the tides and the Earth’s tectonic plates, so we may see some extreme weather at this time, but also has a stronger effect on our psyches. Sensitive people feel these strongly; many people find it hard to sleep for the few days running up to the Full Moon (myself included!), but also it is often a time of downloads of information coming through for you.

Any Full Moon is a cycle of culmination, closure, or fruition; often the results of our actions. Sometimes it brings in rewards for what we have earned. So see where it falls in your chart, so you can watch what unfolds for you. Full Moons can sometimes reveal something that you were unaware of, and that can modify your direction going forwards. It may shine a light on things that have been kept secret. This Full Moon SuperMoon is in Taurus, and that is the sign connected to our values. On one level, this is connected to the banking and financial system, it is value in that sense. However Taurus is ruled by Venus, and therefore is also about love, beauty, nature, the simple pleasures of life, and the natural rhythms of the Earth. So being in nature with your feet on the Earth (grounding, earthing, see groundology.com for the benefits of this – even if it’s a bit chilly!) is enormously beneficial; it is a sense of being part of the Earth’s organic whole that is important here. So part of the question this Full Moon is asking, is what do we value? Do we value materialism, how much money we have in our bank accounts, or the abundance of the Earth, with all that nature has to offer? I believe this is one of the big themes that is growing right now, and will continue to polarise society as we move towards 2020, when many things may change.

Linked to this, I would like to mention a dwarf planet called Haumea that I have not mentioned before. It was discovered in 2003, and has a long 283 year orbit. In myth it is associated with the Hawaiin goddess of fertility and childbirth, but it also has connection with understanding the link between the physical and non- physical, that matter is simply vibrating energy. In that sense it has links to quantum physics. However, it also has a connection with ‘wild food’ and the understanding of how we can always have sufficient to eat if we can access wild, unadulterated food. This is a huge issue in the world right now around the use of pesticides in agriculture, and therefore so interesting that Haumea was discovered as these issues were starting to come to the fore. There is always synchronicity in the discovery of planets and their symbolism, with events unfolding in the world at the same time. For instance, Neptune was discovered in 1846, the year that the Spiritualist movement was set up in New York State, and spread across the world, as Neptune is connected to altered states. It also saw the beginning of photography at that time, another association of Neptune. 

Haumea particularly seems to have links to the birth of a new consciousness on Earth. There is more and more evidence of this. Over the next few months up to April 2017, with Jupiter in a T-square to Uranus (awakening) and Pluto (transformation), there is likely to be an acceleration in the new consciousness movement, which again is likely to build as we move towards 2020. More and more people will be challenging the status quo in terms of this is the way life is; more alternative solutions and lifestyles will start to appear, in many ways.

On the 23rd November, Mercury conjuncts Saturn at 17 Sagittarius, which can contribute to clear, disciplined, focused thinking. This will help us after all the Neptune aspects earlier in the month. Then on the 24th and 25th not only do we have Jupiter coming to square Pluto exactly, but also Venus comes to conjunct Pluto and square Jupiter, Uranus and Eris in Aries, forming a T-square. This highlights money; Venus represents money, Jupiter expands whatever is happening then, and Pluto can represent power and riches, but conversely it can also be linked, as mentioned earlier, to deficits, debt, and taxes. Capricorn as a sign is also linked to the banking system and large financial institutions. Uranus and Eris, as always, can bring about sudden unexpected and radical changes. Saturn is at the identical position it was in October 1987, at 17 Sagittarius, when there was a significant fall in the stock market. Certainly it is likely that financial issues will come to the fore then, and discussion about currencies (Venus), with sudden changes (Uranus) being part of that picture. It will be important to see value in other ways at this time.

Another likely manifestation of this T-square is in relationships (Jupiter at 15 Libra). Your feelings may be intense at this time (Venus conjunct Pluto, exact on the 25th at 15 Capricorn), and there could be emotions of jealousy or possessiveness, either from you or your partner. There could be a freedom/closeness dilemma here, with part of you wanting to stay in the relationship for security (Capricorn, financial security and also the status quo), while another side of you wants freedom and independence (Uranus and Eris at 22 Aries, also Jupiter). So there could be a feeling of expansion and contraction. Only you can choose which way you will go, but it may be best to wait until the aspect passes in December, so that you don’t do anything sudden that you may regret later. Jupiter in Libra encourages you to find the balance in relationships.

Then on the 29th November at 4.18am PST and 12.18pm UK time, we have a New Moon at 7 degrees 42 Sagittarius. The Sun and Moon are square to the degree of the Solar Eclipse (9 Virgo) on the 1st September this year, so you may be revisiting how far you have come in your plans since then. The Sun and Moon are also tightly square to Neptune at 9 Pisces, and the Nodal Axis. A New Moon is always a new beginning, so see where it falls in your chart, and set an intention to plant a seed in your life that may grow into something significant in months to come. Sagittarius is about your future vision and big horizons, as it is ruled by Jupiter. You can always see bigger and better possibilities if you have an emphasis in Sagittarius. So use this New Moon energy to start to create a different future vision of yourself, particularly in the area it falls in your chart.

Sagittarius is about truth, and being authentic. However, it can become a bit distorted, and become your version of the truth, rather than objective truth. This can become your belief system, or religion, and Sagittarius tends to be the sign expressing strong opinions, which at times can tip into judgement and intolerance. This can be intolerance of other religions or belief systems, so be aware of this in yourself and others and try to be more egalitarian and accepting in your views. What makes this a contradictory picture is that the Sun and Moon here are tightly squared by Neptune in Pisces and the Nodal Axis. This can be a time when you have an inspired, higher vision of yourself developing in the future, and can act as something very powerful for you to work towards. The square to the Nodal Axis may make you think very consciously of your future direction, and the destiny of our collective. 

Other possible manifestations are that Neptune, as we noted above, is deception, disillusionment, things not being ‘as they seem’, or secrets; there may be scandals. So this could be a very strange time when there is a drive for the truth, but the truth seems hard to pinpoint. Saturn is still square to Neptune too, emphasising this year-long theme of what is true and what is not, what can I believe and what not? Things that may be revealed now may surprise you, and even change your beliefs (Sagittarius) about things. It could be a time of smoke and mirrors, where the more you search for truth the more elusive it becomes. Always trust your intuition and highest self at this time, you need to be the guide for you.

Then towards the end of the month Jupiter comes into a tighter opposition to Uranus, which becomes exact in December. This is a wonderful aspect of potential scientific breakthroughs, the ‘eureka’ moment. It can expand your own consciousness if it triggers anything in your own chart (Jupiter at 16 Libra, Uranus at 20 Aries). It can help you see bigger possibilities that you had never considered, and you may even feel that you want to throw off responsibilities and be young and free again. You want a feeling of liberation, and this can even prompt some travel. Or, you may feel that you want to strike out against the current value system, and lead a different, freer kind of life away from any controls, that would allow your greater creative self-expression. The other potential manifestation of this aspect is that we could get greater evidence of life beyond this galaxy, especially as Saturn is in Sagittarius, linked with space travel. Jupiter and Uranus continue in opposition until April 2017.

We live in exciting times, when increasingly we are becoming aware of our power to manifest our own reality.

“Whatever is your highest, you just contemplate upon that. Your inner and outer purity will happen naturally.”

                                            Sadhguru

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I am going to post the planetary positions each month. I will not include the Sun and Moon, as they move quickly, but will post the others so you can work out the transits to your natal chart:

Mercury – 12 Scorpio – 26 Sagittarius

Venus – 17 Sagittarius -21 Capricorn

Mars – 24 Capricorn – 15 Aquarius

Jupiter – 11 – 16 Libra

Saturn – 14 – 17 Sagittarius

Uranus (retrograde) 21 – 20 Aries

Neptune – 9 Pisces, stationary on the 20th

Pluto – 15 Capricorn

 Copyright by Pam Gregory

October 2016 Setting up themes for 2020

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Here are some highlights for manifestations of planetary patterns in September: I post these as it is insightful and educational for us to see how astrology is constantly manifesting in the world in many different ways, weaving a tapestry with its constantly changing symbolism over time. Ultimately, I hope this will serve as a historical record.

September Review

September 1st: On the exact day of the Solar Eclipse, there was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake just north of New Zealand. Eclipses are associated with the release of pent-up energy in the Earth’s plates which can cause earthquakes, linked to the jarring effect of the energy and light from the sun being temporarily interrupted.

September 7th: The Syrian government has been accused of dropping barrel bombs with chlorine gas on the rebels in Aleppo, also affecting many civilians: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37291182. This is a reflection of Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries representing sudden, violent, eruptive, disruptive and shocking events, and also the Saturn-Neptune in Pisces square. Neptune in Pisces represents toxic chemicals and gases, and Saturn here is the pain and difficulty they cause in this horrific situation. Also on September 7th, a man on the terror watch list in France was arrested in Paris near the Notre Dame Cathedral, with several canisters of chemical gas found in his car: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37296973. The symbolism here is the same as above.

September 8th: The bacterial cause of the Great Plague of London is discovered: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37287715. We are between two powerful Eclipses which can shine a light on hidden things. Neptune in Pisces echoes this theme, particularly things that are very tiny (i.e. bacteria), represented by the last day of Jupiter in Virgo. Virgo is  linked to the gut and microbial infections. Pluto retrograde is associated with digging up the deep past, whether physical or psychological.

September 9th: North Korea launches its fifth nuclear missile test, causing an explosion equivalent to a 5.3 magnitude earthquake in the area. It claims that it can attach a nuclear warhead to the missile, making this a very dangerous situation. We are building to a very powerful Lunar Eclipse on the 16th (we can feel the effects of any Eclipse up to 2 weeks before and up to 6 months after), together with Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries (sudden violent disruptive and chaotic events, in the sign of the warrior) and on this day Mars in Sagittarius (weapons, firearms) was tightly square to the Sun, and conjunct the Moon, suggesting aggression: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/08/asia/north-korea-seismic-activity/. We are well within the influence of the Lunar Eclipse now, where the Sun and Moon are both being tightly squared by Mars, and Mars is also exactly aspecting Uranus and Eris in Aries. Therefore Mars and Aries are very highlighted at this time. Just observe, as we may not have seen the last of any aggression from this area with Mars so strong at the moment. Interestingly, the Solar Eclipse at 9 Virgo on the 1st September was exactly on the Midheaven of North Korea’s chart (chart set for 19th September 1948, 12.00 noon Pyongyang); that was a new beginning of more prominence for the country, as the Midheaven for a country represents its status. This may have given the leadership the impetus to ‘stand tall’ in the world.

September 9th: Three previous Directors of Tesco in the UK have been charged with fraud of £263 million, by illegally adjusting accounts. Fraud is represented by the Saturn-Neptune square; Saturn is corporations, and Neptune in Pisces is things not being what they seem, or deceit, hence corporate fraud.

September 10th: Just as Jupiter moves into Libra, the sign of peace, the US and Russia agree a cessation of hostilities in Syria, and agree to co-ordinate bombing against Islamic State: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37324872.

September 10th: As the Saturn-Neptune square became exact, there was a leak of 90,000 gallons of oil just 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana. It was caused by a fault in the pipeline (Saturn) which produced a leak (Neptune in Pisces) of oil (Neptune in Pisces) into the ocean (Neptune in Pisces).

September 12th: Hillary Clinton collapsed as she left the 9/11 memorial in New York, increasing concern about her health. She has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Both transiting Chiron and the Lunar Eclipse are tightly on her natal Moon, within one degree, so I was anticipating that the rumours around her health may become more obvious now: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/12/politics/hillary-clinton-health-transparency/index.html. This illness may have, at least temporarily, weakened her campaign (Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on her Pisces Moon, in its less positive aspect=weakeness, dehibilitaton). Clinton trying to cover up this illness is just one more example in a long list of issues around honesty and trust with both Presidential candidates. They have some of the lowest ratings on these issues of any candidates in history. Donald Trump has not yet released his tax returns, and is constantly accused of outrageous lies, and Trump refers to Hillary as ‘crooked Hillary’, due to the scandal around her e-mails. All of this, as anticipated, is a manifestation of the Saturn-Neptune square; what is true and what is not, who can we trust, and who not? This may continue for a while longer, even into the election.

September 13th: So close to the Lunar Eclipse, with Mars strong and squaring the Sun and Moon, 3 Syrians were arrested in Germany who are believed to be part of an IS sleeper cell connected to the Paris bombings. The arrests may have averted an attack in western Europe around the time of the Eclipse on the 16th: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37349040. Pluto and Uranus were angular at the Eclipse across the UK and some of western Europe, so the potential for disruption was there.

September 15th: Russian hackers calling themselves ‘Fancy Bears’ have hacked into the medical records of some prominent athletes, such as Serena and Venus   Williams, and Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Frome from the cycling world, and accused them of taking illegal medications. The athletes in question have proof that they were legitimately taking them for medical conditions. This may be Russia trying to take revenge for many of its athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics due to ‘state sponsored drug taking’. This all reflects the symbolism of Saturn (authorities, punishment, regulations) in Sagittarius (sports, athletics) square to Neptune in Pisces (drugs, deceit).

September 17th: The states of Alabama and Georgia have declared a state of emergency as a gasoline pipeline (see posting above for the 10th) has leaked 250,000 gallons of gasoline. The driller, Colonial Pipeline, has warned that there could be gasoline (Neptune in Pisces) shortages (square to Saturn) on the East Coast of America.

September 17th: A man was arrested at Heathrow Airport, London, under the Terrorism Act: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37401528. At the Lunar Eclipse just a few hours before this, Mars was squaring the Sun and Moon (aggression, violence), with Uranus and Pluto both conjunct the Ascendant and Midheaven of the chart of the Eclipse for London, so the potential for violence was there. Luckily it seems to have been intercepted.

September 17th: Just a few hours after the exact Lunar Eclipse (but it has influence for up to 6 months), there was a bomb attack in New York, and another device found close by. Twenty nine people were injured: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37402130, but luckily there were no fatalities. We anticipated some aggression or violence around this Eclipse with Mars in Sagittarius (firearms, weapons) square the Sun and Moon. As well as the Eclipse aspects, Mars continues to be tightly square the Sun until the 26th September, and is strengthened by travelling quickly. On the same day, there were stabbings at a shopping mall in Missouri, and 9 people were injured: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37409441. After this there was another explosion at a train station in New Jersey. IS have claimed that their ‘soldiers’ (Mars) were responsible for these. Mars in Sagittarius may suggest religious and foreign connections. Now a suspect who was born in Afghanistan has been arrested.

September 19th: Still under the influence of the Lunar Eclipse with Mars square to the Sun and Moon, and Mars still square the Sun on this day, together with the Moon at 23 Aries (Mars rules Aries=war, weapons, bombs, attacks) conjunct Uranus and Eris (sudden shocks, violence, disruption, attacks), tragically there was an air attack on a UN convoy of trucks, carrying medical and food supplies for 78,000 people in the besieged city of Aleppo. Twenty aid UN aid workers were also killed. This attack marked the end of the fragile ceasefire in Syria. More aggressive bombing (reflecting the above symbolism) since that time has been seen, in an horrific situation. By the 23rd September, over 2 million residents of Aleppo were without running water. One pumping station was bombed, another was turned off as an act of war. This is reflected in the symbolism of Saturn (limitation, shortage) square to Neptune in Pisces (water).

September 21st: Another black man was shot by a white police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two nights of rioting followed: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/22/us/charlotte-protests/index.html. Symbolism as above.

September 24th: Following on from the shootings in Charlotte, North Carolina, and reflecting the same symbolism, a gunman shot 5 people in a mall in Washington, north of Seattle, US. There is now a manhunt to find him. Clearly this is another expression of Mars in Sagittarius energy (attacks using firearms), and other Mars symbolism as above.

September 24th: The drinking water of people living in more than 50 states in the US have been found to contain a toxic carcinogen: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-and-health/chromium-6-in-drinking-water/. This reflects Saturn square to Neptune in Pisces, problems with drinking water. Neptune in water also is linked to chemicals and toxicity.

September 25th: Mars energy (symbolism described above) is still very strong, and now it is tightly aspecting the world axis (0 Aries), and still just in Sagittarius, a fire sign. This describes aggression, war, bombs, attacks and intimidation. Since the collapse of the Syrian ceasefire, there have been dramatic increases in bombing in civilians in Aleppo. This is a terrible and tragic situation. There has been an unprecedented level of anger (Mars) expressed at the United Nations, with the UK, US and French representatives walking out of the meeting. They have accused Syria and Russia of war crimes and ‘lying’ (Saturn square Neptune), if they are proven to be behind the bombings, described as ‘barbaric’. Mars in myth is God of War. All this as Pluto becomes stationary direct (exact on the 26th). This can raise issues of power, and powerlessness http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37467897.

September 26th: Japan scrambled its jets to challenge 40 Chinese fighter jets which flew close to Japanese airspace in a ‘show of force’ (Mars again!)

September 26th: The floating seabin: ’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37469983’ has been developed, which sucks up rubbish, fuel, detergents and pollution from the oceans. A wonderful example of Saturn square to Neptune in Pisces, cleaning up the oceans, and the North Node in Virgo, cleaning up the planet.

September 26th: A former IMF boss and 64 other bankers are going on trial today in Spain on fraud charges: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37470509. This is linked to Saturn square Neptune: what is real and what is not, what can we trust, and what not?

October 2016

Over the next few months we may see a return to the tensions which we saw under the Uranus-Pluto square, which we felt, effectively, from April 2011 with the beginning of the Arab Spring, through to just a few months ago when this square started to separate. However in October and over the next few months until next April 2017, transiting Jupiter will ‘pull’ this separating square back into the picture. Remember also that these aspects are about personal breakthroughs to a higher way of being, often via the perception of a higher truth from the superconscious (Uranus).

From October 12th, Jupiter in Libra begins to square Pluto at 14 degrees Capricorn. In November, which we will discuss in the next newsletter, Jupiter opposes Uranus. So Jupiter starts to act as a connector between these two massive archetypes again. Let us just remember what the Uranus-Pluto square is about. Pluto is the symbol of power, and ‘top down’ controlling organisations such as government, big corporations, big banking, and ‘Big Pharma’. There is always a sense of authoritarianism about it, and Pluto is often linked to secrecy and cover-ups in the corporate world. I have quoted many examples of this over the last few years in these newsletters. Uranus is the maverick, the challenge to the status quo, the revolutionary. The symbolism is about demands for more freedom, independence, and equality. It is about concern for the collective, rather than obeying the rules. It wants to break the rules, break down the old ways of being, in order to create something more egalitarian and idealistic. So we have had many examples of fossilised governments being overthrown in the Middle East during the Arab Spring, many mass protests against government policy, the ‘Occupy’ movement, and a strong urge for the people to take back their power. Remember we had this aspect strongly during the 1960s with the civil rights movement, the gay rights movement, Black Power, and Women’s Liberation. Ultimately the protests were about equality, that is always the urge of Uranian symbolism. I wrote about this extensively in my book, ‘You Don’t Really Believe in Astrology, Do You?’, with an entire chapter being dedicated to looking at this aspect historically. As I write this on 14th of September, the BBC News is talking about the widespread lack of trust (Saturn square Neptune) people in Europe have for the EU institutions, seeing them as a self-serving elite. This attitude perfectly reflects the astrology described above, and these feelings are likely to get stronger over the next few years.

These themes are likely to be resurrected, beginning in October. In fact, the aspect to Jupiter will tend to exaggerate them, as Jupiter is the planet of expansion. For the first half of October Jupiter also squares Mars in Capricorn, so things could become even more heated, with Mars aspecting the Aries Point closely (where we could gain see aggression on the world stage), and Jupiter potentially expands the aggressive energy of Mars. Mars-Jupiter aspects are also about ‘fighting for causes’, or fighting for or against laws that are linked to equality, not only because of the Uranus-Pluto aspect, but because Jupiter is in Libra. This may be about laws that serve everyone equally.

The combination of Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto in aspect is highly related to scientific breakthroughs, and in particular seeing our reality in a bigger way. Whether it was Copernicus discovering his heliocentric theories, or putting a man on the Moon in July 1969 (see the exact chart for this in my book), Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto aspects jump our understanding of the size of our world. This, together with the fact that Saturn is in Sagittarius, the sign related to space travel, I anticipate that between now and next April there could be some interesting developments in discovering life beyond Earth, and even some evidence of extra-terrestrials. Watch this space.

October starts to set up some of the important themes as we move towards 2020, a big year when we have several planets all assembling in Capricorn, the sign of big government, business, banking, and corporations in general, often representing the powerful elite. There seems to be an increasing trend towards ‘control’ (Pluto) by governments, with genetically modified crops, mandatory vaccinations in some countries, the power of Big Pharma, and the suppression of alternative health solutions. The imposition of smart technology in people’s homes (an excellent example of the Uranus-Pluto square, as Pluto=control, power, and Uranus=technology, electrics), whether they want it or not, is another manifestation. Therefore from this month onwards I feel there will be increasing discontent and protest about many of these oppressive policies, and a desire to break them down to achieve a different status quo and more individual freedom. However, this will build into 2020 when the real breakdown in some of these systems will occur; this is the build-up, but will feel tense.

This message is emphasised at the New Moon at 8 degrees 15 Libra on the 1st October at 1.11am UK time (5.11pm PST on 30th September). The New Moon is always a new beginning, so see where 8 Libra falls in your chart. The Sun and Moon here are conjunct Jupiter, which adds a wonderful expansive, growth oriented feeling to this new beginning, but the Sun, Moon and Jupiter are all squared by Pluto in Capricorn: the patriarchy. Jupiter will potentially expand the power and control by government and corporations. Just as the aspect with Uranus demands more equality and freedom, the Sun, Moon and Jupiter in Libra demand fairness, justice, balance, a society is which is based on trust, respect, and social organisation where there is mutual benefit, and laws that serve all, not just a few. Jupiter expands whatever it aspects, so it is not only expanding the Libran side, but also the square to Pluto; the challenge of power structures and wealth, versus the balance for the individual in society. So the astrological patterns in early October are pulling in two different directions, hence the tension.


Jupiter conjunct the Sun and Moon in Libra (and Jupiter is in Libra until October 2017, benefitting anyone with a natal emphasis in Libra) will emphasise relationships of all kinds. Not only romantic relationships, but all relationships, and may well encourage co-operation and collaboration of all kinds, for mutual benefit. This will set up strong themes of justice, and social justice. In December 2020 both Jupiter and Saturn, their joint cycle indicative of social organisation, move into Aquarius, and I believe that some of the corporate breakdowns we may witness in 2020 will be followed by a more collective, ‘horizontal’ structure in society rather than a vertical one. Astrologically this is what we are working towards, starting now. I suspect we will have a very different world by then.

Mars is strong in the first two days of October, as it is closely aspecting the Aries Point, throwing Mars, the warrior, onto the public stage in some way. It is in Capricorn for the whole of October, and on a personal level this is a wonderful aspect for getting projects organised and completed.

At this New Moon new beginning on the 1st October, not only see where this falls in your chart, and therefore in which area of life it is likely to manifest, but watch for meetings, conversations, ideas, thoughts, opportunities, that may come up and start a new ‘seed’ in this area of life. Tracking the lunations and aspects like this in your chart each month helps you to live at a deeper level, and start to see how you are living a life of purpose and meaning. What new idea, project, are you seeding at this New Moon?

At a simple level, Libra is ruled by Venus and is therefore about beauty. This is emphasised in early October, as Neptune, the higher octave of Venus, is in positive aspect to it. This can encourage us to be creative, to paint, write poetry, dance, or just be romantic and sensitive. Neptune also aspects (quincunx) the Sun and Moon at the New Moon, bringing in a spiritual aspect of ‘unconditional love’ to the relationship mix, and perhaps living from the heart in all relationships, romantic or not. It also injects a large amount of idealism into our relationship and social needs, so we start to see relationships from a higher level of being, based on spiritual principles. There is a sense of community based on shared spiritual principles coming into the picture here, and I believe that theme will get stronger in the years to come. With all these aspects, there is an echo of the 1960s ‘peace, love and community’, but being lived at a higher level, as we vortex upwards in our evolutionary development.

Transiting Saturn is also tightly square to the Nodal Axis, encouraging us to make a clear, conscious decision to leave the past behind and move forwards, particularly from any disillusionment or disappointment we may have felt recently (Neptune conjunct the South Node in Pisces at 10-12 degrees – see where that falls in your chart). Libra is also about choices, and more and more of us are becoming disenchanted with the current paradigm, and realising that we must make different choices, those involving collaboration, to move towards a different paradigm.

Mars starts to come into a conjunction with Pluto (at 15 Capricorn) on the 9th October, and this aspect becomes exact on the 19th. This gives tremendous focus and organisational ability (Capricorn) in whatever area it falls in your chart. It can give power and authority too; so in seeing where it falls, you can anticipate what is likely to develop for you. Is it in the 2nd house of money, and you may see more money coming in than usual around this time (or the urge to make more money). Is it in the 10th house, where your authority is recognised in some way, probably for completing a project, as the 19th falls close to the Full Moon in Aries on the 16th. Where it falls in your chart makes a big difference to the meaning for you in your life, and that is why I am trying to empower people by encouraging them to download a free birthchart from my website www.thenextstep.uk.com, then get the tutorial videos from the ‘Products’ page of my website, or by clicking on this link: https://gumroad.com/l/FHjOZ. Within minutes you can be starting to understand what this means for you, and you can use these tutorials for ever for any update I ever do. People are loving this understanding, and I am getting excellent feedback on the videos.

Then we have the Full Moon at 23 Aries 14 on 15th October at 9.23pm PST, and on the 16th at 5.23am UK time, with Aries being ruled by Mars. Mars in myth is the God of War, and represents the warrior. Therefore we could see action of an assertive kind around this Full Moon. This is also suggested by the Full Moon being tightly conjunct Uranus and Eris at 23 Aries; these are the planets of sudden awakening, disruptions, and shaking up the old order in some way, and/or representing personal breakthroughs. Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries continues to represent the potential for sudden, violent, eruptive, disruptive and shocking events. So Mars here is intensified by Pluto, the planet of power which intensifies any other planet it aspects (conjunction here), and Mars energy is also being expanded by the square to Jupiter. Therefore we could see action of an assertive kind around this Full Moon. This is also a SuperMoon, meaning that the Moon is very close to the Earth in its orbit, and therefore we are likely to feel it intensely. Full Moons can bring a great deal of feeling to the surface for us, we can feel ‘full of emotion’.

At a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are always opposite each other; so here the Sun is in Libra, and the Moon in Aries. This can be the clash between war and peace; many of us as Jupiter has moved into Libra yearn for a more peaceful world. However, Libra as a sign also represents ‘open enemies’, that is, it is clear who the enemy may be in a conflict situation.

Full Moons are always cycles of completion, closure, fruition, or culmination, and they can be the result of our hard work, so see where 23 Aries falls in your chart. They can also reveal something that we were unaware of, which can slightly change our course of action as a result. Which area of life is it falling in for you?

There is a polarity represented here that I believe will build as we move towards 2020. The reason I am mentioning 2020 is that it is our next ‘big’ year astrologically, as Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto will all be lining up in that sign, and all passing 23 Capricorn which this Full Moon is activating by square aspect. That’s why I feel the themes are being set up for 2020 right now. In fact, Pluto will spend much of 2020 around this degree. So Capricorn, as I have mentioned above, is to do with institutional structures and control, the status quo, ‘we have always done it this way’. Uranus and Eris in Aries, and Mars energy, are about independence, freedom, being pioneering, bringing in innovation, new technology, new levels of understanding, and new ways of doing things that allow for individualism to be expressed freely. We may well have some breakthroughs in scientific understanding, although this is likely to come in more strongly between November and April 2017 as Jupiter pulls the Uranus-Pluto square more tightly back into a T-square. It will be interesting therefore to see what develops at this Full Moon; watch for themes along these lines. Also, we have the polarity of Aries and Libra; the Moon, Uranus and Eris are in Aries, the sign of individual assertiveness and even aggression, with the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in Libra, the sign of peace, balance, fairness, equality, justice, trust, and respect for each other. 

Be aware of mental breakthroughs, new ideas, new ways to do old things, revelations from your superconscious, that come to you around the 19th when Mercury opposes Uranus at 23 Libra-Aries. On the 28th Mars squares Uranus at 22 Capricorn-Aries; that could be a day when you feel impulsive and impatient; it is linked to precipitous action, but also finding new methods of action that are much quicker to achieve your goals.

The Sabian symbol for 24 Aries is: “Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window take the shape of a cornucopia; openness to the influx of abundance, joy, beauty, and spiritual energies”. Sensitive people reported downloads of information during September, not only because of the Eclipses, and the Autumn Equinox, but also because Mars and Jupiter were conjunct the Super Galactic Centre. From the 28-31st October, Saturn moves onto the Great Attractor at 14 Sagittarius, that mysterious spinning vortex in space which offers us so much cosmic information, if we are able to access it. There is a strong feeling by many people of a shift to living in a less ‘dense’ way, and being more aware of energetic influences in a way that we have not been before. Increasingly we can feel that we are vibrating energy, and not solid matter. 

It is unusual to have three lunations in a month, but we then have a New Moon at 7 degrees 43 Scorpio on the 30th October at 10.38am PST, and 6.38pm, UK time. New Moons are always new beginnings, and this can feel quite an emotionally intense one, as Scorpio energy always is. This is also a sensitive-feeling New Moon, as Neptune at 9 Pisces trines (positive aspect) the Sun and Moon, and exactly trines Mercury. This can help us tune into our intuition, our creativity, our compassion, our fine perception, and a sense of unconditional love. It can help us connect to a sense of oneness, and spirituality; Scorpio and Pisces (which Neptune rules) are considered the two most spiritual signs. This New Moon has a mystical, ethereal, exquisite feel to it; it is about going deeply into ourselves to find our own sense of peace and inspiration. Spend time meditating, in nature, or simply in conscious breathing during this New Moon. The simple act of touching your sternum (bony part of your chest close to your heart) and turning your attention inwards and watching your breathing, can within minutes bring you calm, peace, and have a measurable reduction in your cortisol levels (stress hormone). Practice that regularly, and it will change how you operate through your days. Particularly when the world is witnessing turbulent events, we must find our own spiritual anchor within, and then we are better able to help the world.

Scorpio is the sign of deep spirituality, self-containment and transformation. It operates around a profound fixed point of ‘knowing’, which can give people with Scorpio emphasis in their charts a feeling of magnetism and presence. For them, it can feel like an inner strength that is always there, a quiet point of power. Use this New Moon to develop that, and of course also see where it falls in your chart, to anticipate where your new beginning will be coming. What are you seeding at this mystical New Moon?

The Sabian symbol for 8 Scorpio is: “A silvery Moon shining on a quiet, beautiful lake.” This reflects the peace and feeling of oneness that the aspects at this New Moon suggest, but also the hidden depths.

“Without being in constant exchange with the rest of the cosmos, you cannot exist. The idea of individuality is an illusion.”

                                        Sadhguru

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I am going to post the planetary positions each month. I will not include the Sun and Moon, as they move quickly, but will post the others so you can work out the transits to your natal chart

Mercury – 21 Virgo – 10 Scorpio

Venus – 9 Scorpio – 16 Sagittarius

Mars – 2 – 23 Capricorn

Jupiter – 4 – 10 Libra

Saturn – 11 – 14 Sagittarius

Uranus – 23 – 22 Aries (retrograde)

Neptune – 9 Pisces

Pluto – 14 – 15 Capricorn

North Node – 12 – 11 Virgo (Nodes always move backwards)

September 2016 Newsletter – Two Powerful Eclipses

The Next Step Newsletter

Two Powerful Eclipses

Just to say that in order to keep the within the free distribution limit, if you haven’t opened any of these newsletters over the last three months, then the system automatically deletes you. Apologies for that, but at this stage I don’t want to charge anyone. The newsletters are always uploaded to my website at the beginning of each month, and you can read them there.

Here are some highlights for manifestations of planetary pattern in August: I post these as it is insightful and educational for us to see how astrology is constantly manifesting in the world in many different ways, weaving a tapestry with its constantly changing symbolism over time. Ultimately, I hope this will serve as a historical record.

August Review

August 2nd: Donald Trump has a natal Moon in Sagittarius, the sign of strong opinions, and which is also related to racism and religious issues. Just hours after Mars entered Sagittarius today (strong fiery opinions), Donald Trump seriously offended a Gold Star Muslim family: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438692/donald-trump-gold-star-family-can-trump-cross-fitness-threshold.

August 3rd: We still anticipated sudden, disruptive events a week after Uranus came to its stationary point in Aries on the 29th July, when its symbolism is magnified. Today an Emirates plane crash landed at Dubai airport (luckily no injuries reported), it appears due to a fire on board. Uranus is the planet most associated with aviation, and Aries is the primary fire sign.

Also today as Mars entered Sagittarius, it was announced that London will have many more armed police guarding the city’s security. Mars=warrior, Sagittarius=firearms.

August 5th: The theme of Saturn square Neptune, ‘what is true and what is not, what can be trusted and what not’ continues with this latest claim from Donald Trump that money was given by the US government to Iran; a claim on which he had to later backtrack: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36988451.

August 7th: All Russian parolympic athletes have been banned from the Rio Olympic games, due to state-sponsored doping: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37002582. This is a clear reflection of Saturn (restrictions, banning) in Sagittarius (sport) square to Neptune in Pisces (drugs, doping, deception). This is particularly highlighted today in a T-square with Mercury.

August 9th: Saturn is barely moving in Sagittarius, becoming exactly stationary on the 12th. The following is a clear example of this:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-37021385. Tanner Ahmed, a Sunni Muslim, murdered a Glasgow shopkeeper whom he said ‘disrespected Islam’. Sagittarius is about religious ideology, and extreme views. Sagittarius is also the sign linked to the law; and Saturn in this sign represents legal punishment and incarceration. Ahmed was given a life sentence.

August 10th: The 800 mile wall between Israel and Palestine is in the news, as the only way to keep the violence under control between the two countries. Saturn=walls, Sagittarius=racism, religious ideology. Mars is also in Sagittarius, representing religious violence. 

August 11th: There has been a chlorine gas attack by Syrian government forces on the civilians of Aleppo: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37049555. This refers the Saturn square Neptune in Pisces aspect, associated with great fear (almost existential) and toxic chemicals.

August 14th: We now have a conjunction between Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius, an aspect of militarism. Russia has just deployed some air missiles to the Ukrainian border, and will be holding ‘military exercises’ in that area in the coming week. Putin is accusing the Ukranian government of provoking Russia, and there certainly seems to be heightened military tension along the border: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37074732. All this is consistent with the symbolism of ‘heightened militarism’ as anticipated. Transiting Pluto (the planet of power) is directly squaring Putin’s Sun, likely to encourage an expansive urge within him. By August 16th, Russia was launching air attacks on Syria from Iran air bases. This is a new development of expanded militarism.

August 15th: One of Donald Trump’s main campaign aides is being accused of taking payments from the Russian-backed Ukrainian government: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37080909. This is all the more concerning given Trump’s admiring comments about the Russian leader. Of course, we are still in the realm of Saturn-Neptune, what is true and what is not? However, as we get closer to the Solar Eclipse of September 1st which highlights this aspect, we may see ‘secrets’ and things which have been deliberately obscured coming to light at last.

August 16th: Is it true or is it not (Saturn square to Neptune) that the Ukrainian government has been organising terrorist attacks against Russia from Crimea? Russia is providing ‘evidence’ of the plot: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37089658.

August 19th: Four US Olympic swimmers had said that they had been held up and robbed at gunpoint in Rio, to cover up an altercation at a petrol station:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37115778. Police said they had made this story up. This again reflects the Saturn-Neptune square, what is true and what is not, Saturn conjunct Mars in Sagittarius=firearms, and Neptune in Pisces=swimmers (!). Sagittarius is linked to the truth, Neptune is deception, but Saturn in Sagittarius represents the ‘authorities’ who will punish untruths and cover-ups.

August 21st: The Moon was in Aries on this day, conjunct Uranus and Eris. This is an explosive, eruptive, sudden disruptive, possibly violent energy, involving the people. A suicide bomber attacked wedding celebrations in Turkey, killing 54 people: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37149897. Turkey is highlighted over the next month, as the country’s leader has planets at 9 degrees of the mutable signs, being triggered by the Saturn-Neptune square, throwing him and his country into greater prominence.

August 22nd: This is a brilliant idea, echoing Jupiter in Virgo: making practical use of resources, and cleaning up the Earth. Ikea are introducing packaging made from mushrooms, which decomposes in your garden in a short time, and eliminates the need for polystyrene: http://expand-your-consciousness.com/ikea-to-use-mushroom-based-packaging-that-will-decompose-in-a-garden-within-weeks-read/?t=MAM.

August 22nd: In the same vein, houses are being built from recycled plastic, as there are now billions of pounds of plastic in our oceans: http://wakeup-world.com/2016/08/22/affordable-eco-friendly-energy-efficient-how-re-purposed-plastic-waste-helping-solve-humanitys-housing-crisis/?utm_campaign=Wake+Up+World+e-Newsletter&utm_content=Latest+Headlines+inc.+A+Comprehensive+Guide+to+the+Emotional+Freedom+Technique+%28EFT%29&utm.This not only reflects Jupiter in Virgo as above, it also reflect Saturn (construction, building) square to Neptune in Pisces (plastic from the oceans).

August 23rd: Ryan Lochte, one of the US swimmers who invented the story about being robbed at gunpoint, has lost several major sponsorships. As we near the peak of the Saturn in Sagittarius (truth) square to Neptune in Pisces (deception), anyone’s untruths are likely to be discovered and punished (Saturn=authorities, punishment).

August 24th: Today there was a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Italy. Yesterday and today, we have two aspects with Mars; it is both conjunct Saturn, and in an awkward aspect with Uranus. This creates a very strong, tense push-pull energy, and Mars-Uranus aspects, with their sudden eruptive energy, are the aspects most associated with earthquakes. Mars-Saturn=blockage, pressure, then Mars-Uranus represents pent-up energy being suddenly released. Following this, there was a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in central Myanmar, also being felt in Thailand, India, and Bangladesh: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37172794. There was also (so 3 earthquakes all on this day with Mars aspecting both Saturn and Uranus) in Indonesia, measuring magnitude 6.0.

August 24th: UK Members of Parliament call for a worldwide ban (Saturn=regulation) on plastic (Neptune) microbeads (Jupiter in Virgo), as they are entering the food chain via cosmetics and toothpastes. They are now being found in the digestive systems (Virgo) of fish (Neptune in Pisces), and in this sense becoming embedded in the food chain:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37161479.

August 24th: We expected to see some ‘militarism’ at the Mars-Saturn conjunction, exact today. North Korea has just launched a ballistic missile from a submarine, seen as a highly aggressive act, and condemned widely: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37171608.

August 24th: Today a new planet, Proxima B was announced in the news. Mercury (news) and Jupiter (long distance/space travel) were exactly conjunct, aspecting the Galactic Centre and the Super Galactic centre! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37167393. Jupiter and Uranus were also exactly quincunx, an aspect associated with new scientific discoveries.

August 25th: Still under the influence of the Mars-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius, linked to militarism, twice this week US Navy vessels have launched warning shots at Iranian vessels for coming too close in the Persian Gulf, and were accused of provocative actions: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/24/politics/iranian-vessels-come-within-300-yards-of-us-destroyer/index.html.

August 28th: Nestle is trying to privatise water in Oregon: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/nestlé’s-attempt-completely-privatize-steal-water-oregon-put-stop-“our-water-our-future”. This has created serious water (Neptune in Pisces) shortages (Saturn) in the area.

August 30th: About 6,500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya today, one  of the largest numbers in any one day. Another strong theme associated with the Saturn square Neptune aspect is the migrant crisis, and this square is coming to a peak in September (see below). Neptune in Pisces represents the homeless, refugees, the dispossessed, destitute, those lost at sea, and Saturn in Sagittarius represents foreigners, migrants, on the move often due to reasons of religious ideology: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37216874.

September 2016

September is a packed month, as not only do we have two Eclipses, but also a New Moon right at the end on September 30th. Eclipses act a powerful portals when we can access cosmic energy more easily, and they can jump us forward on our life path in unexpected ways. There is often a feeling of accelerated development. They are like wild cards in our lives, particularly if either of them aspect a planet or angle in your chart within a 3 degree orb either way. As we are all simply gravitationally organised bodies of light, the reset that takes place at Eclipses, like rebooting a computer, can be powerful in terms of leaving the past behind. The energy this month is very strong due to other aspects too, described below.

The Solar Eclipse at 9 degrees 21 Virgo happens right at the beginning of the month, on the 1st September, exact at 2.03am PST, and 10.03am UK time. See where 9 Virgo falls in your chart, as this represents a significant new beginning for you. Eclipses are also felt up to two weeks before and up to six months afterwards, but the closer to the exact date the more likely you are to see something manifest in your life relating to the house where it falls in your chart. If you don’t know where this is, check out my two part tutorial videos, that make it really clear: https://youtu.be/6D2mBJ78dV4. You can also download your birth chart for free from my website:www.thenextstep.uk.com.

This 9 degree area of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) is being highlighted at the moment, so if you have any planets or angles between 8-10 degrees of these signs you may be going through big changes now and for the next few months. This is because the important conjunction between Mars and Saturn on the 24th August happened at 9 Sagittarius, and that was the degree to which Mars had advanced before it began retrograding in mid-April, and these ‘boundary degrees’ become activated, especially if you have planets in that area. Not only do we have the Solar Eclipse at 9 Virgo, but on 17th November we have Neptune conjunct the South Node at 9 Pisces, then on the 26th February 2017 we have another Solar Eclipse at 8 Pisces. So there is a repeated activation of this area in people’s charts. This is why it is so important to have a copy of your birthchart, then if you buy my tutorial videos you can see what the meaning of all of these aspects is for you in your life.

Anyone born between October 1961 and July 1963 will have Pluto in this position natally, and anyone born between October 1963 and August 1964 will have Uranus there. So this Solar Eclipse will not only have meaning in the house in which it falls in your birthchart, but also in the house which Uranus rules in your chart (my tutorial videos will explain that). Therefore it will be very powerful for those people, but equally if you were born on the last two days of February or May, or the first two days of September or December of any year, you will have your Sun in this position. 

The Solar Eclipse can be seen only from Africa and the Middle East, but its energetically its effect will be global, as always. The Sun and Moon are conjunct, and forming a tight T-square with Saturn and Neptune at 10 degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces respectively. This square has been running since November last year, and I have written and spoken a great deal about it in terms of its association with truth/untruth, trust/distrust, particularly of our leaders. It may have had an effect in your life with people and circumstances that you felt were long-lasting, falling away or becoming less important, particularly if this square was aspecting any of your natal planets. This square is coming to a head now, not only because it is so highlighted at the Solar Eclipse, but because it becomes exact for the last time on 10th September, and then starts to break up. Therefore we may see some ‘untruths’ coming to light in a significant way, maybe involving our leaders; Saturn can be the planet of karma and self-undoing. Watch for developments with Donald Trump during this time, and also Turkey may be in the news during September. 

Saturn can represent density and 3D reality, and at this Solar Eclipse we have 5 planets plus the North Node in Earth signs. Earth typically is associated with the material, the practical, and to some extent with the mundane, especially with 4 planets in Virgo, the sign of day-to-day detail. However the square to Neptune asks us to soar above this, to hold our vision of our lives, and not get sidetracked in the practical details of our lives. This message is amplified as almost exactly at this Eclipse Mercury is conjunct Jupiter at 28 Virgo. The message here is to think big, and have bigger horizons, a bigger perspective on life. It is emphasised even more, as for all of September Jupiter is tightly conjunct the Super Galactic Centre, and this is exact on the 18th September. The SGC is a massive black hole of cosmic energy and radiation, around which many galaxies spin; we may receive extra downloads of information from this position of Jupiter, the planet of wisdom. Be alert to this, and be aware of receiving information via your meditation and your dreams (Neptune); people who have planets or angles close to the SGC at 2 Libra seem to be particularly sensitive to energy, feeling/seeing/perceiving it more finely than the average.

At the Solar Eclipse, not only Jupiter but also Mercury and Venus are all conjunct the Super Galactic Centre, a powerful point of cosmic radiation described above. Mars in Sagittarius, the ‘spiritual warrior’, is conjunct the Great Attractor, around which many thousands of galaxies spin. Conjunctions to both of these power points in the cosmos, plus the pivot points of the two Eclipses, make September’s energy incredibly powerful in moving our lives forwards. Development is accelerated.

This final square between Saturn and Neptune is also asking you whether you have done enough in terms of living your truth and your authenticity in the world. Does your daily life pattern match up to who you really are, or is there still work to do? Do you have enough meaning in your life (Sagittarius)? This Solar Eclipse gives us the opportunity of a new beginning in a specific area of life.

On 9th September, Jupiter moves from Virgo into Libra, where it will stay until October 2017. This is good news for anyone with their Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or planetary emphasis in Libra. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, abundance, personal growth, learning, wisdom, travel, and adventure. It generally expands the qualities of the sign it is transiting. Libra is about relationships, love, harmony, balance, conciliation, and also about the arts and culture. I believe we will hear more about fairness and balance in our society as important guiding principles. After many have felt so much density and intensity with the Uranus-Pluto square, effectively operational since April 2011 (and this is now waning), there is a strong desire for a better way. We will want leaders who are more conciliatory, less warlike, and we will want to see more beauty in our lives. Relationships of all kinds may become more important, particularly building a tribe of like-minded people. This message is reinforced by the aspect between Uranus and Neptune, which speaks of a spiritual community. It also suggests that we will start to focus on a love which is not merely romantic, traditional love (Venus which rules Libra), but a higher level of spiritual, unconditional love which we can express to all beings. 

Fascinatingly, when we had a similar aspect of Uranus and Neptune in the 1960s, this was a very rich time of musical and artistic development (remember love and peace?). Neptune in Pisces is particularly concerned with music, art, and creativity in general, and Libra is linked to the arts and culture, as I mention above. Therefore I believe that we will see over the next few months some rich developments in these areas, with inspired art and music, and using technology (Uranus), and alternative devices. Neptune in Pisces also represents altered states; I anticipate that over the next year there will be new technology which will help us access altered, higher states of meditation and bliss more easily, as well as helping to heal us. Neptune in Pisces represents light; we know that the more light (in the form of bio-photons) we have in our cells, the healthier we will be. I think more devices will come (I know some already exist) onto the market which can promote this light in our bodies, and therefore promote healing. These will be exciting developments.

I also believe that there will be increased focus on issues around ‘frequency’ and vibration. We are aware that we are vibrational beings, and we may become increasingly aware of the effect of EMFs (electro-magnetic frequency pollution from wifi, smart meters etc), how these affect us, and hopefully see the development of technology that deals with that too, neutralising these effects. Magnetism will come into our consciousness in a bigger way, linked to frequency. Remember that this Uranus semi-square Neptune aspect runs through much of 2017 too. 

All through September Mars is moving quickly through Sagittarius, moving into Capricorn on the 27th. Therefore we are likely to have a feeling of busy-ness and fast moving events, particularly if you have any planets in Sagittarius from 9 degrees onwards.

Then we have a Lunar Eclipse at 24 degrees 17 Pisces on the 16th September, exact at 12.05pm PST, and 8.05pm UK time. See where this falls in your chart, as it ‘shines a light’ on that area of life, and represents a completion, culmination or closure for you. This is a perfect time to release the old, what no longer serves you, depending on where it falls in your chart, and it is very common to modify your direction after a Lunar Eclipse, which gets you back on track to follow your destiny. At the Solar Eclipse we had the Sun and Moon in a T-square with Saturn and Neptune; at the Lunar Eclipse we have the Sun and Moon in a T-square with Mars at 23 Sagittarius, and the Moon together with Chiron, which is at 22 degrees Pisces. Uranus and Eris are trine to Mars, and Mars in Sagittarius represents the ‘spiritual warrior’, the one who is assertively living their truth. Uranus and Pluto are angular in the astrocartography across the UK and Europe at this Eclipse. 

Chiron conjunct the Moon in Pisces is exquisitely sensitive, and may make us aware of any deep, almost existential wounds, that may be holding us back. Images and symbols may appear in our dreams that should be noted at this time; Chiron represents our original wound, but also offers healing via a deeper understanding of that wound, by seeing it in a different perspective. Remember that Chiron has a shape-shifting, almost shamanic ability to help us move forwards.

Mercury turns direct at 15 Virgo on 22nd September, and Pluto stations on the 26th at 15 Capricorn, so that could be a powerful day with Pluto’s symbolism of power and transformation being amplified then, before it turns direct. Mercury and Pluto form a trine aspect from the 13th until the end of the month, enabling us to think powerfully and forensically. This deepens the mind, and is excellent for research. Mars trines Uranus exactly on the 17th, which can offer us new course of action in the areas where Mars falls in our chart at 24 Sagittarius. On the 19th, the Moon is conjunct Uranus and Eris at 24 Aries, so take care that day that you are not impulsive or caught up in anger or aggression; step back and observe yourself and the situation that day, take a breath before reacting.

The Sabian Symbol for 24 Pisces at this Lunar Eclipse is: ‘This tiny island seems lost in a broad ocean, but its happy inhabitants have created a world all of their own’. This speaks of spiritual strength, the ability to have a strong spiritual anchor and practice (Neptune and Chiron in Pisces), whatever is happening in the world. It also echoes the importance of building a ‘like-minded tribe’ that I mentioned earlier. 

Finally on 30th September we have the New Moon at 8 degrees 15 Libra, happening at 5.11 PST, and 1.11am UK time on 1st October. Here, the Sun and Moon are together with Jupiter, a beautiful new beginning New Moon. This is therefore an expansive new beginning, so see where 8 degrees Libra falls in your chart. You are likely to have a new beginning there, but also growth opportunities coming in following this New Moon. Jupiter also helps us to expand the concept of relationship, so that we may start to collaborate and co-operate more with others (perhaps in our business lives), so that we stop seeing others so competitively and think about what we can do together, collectively. 

Neptune is in a quincunx to the Sun and Moon, bringing in the idea of unconditional love, the higher octave of Venus, into this new beginning. We may start to think about all relationships from a higher sense of being, one of inclusiveness, and community. What emphasises this is that the Sun and Moon are (widely) squared by Pluto in Capricorn, reminding us of the ‘top-down’ control of governments and big corporations, how society has traditionally worked, but this New Moon new beginning may start to see the birth of a different social organisation, one of sharing, equality, trust, and collaboration for the mutual benefit of all. There is a better way.

“The seat of the soul is there, where the outer and inner worlds meet.”    

                                        Novalis

I’m getting excellent feedback on my book, audiobook and video teaching products, and they are all great ways to learn more about astrology. I’ve recently filmed about an hour’s worth of video teaching on transiting Jupiter and Saturn through your birthchart. These are such important cycles in everyone’s life at any time. You will need to have a copy of your birthchart, which you can now  download from for free (www.thenextstep.uk.com), then the tutorial should give you some very rich information at any time in your life about where you are expanding, and can expect success, recognition and opportunites, and where you need to apply focus, work and discipline. These cycles are one of the first things I look for in preparing a chart. You will know from my updates where the positions of Jupiter and Saturn are in the heavens, and then can work out what that means for you in your life, and you can constantly refer back to them over the years. I have tried to keep all my videos very inexpensive, as I want them to be accessible for everyone. Here is the link to my store: https://gumroad.com/products/VsrvP. Enjoy!

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Once you download a free birthchart from my website, you can start to use the tutorial videos straight away. There is a description that comes with the chart (which I did not write), and people have said this is very accurate. However, please remember that a computer-generated description with a list of characteristics is a very different experience to having a full consultation with a professional astrologer, who through synthesising this matrix of meaning, can give you profound insights into who you truly are.

You can find my recent video on the elements, modalities, rulerships and astrological signs at this link: https://youtu.be/QbQfkg1_PKQ

I am going to post the planetary positions each month. I will not include the Sun and Moon, as they move quickly, but will post the others so you can work out the transits to your natal chart:

Mercury retrograde: 28 Virgo (to 14 Virgo on the 22nd) to 20 Virgo

Venus: 2 Libra to 8 Scorpio

Mars: 14 Sagittarius to 2 Capricorn

Jupiter: 28 Virgo to 4 Libra

Saturn: 10 to 11 Sagittarius

Uranus retrograde: 24 to 23 Aries

Neptune retrograde: 10 to 9 Pisces

Pluto retrograde: 15 to 14 Capricorn 

August 2016 Newsletter – Living from the Heart

Living from the Heart 

July 2016 Review

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Here are some highlights for manifestations of planetary pattern in July: I post these as it is insightful and educational for us to see how astrology is constantly manifesting in the world in many different ways, weaving a tapestry with its constantly changing symbolism over time. Ultimately, I hope this will serve as a historical record.

July 1st: Morocco, second biggest user of plastic bags, bans them from July 1st: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/green-morocco-bans-plastic-bags-160701141919913.html. Jupiter in Virgo, cleaning up the Earth.

July 1st: A new law came into force in the Tessin region of Switzerland, where Muslims who wear a face veil will be fined almost £8,000: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/686934/Switzerland-burka-ban-Muslims-banned-wearing-veil-Tessin-region. This reflects Saturn in Sagittarius, religious intolerance.

July 2nd: Wonderful progress that the sentience of animals is being more fully recognised here, with some scientists declaring that animals have conscious awareness like humans. This reflects Jupiter in Virgo symbolism, concern for animal welfare, and Neptune in Pisces, recognising the sanctity of all life: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/06/13/elite-scientists-sign-declaration-stating-animals-have-conscious-awareness-just-like-humans/.

July 2nd: If protestors in France have been rising up against the ‘ruling class’, as this article describes, why has it not been reported in the mainstream media? It does reflect the prevailing astrology of Venus opposing Pluto and square Uranus; the disenfranchised (Uranus, the outsider) are rising up against the inequality (Uranus), control and power (Pluto) of the ruling classes. Venus as part of the picture suggests financial inequality. Mars is also in awkward aspect to Uranus, an angry, eruptive, disruptive, and even violent aspect:http://yournewswire.com/france-protestors-rise-up-in-their-millions-against-ruling-class/.

July 2nd: A great example of Saturn (rules and regulations, blocking) square to Neptune in Pisces (plastics, pollution): http://complete-health-and-happiness.com/san-francisco-becomes-first-city-to-ban-the-sale-of-plastic-bottles/. Also Jupiter in Virgo, cleaning up the Earth.

July 3rd: Another example of Saturn (laws and regulations) square to Neptune in Pisces (deception, drugs, pharmaceuticals): http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/rob-schneider-s-uncensored-press-release-vaccination.

July 3rd GlaxoSmithKline fined $3billion for bribing doctors to prescribe more drugs: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/jul/03/glaxosmithkline-fined-bribing-doctors-pharmaceuticals?CMP=share_btn_fb. Saturn=punishment, square to Neptune in Pisces=deception with drugs.

July 4th: A vertical farm in Newark, US, is using 95% less water and no pesticides to grow fruit and vegetables: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/worlds-largest-vertical-farm-near-nyc-needs-less-water-and-no-pesticides/. A great example of Jupiter in Virgo, protecting the Earth, and developing practical, pure solutions.

July 4th: Costa Rica has decided to close all the zoos and release the animals in captivity: http://www.espritsciencemetaphysiques.com/le-costa-rica-va-fermer-tous-ses-zoos-et-liberer-tous-les-animaux-en-captivite.html. Another big success for Jupiter in Virgo, concern for animal welfare, and Neptune in Pisces, the oneness of all life.

July 4th: ISIS suicide bombers set off a series of bombs in Baghdad, some outside the sacred Prophets Mosque. 250 people died, and many were injured: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36699562. This has been the biggest loss of life in a bombing attack since 2003. Mars in Scorpio (revenge) in awkward aspect to Uranus and Eris in Aries, sudden, violent, eruptive, disruptive events.

July 4th: As Venus (currencies, money) forms a T-square with Uranus and Pluto, three former Barclays employees are found guilty of fixing the Libor rate (inter-bank lending rate) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36703143. This is in line with Uranus shining the light of truth on corporate cover-ups (Pluto) and underhand/criminal dealings (Pluto), in this case linked to money (Venus).

July 6th: In the long running saga of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, the FBI has said although her use of her personal e-mail address for state business was careless, they will not prosecute http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36718809. This is another story reflecting the Saturn square Neptune aspect, how far our leaders can be trusted, and felt to be honest, and have integrity. Trust is a huge issue in the US Presidential election, for both Republicans and Democrats.

July 6th: German AfD Party introduces an anti-Islam policy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36182511. This reflects Saturn in Sagittarius, highlighting intolerance against religious groups.

July 7th: As the Uranus-Pluto square is pulled back into prominence by the Sun, the US launch a civil rights investigation over the shooting of a black man by a white police officer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36728983. We have seen many instances like this under the Uranus-Pluto square, which is about issues of equality and control, prominent also in the civil rights and equal rights struggles in the mid 1960s when these planets were conjunct.

July 7th: The long awaited Chilcot report on Iraq War, and the conduct of our leaders, was damning: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36721645. This came out as the Sun was in direct opposition to Pluto, highlighting issues of power and abuse of power, and widely square to Uranus. This highlight of the Uranus-Pluto square, as it has so many times recently, reveals cover-ups of those in positions of power. It also reflects the Saturn-Neptune square, this continuing theme of what can be trusted, and what not? 

Although I never like to discuss individual’s charts in detail, just to point out that the Full Moon at 27 Capricorn on the 19th is tightly conjunct Tony Blair’s MC, so shining a light on his work, his reputation and his status in the world. Full Moons often reveal things that have previously not been known. Transiting Uranus is square his MC, so shocks and radical changes to his perceived status and perhaps his work going forwards. Solar Arc Pluto is conjunct Neptune, suggesting trauma and extreme stress linked to self-undoing (12th house). He was born in 1953 under the Saturn-Neptune conjunction, Saturn ruling his MC (career, status, reputation) and Neptune ruling his 12th house (self-undoing). It is fascinating now that the Saturn-Neptune square, linked to issues of truth, honesty and integrity, is bringing these issues to the fore, directly linked to his time as Prime Minister.

July 7th: Dallas has seen some extreme violence over the last few hours. After two black men being shot by white policemen, there was a protest in Dallas Texas called ‘Black Lives Matter’. This turned into some shooting against the police which appeared to have been planned, with armed snipers at strategic points. Eleven policemen were shot, five of whom have now died. As mentioned in my last two videos, we have the Uranus-Pluto square being highlighted again, with the Sun exactly opposing Pluto today. This symbolism is about sudden, violent, eruptive actions which may involve loss of life, often brought about by a sense of inequality (Uranus). We have heard reference in the media again to the civil rights protests of the mid-1960s, when we last had a powerful Uranus-Pluto aspect (conjunction). We also have an awkward Mars aspect to Uranus and Eris in Aries, which Mars rules, the sign of the warrior. This reinforces the symbolism of sudden, violent, eruptive actions: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36742835.

The gunfire broke out at 20.45 local time in Dallas, Texas. The chart for that time and place shows Pluto, planet of death, transformation, trauma and survival issues, exactly on the Ascendant. We also have the slow-moving Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point, collective grief; Pluto is in difficult aspect to the Aries point, but in Cancer; this is particularly related to the chart of the US, which has its Sun in Cancer.

July 8th: For the first time since the cold war, Nato is sending troops to Eastern Europe as a defence against any Russian aggression: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36737519. This is anticipating the upcoming Mars-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius in August, linked to militarism and firearms.

July 8th: Airbus has developed a jet that can run on fuel made from algae. It believes by 2030 33% of commercial fuel could come from algae. A wonderful example of biofuel which is sustainable, and protects the Earth, reflecting Jupiter in Virgo; this is also about detoxification, purification.

July 9th: We expected that ‘trust’ issues would be highlighted with the Saturn-Neptune square this year. In a recent survey connected with Brexit, 49% of ‘remainers’ believed academic experts, whereas minus 30% (!) of ‘leavers’ trusted them. Similarly in the US, in a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, 66% of people distrusted Hillary Clinton, and 63% distrusted Donald Trump. This is extraordinary for the two front runners in the Presidential campaign, but what was expected from the Saturn-Neptune aspect, raising issues of what is true and what is not, what can I believe and what not?

July 9th: The Buenos Aires zoo has decided to close, releasing 2,500 animals into sanctuaries. Another example of the growing concern for animal welfare, Jupiter in Virgo, and acknowledging the sanctity of all life, Neptune in Pisces.

July 12th: China is furious over an international tribunal’s ruling that it does not have territorial rights over some islands in the South China Sea: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36780285. This is a perfect reflection of Saturn in Sagittarius (international ruling over boundaries, territories) square Neptune (Lord of the Sea in myth, so parts of the South China Sea). 

July 14th: The Sun was exactly squaring Uranus and Eris, highlighting the potential for sudden, disruptive, even shocking events, and Uranian energy remained strong for the rest of July, as it slowed and came to station on the 29th. Mars was tightly together with the Moon (in mundane astrology, the Moon=the people), which  was exactly in an awkward aspect to Uranus and Eris on the 14th and 15th, with similar symbolism. The energy was very intense. This symbolism is about a ‘sudden unexpected violent attack against the people’. At the Full Moon on the 19th, the Sun and Moon were both tightly square to Uranus and Eris, again emphasising these themes. Uranus can also represent the outsider. An horrific terrorist attack occurred in Nice when a speeding truck deliberately mowed down pedestrians who were celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 people, and injuring many more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-36799172. A Full Moon always suggests that we will be ‘full of emotion’, with the Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point, and Pluto in awkward aspect to the Aries Point, this suggests tragedy and collective sadness, grief.

July 15th: Following my earlier post today, there has now been a military coup in Turkey. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36809083. Today the Sun is exactly highlighting, by square, Uranus and Eris (a hyped-up version of Uranus, symbolically.) Mars is in an awkward aspect to Uranus and Eris, energising this eruptive, violent, sudden, shocking energy. Typically events move very quickly where Uranus is involved, there is always a sense of time being speeded up. At the time of the military coup in Turkey, Mars was exactly on the Midheaven, 20.00 local time in Istanbul. Mars is the warrior, and is linked to aggression and assertion (god of war in myth).

Uranus is about revolution, people rising up against the status quo, usually the government. We are building towards a Full Moon in Capricorn on the 19th July, where Uranus and Eris are tightly square the Sun and Moon. So this represents unexpected sudden events which are shaking the Capricorn structures. Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, represents control, the status quo, the powers that be, and therefore is strongly linked to governments. At the Full Moon the Sun is in Cancer, linked to our emotional security, and the Moon in Capricorn, linked to practical security, usually provided by governments.

July 17th: Three police officers have been shot dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by a lone shooter: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36820782. This happened at 9am local time. The symbolism is as above, and in the chart set for the local time and place, Mars was tightly angular and therefore highlighted, and Neptune conjunct the South Node in Pisces is elevated; this can represent psychosis and delusions.

July 18th: Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, it was announced today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/36823453. This is a clear reflection of the Saturn (rules, regulations) in Sagittarius (sport, athletics) square to Neptune (drugs, deceit, things being ‘not what they seem’). On the 21st July, it was announced that their track and field athletes will be banned from the Rio Olympics. Later, the Russian weight lifters were also banned.

July 20th: Under the light of the Capricorn Full Moon, when we had the Sun and Moon squared by Uranus, I talked about the theme of freedom versus control with these aspects.: https://youtu.be/OxgdLmGmJ68. Today Turkey announced a state of emergency for three months, which means that it can bypass parliament and compromise citizens’ rights and freedoms: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36852080. I explained in the video that Capricorn represents governments, so this perfectly reflects the symbolism.

July 21st: 21 year old Boyan Slat just announced his ‘Ocean Clean-up’ prototype which will clean up millions of tons of plastic waste (Neptune in Pisces) in our oceans (Neptune). He is using floating barriers to do this (Saturn=barrier, Neptune in Pisces=floating). Featured in the Huffington Post.

July 22nd: BBC article seriously questioning Donald Trump’s veracity: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36863961. Equally, in the UK, Boris Johnson, now Foreign Secretary, has been widely accused of lying during the Brexit campaign. Saturn square Neptune, what is true and what is not?

July 22nd: As I was writing this post on Facebook, shootings were beginning in Munich in a shopping centre: ‘As I mentioned in my last two videos, Uranus is now barely moving at 24 Aries, as it comes to a stationary position on the 29th. It is also conjunct Eris. Whenever a planet is stationary its symbolism is amplified, and so we should expect sudden, eruptive, out of the blue events happening in the world, as we feel this ‘station’ about a week either side of the 29th, so that is starting today. On the 29th, Mercury is squared by Mars, so think before you speak – you may be witty, but it can also suggest aggressive words. Mars is coming to the what is known as the ‘critical degree’, the last degree of Scorpio, at that time too, and that tends to emphasise the intense, deep feelings of the sign.’ I was unaware of the shootings at the time, but they clearly fulfil the symbolism. At 6.30pm local time In Munich, Uranus and Eris were tightly conjunct the IC (home base) and opposing the MC (status of a country). Chiron is almost exactly squaring the Ascendant, the identity of the country being wounded. We also have the Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point, reflecting collective grief and sadness.

July 25th: Reflecting the same sudden, eruptive symbolism as above, a Japanese man stabbed 19 disabled people to death in a care home: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36890655. He apparently had a grudge against the home; Mars (violence, aggression) was still in Scorpio, sign of grudges.

July 25th: The Democratic Party has suffered severe embarrassment as it has been discovered via e-mails that party officials tried to block Bernie Sanders progress in the Primary in favour of Hillary Clinton:http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/25/politics/dnc-email-scandal-explained/index.html.

July 26th: A priest has been killed in his church near Rouen in northern France by two attackers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36892785. It is believed that the men were IS motivated, as it is seen an attack on France’s religion. All the same sudden, eruptive, violent symbolism applies of Uranus slowing to station at 24 Aries, conjunct Eris, and the Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point. Saturn in Sagittarius, as noted above, is linked to religious issues and intolerance, and Neptune in Pisces represents Christianity and the Church.

All the recent horrific tragedies also reflect Neptune conjunct the South Node in Pisces, which can take the form of psychosis, the unconscious leaking out in twisted ways; Uranus in Aries can represent the violent loner, the alien. So we can see how mentally unstable lone gunmen who in some cases believe they have a grudge, can become violent in terrible ways.

July 29th: As Uranus became stationary and therefore more powerful in its eruptive symbolism, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake happened in the North Mariana Islands: http://earthquaketrack.com/p/northern-mariana-islands/recent.

July 30th: An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude occurred in Crete, as Uranus was still in its stationary position.

August 2016

Our birthcharts, and the prevailing patterns in the heavens, give unique patterns. Something I believe passionately about astrology (see my book, ‘You Don’t Really Believe in Astrology, Do You?’ for more on this) is that although the pattern at any moment is set, our birthchart being our unique piece of music, we are not fated in HOW we play that sheet of music. Our consciousness determines the LEVEL at which that pattern will unfold in the world, individually and collectively. Our collective consciousness ‘plays the music’ at its own level, and the symbolism will be expressed at that level. So if we look at the square between Saturn and Neptune, it can be expressed as untruths, dishonesty, fear, contraction, withdrawal, separation, racism (Sagittarius) and 3D reality (Saturn); but it can be expressed at a much higher level. Saturn square Neptune is connected to making real your dreams, and Neptune is the planet of spirituality, associated with 5D reality, where time and space do not exist. There we can create something beautiful.

So the real challenge at this time is creating your own reality, whether you decide to buy a camper van and disappear from the hubbub for a while, or make changes where you are. I report in detail in these newsletters on the many day-to-day manifestations of astrological symbolism in the world, as it is instructive to see these unfolding. However, I try not to emotionally engage with these events. It’s best if you can view these happenings with dispassion, as an observer, rather than developing strong feelings and views one way or another. If you feel angry and fearful, you can guarantee that you will have more experiences in your life that will make you feel that way, just as if you have your dial set to a heavy metal head-banging radio station, that’s what will play in your life.

However, you can adopt the stance that everything changes, this too will pass. Set intentions every morning on what you want to experience that day, and certainly in the early stages of developing these habits, regularly check your thinking. Our thoughts are electrical impulses which create our emotions, which are magnetic waves, and they produce highly specific neuropeptides through every cell in our body (see Molecules of Emotion, by Candace Pert). It is this ‘set point’ of vibration that attracts experiences to us to reflect that optimistic, happy, upbeat frequency. We get more of what we think about all day long.

You may even want to keep a thought journal, and every hour jot down what you have been thinking about. So much of our thinking is unconscious, that it is helpful to monitor it; it is only through this awareness that we can start to change it. Every day, spend time feeling centred and connected, whether you achieve that by being in nature, meditating, listening to music, or being creative. You will find a state of peace and optimism that becomes your spiritual anchor, and you will want to spend more and more time in that state day by day. In this way, you are creating your own reality, and you will feel less and less buffeted by external events, and therefore not attract more of the same into your life.

The horrific terrorist attacks in Nice so close to the Full Moon in Capricorn, where the Sun is in Cancer, highlighted our need for emotional security (Cancer) and also practical security (Capricorn). It was a call for us to individually find our own deeper sense of security in these turbulent times, by developing our daily practice, which is always available to us. 

We always have a choice as to how we play our music. Many of us see the chaos in the world and are becoming more disenchanted with this way of life. Saturn square Neptune can allow us to envisage a more collective, loving, peaceful way of life, which respects the Earth and the sanctity of all life. We are all one, and that is what the message of Neptune in Pisces is all about. Live more in that Neptunian 5D reality, then bring that better way of living back down to reality with Saturn, making it achievable. It doesn’t have to be a split between some people living in fear, and others living in the clouds; the purpose of a challenging aspect such as Saturn square Neptune is to integrate the symbolic principles, and to express them in the world to the highest level.

Now to the astrology for August: for the first week we may still feel the effects of the Uranus station on 29th July, which is conjunct Eris in Aries. Any station of a planet emphasises its symbolism, so there may be sudden, unexpected events, or even sudden unexpected opportunities for us. Uranus is at 24 Aries and Venus at 24 Leo for the first two days of August, in a positive trine aspect, so if you have any planets or angles around 24 degrees of the fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) you may meet someone out of the blue. It could be a romantic meeting, and the person could be foreign or different from anyone you have been with before. This is particularly the case if Venus or Uranus falls in your 5th or 7th houses.

There are no planets in air in early August; air tends to give objectivity, but we do have 5 planets in fire around the time of the New Moon in Leo. Fire gives action, enthusiasm, a feeling of getting things going, and generally fire signs tend to be positive, if a little assertive. The New Moon is at 10 degrees Leo 57 on 2nd August at 1.44pm PST and 9.44pm UK time. Leo is the sign of play, creativity, and having fun. This New Moon may make us ask ourselves whether we are having enough fun and play in our lives; Leo is also the sign linked to the heart. 

More and more of us are feeling the need to operate from a heart-centred place. Your heart is not simply a physical part of your body. There is much research evidence on the heart now. If you feel a high vibration emotion such as love or gratitude, and imagine that you are breathing in and out of the heart, your body systems not only become more coherent, but you significantly expand the size of your auric field; you are beaming out love to the world. So here I am not just thinking of creativity linked to Leo as writing a poem or composing music, but co-creating your own reality, which as we know (although all of us lapse I’m sure) we are doing all the time. Our emotional state determines the level at which we manifest, so if we can be aware of this heart breathing and high vibration emotion, we will be creating our lives from love, rather than fear and contraction, or a less positive emotion. You can imagine what a difference that will make to your reality. If you’re not sure, give it a try for a while, and be vigilant about your emotional state. This heart breathing state is also fertile ground for creating your music, poetry or painting, as it induces a state of calm peacefulness and connectedness.

The Sabian symbol (which were channeled by a medium many years ago) for 10 degrees Leo, where this New Moon is, is “the early morning dew salutes the sunlight”. This is beautiful, and suggests a new beginning after some intense months of extreme emotion, if not in your own life, then certainly in the world. It feels fresh, and gives the chance at this New Moon to have a new beginning which is heart-centred, based on love.

What will help us with manifestation is that Mars, just a few hours before this New Moon, goes from Scorpio to Sagittarius. Mars is comfortable in a fire sign, as they are both about energy and forward motion. Therefore this will help to give focus, energy and motivation to anything that we may have been struggling with. Mars has been moving very slowly through July, but is now accelerating, and therefore can help to galvanise projects which may have been hard to get going. See where the early degrees of Sagittarius fall in your chart.

We will also have the potential for higher level guidance at this New Moon, as Neptune, planet of spirituality, healing and miracles, is in aspect to both the Sun and Moon. Information may come through in your dreams, as Neptune rules dreams. Jupiter has been opposing Chiron for some weeks, but on 12th August that opposition becomes exact, making it easier for us to shift perspective to a higher level and see things from a different point of view. Venus opposes Neptune on the 14th and 15th August, which is wonderful for imagination, and inspired creativity that uses a fine perception.

Saturn is also highlighted at the New Moon, in that it is trining the Sun and Moon. This suggests that if we use patience and discipline, our efforts will pay off. Saturn can also bring stability to a situation. Then on the 13th, Saturn becomes stationary direct, which means that its symbolism is highlighted. In Sagittarius, this highlights truth; also religious issues, borders, boundaries, territorial divisions, and athletics and sport. Personally, it is very much about finding your truth and living an authentic life, putting your authentic path into practice on a daily basis. We have had the square between Saturn and Neptune for some months, which emphasises this meaning, and this aspect is coming to a peak in September when it becomes exact again, and is brought into focus by the Solar Eclipse at the beginning of September. So this is a great astrological opportunity for us, if we have not done it already, to start to live authentically, and fully. Saturn square Neptune, as I have mentioned before, is also about what is true and what is not, what can we trust and believe and what not, particularly with our leaders. That has been demonstrated widely, at least in the UK and US.

However, there is a higher level of consciousness at which these planetary patterns can operate. I’ve been thinking a lot about Einstein recently, as he had a strong Sagittarius (his Moon) and Pisces (Sun and Midheaven) emphasis in his chart. He used to take his small boat out at night, and sit in the middle of the lake, staring up into the night sky, the stars and the blackness, and reach for higher understanding via his intuition rather than logic. He demonstrated a yearning mysticism, a desire to connect with the divine, with something greater than himself. Einstein wanted to find a deeper meaning to his daily existence, to reach out into the cosmos and understand the laws of reality, which he knew intuitively had a spiritual basis. Uranus was also strong in his chart, but gave him the flashing insights to see things differently. He broke free of the mechanistic Newtonian paradigm, and understood that matter was just another form of energy. He is a hero, one of the greatest thinkers of recent times.

Similarly, I think many of us have that same yearning feeling now, prompted by the Saturn in Sagittarius square to Neptune in Pisces. We also want a deeper meaning to our daily existence, and don’t want to tolerate a world which has so much violence and strife. Pisces is the urge for a daily connection to the divine, the ethereal, the Godly, and Sagittarius always wants to go beyond current existence, to reach out into the cosmos for greater understanding. It is connected to higher consciousness too, via Jupiter’s rulership. We no longer just want to have a job to pay the bills, but want to ‘walk our truth’ and live our authenticity on a daily basis. We want to live in a state of heart-centredness (see the New Moon in Leo video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OaWqzBjG9A), respecting the oneness and sanctity of all life (Neptune in Pisces), and making our unique contribution to the world (North Node in Virgo).

This is coming to a head now, as the Saturn-Neptune square which has been running for some months will become exact again in September, soon after it is highlighted by the Solar Eclipse on 1st September. Saturn will also square the Nodal axis in September, asking us to leave the past behind, and move forwards in our destiny. Eclipses represent pivot points; so these next few weeks are a very important for us the start to live this aspect at a high level. Uranus can bring us insights, breakthroughs in our awareness, and sudden opportunities, and the Saturn square Neptune aspect can encourage us to live our lives as the best and most authentic we can be everyday, in a state of loving kindness, and respecting the sanctity of all life.

On August 18th, we have the Full Moon at 25 degrees 51 minutes of Aquarius, which happens at 2.26am PST and 10.26am UK time. See where this falls in your birthchart, as it is likely to represent a completion, closure or culmination in that area of life; it can also ‘shine a light’ on something in that area of life that was previously unknown to you, which can enable you to change direction. Uranus trines the Sun at this Full Moon, and Aquarius is ruled by Uranus. This is encouraging us to be experimental, break old patterns, and as Aquarius represents the collective, to begin to form different associations with people who can become our ‘tribe’, they are on the same vibration. How can we contribute to this new paradigm? We may want to live in a different way, challenge the status quo of the old structures and ways of being, and come together to make a different world. This theme is emphasised by Uranus semi-square to Neptune, the spiritual revolution, the desire to live as a spiritual collective. This aspect is similar to an aspect in the 1960s when ‘peace and love’ and communal living became popular. The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 26 Leo is ‘after the heavy storm, the rainbow’.

The Moon is conjunct Uranus and Eris in Aries on 21st August, which is potentially volatile and impulsive energy, so try to stay peaceful and calm that day. Mercury opposes Chiron from the 19-22nd August, enabling us to draw on higher level information and achieve a higher perspective on our lives; Mercury is also conjunct Jupiter from the 22nd to the 31st August, encouraging us to think big, have broader horizons and a bigger vision. This is happening at 25-26 degrees Virgo, so you will feel this if you have any planets or angles around that point. It will facilitate spiritually inspired information helping us to form that bigger picture. Venus also conjuncts Jupiter on the 27th August at 27 degrees Virgo, and this can represent success and abundance in whichever area this falls in your birth chart. It will be emphasised if you have planets at that point.

However, we also have more volatile energy in late August: Mars is sesquiquadrate (challenging aspect) Uranus and Eris in Aries on the 23rd, linked to sudden eruptive energy, so watch you own words and actions that day so you are not impulsive. On 24th August, Mars conjuncts Saturn at 9 degrees Sagittarius. This is an important degree point, as it is the degree at which Mars started to move retrograde in mid-April. This conjunction can be militaristic and strongly assertive. It is important that you channel this focused energy into doing something productive, as it is excellent for that, otherwise you may feel a little frustrated that day. Mars is also conjunct the fixed star Antares on the 24th, associated with leaders in the world, so we may see some important developments in that area, linked to militarism, and possibly religious ideology (Sagittarius). This 9 degrees of the mutable signs is activated many times in 2016, as it is highlighted again at the Solar Eclipse in September at 9 degrees Virgo, then again in November when Neptune stations directly conjunct the South Node at 9 Pisces (more in a later newsletter). If you have any planets or angles at 8-10 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces), you may experience some significant changes in the areas of life that 9 degrees of the mutable signs represent in your birthchart.

Mars squares Neptune at 11 degrees Pisces on the 26/27th August, which can be ‘inspired spiritual action’, so a great day to practice yoga or tai-chi. In its less positive expression, it can represent ‘deceitful actions’, so be aware of that in your own life, as these are always discovered later, but we may see more of this with our public figures. Mars is energising the Saturn-Neptune square with the strong theme of ‘what is true, and can be trusted, and what not?’ 

Finally, Mercury goes retrograde at 29 Virgo until 22nd September, calling for some rethinking in whichever area of life in your birthchart this falls for you.

Partly as a result of a lot of mutability in 2016, many of us feel that life is changing very quickly, there is a lot happening in a short time. We may feel this even more over the next few months, as Mars is now moving very quickly, and moves through Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and into Pisces by the end of the year. As always, have your daily spiritual practice, whether that is breathwork or meditation, to bring you back to a place of calm and centredness, whatever is happening in the world.

“Man must make two connections: he must reconnect with the Earth, he must reconnect to the stars.”            

                                African Oral Tradition

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I am going to post the planetary positions each month. I will not include the Sun and Moon, as they move quickly, but will post the others so you can work out the transits to your natal chart:

Mercury: 2 – 29 Virgo

Venus: 25 Leo – 1 Libra

Mars: 29 Scorpio – 13 Sagittarius

Jupiter: 22 – 28 Virgo

Saturn: 9 – 10 Sagittarius

Uranus: 24 Aries

Neptune: 11 – 10 Pisces 

Pluto: 15 Capricorn

Chiron: 25 Pisces

July 2016 Newsletter – In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Storm

June 2016 Review

Here are some highlights for manifestations of planetary pattern in June: I post these as it is insightful and educational for us to see how astrology is constantly manifesting in the world in many different ways, weaving a tapestry with its constantly changing symbolism over time. Ultimately, I hope this will serve as a historical record.

As a general point, as we were approaching the EU referendum in the UK on the 23rd, there was enormous confusion (Neptune in Pisces square to Saturn) around what is true and what is not, what is real and what is not, who can you trust and who not? The campaign has become quite vicious, with one side constantly contradicting another and announcing that they are lying and misleading people, and only they know ‘the truth’. This is a very clear example of this Neptune-Saturn square manifesting in the world. We anticipated that our leaders may bring up issues of ‘trust’. Much more about the referendum below.

June 1st: Plastic microbeads are increasingly found in fish: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/microplastics-microbeads-ocean-sea-serious-health-risks-united-nations-warns-a7041036.html. This reflects the symbolism of Jupiter in Virgo (tiny), and Saturn (blockages) square to Neptune in Pisces (fish, oceans and plastic).

June 2nd: Exceptionally heavy rainfall across Europe has caused major flooding in Germany and France, with at least 10 people killed. The Seine in Paris broke its banks, and was at the highest level for decades http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36432429. This reflects the mutable Grand Cross, particularly Jupiter (excess, lots of), in square to Neptune in Pisces (rainfall, floods, rivers), and Saturn; Saturn represents boundaries, and the excess of rainfall has gone beyond those in going beyond the normal boundaries of the river. France also continues to see widespread strikes (Neptune=withdrawal, square to Saturn=labour), involving blockades (Saturn) of petrol (Neptune) stations.

June 4th: China News reports how a Columbian architect, Oscar Mendez, is building houses from recycled plastic. He runs a company called Concept Plastics. This is a manifestation of Saturn (construction) square to Neptune (plastics), and also Jupiter in Virgo, cleaning up the Earth and making something useful at the same time,

June 6th: Massive storms in Australia, particularly around New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, have killed at least three people. The symbolism is as above: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-36442209.

June 11th: Norway bans deforestation, a reflection of Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, taking care of the Earth https://ecowatch.com/2016/06/08/norway-bans-deforestation/.

June 12th: This is a post I put on my Facebook page on June 12th, anticipating the EU referendum result:  “The EU referendum is coming up fast on June 23rd, and I’ve decided to share my own astrological point of view on the potential result. Personally, I haven’t yet decided how to vote, so my views will not bias what I am presenting here.

I am not sharing any details from personal birthcharts (e.g. David Cameron, Boris Johnson) as I believe it would be unethical to do so. I am just concentrating on the UK 1801 chart for the Act of Union, January 1st 1801 00.00 Westminster, the EU chart of 1st November 1993 00.00 at Brussels, and the close of polls at 22.00 23rd June London.

Firstly, it is interesting that in 1989 when the Berlin Wall was coming down, Saturn was in Capricorn (both linked to structures, territorial divisions, regulations around boundaries,) and tightly conjunct Neptune (dissolution). This was a strong symbol of unification between East and West Germany. Now in June, we have Saturn and Neptune in exact square to each other this month, and the square ‘tests’ whatever was birthed at the conjunction. Therefore the concept of European unification is being tested by this aspect.

On 23rd June we are also still under the influence of the Full Moon on the 20th, which is at the Aries Point. Whenever planets are at this point, events tend to be thrown out onto the world stage, and are important globally. A Brexit would have a bigger impact for the world than remaining in the EU, which would be continuing the status quo.

In the UK chart of 1801, considered the most relevant chart for the UK, we have transiting Pluto opposing the Moon, which in this chart rules the Midheaven, the status of a country. This suggests a profound transformation in the status of the UK. Transiting retrograde Mars opposes and Uranus and Eris (planets of radical change and shake-up) stressfully aspect Ceres in the 8th house of this chart; the symbolism is about a radical change in international finance and agriculture. The Mutable Grand Cross returns on 20th June, and all planets involved in that configuration aspect Mercury in the 1801 chart, which represents foreign relations and immigration issues, suggesting changes here too. I have written and spoken extensively about the T-square between Jupiter (excess, too many, foreign) square to Saturn in Sagittarius (borders, territorial divisions, immigration and religious issues) which is square to Neptune in Pisces (compassion, but also the homeless, destitute, refugees, those lost at sea). The high level of immigration is the principal argument of the Brexit campaign.

On 23rd June at the close of polls in London at 22.00, transiting Pluto is tightly conjunct the Ascendant – this is powerful, and suggests a profound transformation of this country’s identity. The Mutable Grand Cross in this chart falls across the Nodal Axis (though this is a global feature too), but suggests that any decisions taken now a particularly important for our destiny going forwards. The Mutable Grand Cross involves Jupiter, which is this chart is linked to foreign affairs too, and also to a country’s long term hopes and wishes, as well as those elements in society who may undermine the status quo. This suggests as change in foreign affairs, the result of the UK’s long term hopes and wishes, and also change as a result of those campaigning against the status quo (i.e. leaving the EU). Saturn rules our identity here, and Neptune rules our economy in this chart, suggesting that these areas are up for change. Other areas of change potentially are those ruled by Mercury here, which is investment and productivity, and workers rights.

The Moon in this chart is in Aquarius, the sign most linked to challenging the status quo, and is very linked to freedom and independence. Uranus and Eris (radical change, breaking away) are in difficult aspect to Mars, which rules trade and neighbouring countries in this chart. Neptune and Mars, both retrograde on the 23rd, suggest confusion, but also anger, acrimony, blame and recrimination.

In the EU chart, transiting Pluto is conjunct Uranus and Neptune. This suggests profound change in foreign relations (Uranus rules the 7th house), and also the tendency to project onto others what we find difficult to perceive in ourselves. Again, the conjunction to Neptune (which rules the 8th house here) suggests a profound change in international finance. Transiting Mars is opposing the Moon (ruling the 12th here) suggesting anger directed at those who wanted to undermine the status quo. Transiting Neptune is exactly on the 8th house cusp, suggesting disillusionment, disappointment, and dissolution of shared values and international financial arrangements.

So my astrological conclusion is that the UK will leave the EU; but that won’t be the end to it, as Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, has already stated that Scotland will hold another referendum to break away from the UK if we leave the EU. So the ramifications (suggested by transiting Pluto on the Ascendant of the close of polls chart), is that Brexit may precipitate the break up of the UK – and of course other countries may also take any Brexit decision as impetus to break away from the EU themselves. Therefore the consequences of a Brexit are enormous. Any resulting chaos reflects the high degree of mutability we have at a peak this month, but continuing for the rest of 2016.”

Of course we now know the result, and it is interesting in addition to the information given here, that if we look at the chart of the coronation of King William  at noon 25th December 1066, London, another important chart for the UK, transiting Uranus is exactly on the Ascendant, the identity, of the UK, which indicates a radical, sudden, and extreme breaking away, independence. This only happens once every 84 years. If we look at the chart when the UK was formally confirmed within the EU on 1st January 1973, 00.00 Brussels, transiting Uranus is opposing its ‘natal’ place in this chart, with similar symbolism.

Undoubtedly this is a development of seismic proportions, and the result very much confirms the astrological symbolism, as well as the effect of the Full Moon at the Aries Point throwing events onto the world stage.

June 11th: The greatest number of casualties from a gun attack in US history happened at a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36511778. This reflects the symbolism of Mars (Anger, aggression, violence) in Scorpio (grudges, wanting revenge) in difficult aspect to Uranus and Eris in Aries, ruled by Mars. Uranus and Eris, particularly in Aries, suggest a combustible, eruptive, sudden, shocking event involving violence and strife. Apparently the gunman, Mateen, was a regular visitor to the club. His chart suggests complex sexual issues, and transiting Mars was retrograding to conjunct his Sun in Scorpio (often connected to repressed (sexual) feelings) exactly at 23 degrees.

The same day, sharing the same symbolism, there was extensive violence in Marseilles from Euro 2016 football fans, resulting in many serious injuries: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36515213.

On the 11th, for both of these tragic events, the Saturn/Pluto midpoint was at the Aries Point, throwing overwhelming destruction and grief onto the world stage. Transiting Uranus was exactly at the Moon/Mars midpoint, suggesting sudden, angry, eruptive and violent incidents connected to the people (Moon).

June 13th: As Neptune became stationary today, the BBC ran a feature on addiction. Neptune is the planet associated with addiction, and a planet’s symbolism is always more prominent when it is stationary.

June 14th: Mushrooms may replace plastics such as styrofoam, using the biodegradable fungus roots: http://wakeup-world.com/2016/06/14/will-mushroom-based-materials-replace-plastic-with-an-eco-friendly-twist/?utm_campaign=Wake+Up+World+e-Newsletter&utm_content=Latest+Headlines+inc.+Will+Mushroom-Based+Materials+Replace+Plastic+With+an+Eco-Friendly+Twist%3F&utm_medium=email. This is another example of Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, cleaning up the Earth by doing something practical with natural materials. Saturn (tangible things) square to Neptune in Pisces (plastics) reflects this, and Neptune is also connected to fungus.

June 15th: The Russian government has decided to completely ban any GMO ingredients in their food, a blow to Monsanto: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/the-russian-govt-has-decided-to-completely-ban-the-use-of-any-all-genetically-modified-ingredients-in-food-production.html. This reflect the symbolism of Jupiter conjunct the North Node in Virgo, the proper husbandry of the Earth, and purification.

June 19th: Following the Saturn-Neptune square symbolism, one of the UK’s leading EU law experts criticizes the referendum debate’s “dishonesty on an industrial scale”, as he considers the claims and counter claims from each side.

University of Liverpool Law School’s Professor Michael Dougan has spent his career studying EU law as it relates to the UK; contributing to Parliamentary Select Committees, advising government and now helping the media fact check the barrage of assertions emanating from the Remain and Leave camps, in the run up to the June 23 referendum. Sadly I’m not able to post this powerful lecture from him about this ‘industrial dishonesty”.

June 21st: Russian athletes should be banned from international competition, including the Rio Olympics, after the discovery of state-sponsored doping: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/36557009. This reflects Neptune in Pisces (drugs, doping, secrecy) square to Saturn in Sagittarius (regulations, rules in athletics and sport; Sagittarius is associated with the thighs, hence sport).

June 23rd: There have been chaotic scenes in the lower house of the US Congress, where Democrats have had a sit-in to demonstrate and demand new gun control legislation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36598736. This reflects Saturn (controls, regulations) in Sagittarius (firearms) square to Neptune (chaos).

June 24th: The Brexit campaign won in the UK, ending a 43 year old relationship with the EU. All the potential symbolism for this time is detailed under ‘June 11th’, above. It was extraordinary to hold a referendum of any kind, no matter how you were voting, under a mutable Grand Cross, in particular with Mercury square to Neptune. This suggests that people were confused, uncertain, pulled one way and another, and that there was much ‘misinformation’, and the prevailing Saturn square Neptune of ‘what is true and what is not’, did not help a clear picture as people voted on such a complex issue. True to the symbolism, much chaos has resulted since this vote, with the British Prime Minister resigning and the opposition leader facing a vote of no confidence. The legal and constitutional issues are highly complex, so we may be facing many weeks or even months of ‘flux’ before things become clearer. Sagittarius rules the law; Saturn here square to Neptune in Pisces suggests the confusion around these legal and constitutional issues. By November, the Saturn-Neptune square will have dissolved, and Saturn will be training Uranus, a much more stable aspect.

June 27th: Turmoil on the financial markets continued today after the UK Brexit, with the British pound falling to a 31 year low http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36628919. This reflects the high degree of mutability, flux and chaos which now has a financial manifestation.

June 28th: Suicide bombers attack Ataturk airport in Istanbul with guns and bombs, leaving 10 dead and many injured, as Mars becomes stationary direct (therefore very strong) in awkward aspect to Uranus, Eris, in Aries; eruptive, sudden, violent, and shocking events http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36658187. The transiting Saturn/Pluto midpoint (destruction, grief, depression) is at the Aries Point, throwing out these emotions onto the world stage.

July 2016

July will be a very emotional month, as in early July, around the time of the New Moon in Cancer, we have 7 planets (including Chiron) in water signs, and 4 in Cancer. Water represents feelings, so we may be feeling particularly emotional in early July. Cancer represents the past, feeling sentimental about things, it is the sign closely linked to history and heritage. Cancer is linked to the home, and also homeland. So for people in the UK particularly, this can play both ways; those who wanted to remain in the EU may be feeling emotional about what is lost, whereas those who voted to leave may have a strong sense of English nationalism, a pride in their homeland.

What all this mutability of the planets in 2016 tends to do is to break up old patterns, and following on from the Uranus-Pluto square (which is still widely operational) there is a sense of challenging many institutions, authorities, and structures. This is a great opportunity to create your own reality, whether you like what has happened this week or not. Even seismic political changes like this do not have to dictate our happiness, one way or the other. Ideally, we need to reach a state of equanimity, so that we react equally and calmly to whatever happens in the outside world. We are so much more powerful than we realise, and if we can use astrology to help us see the way and create the life we want, then we have the planets ‘at our back’. Use mindfulness, meditation, breathing, being in nature, listening to music, or whatever helps you to find your spiritual centre and connectedness.

For all of July, but most strongly in the first half, we have a very positive trine between Jupiter at 17-18 degrees Virgo, and Pluto at 16 Capricorn, so if you have any planets or angles between 16-18 degrees of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), you may notice extra recognition, success, abundance and opportunity coming your way.

Talking of feelings running high, be particularly careful around any issues of anger and frustration coming up in the few days either side of June 29th. Mars, currently retrograde, goes stationary direct that day, and its symbolism of aggression and anger may be closer to the surface than normal. Step back, try not to even think angry thoughts, use breathing techniques, practice mindfulness, be in nature, meditate, listen to music, anything that will diffuse feelings of intensity. For the next four weeks Mars is in an awkward aspect to Uranus and Eris in Aries, which Mars rules. The Moon joins Uranus and Eris in Aries on the 29th, the day that Mars is stationary, so be very aware of any explosive feelings that day. Generally over the whole of July watch for angry or frustrated feelings coming up, try not to act impetuously. Watch our public figures for this kind of behaviour too.

The good news about Mars moving direct is that most of us will feel a pick-up in energy, particularly if you have the Ascendant, Midheaven, Sun or Moon in Aries or Scorpio. While Mars was moving retrograde, it may have been hard to focus your energy and get projects moving, but now you may feel you have not only more energy, but also clarity, vigour and focus. If you have any planets or angles around 23 Scorpio, this end of June/early July period may feel like a relaunch for you, where you step into a higher level of power and confidence.

Think of Mars retrograde like an arrow being pulled back in a bow, and finally, on the 29th, it is released with a lot of power. Initially Mars moves slowly, staying around 23-24 Scorpio through July, but it gathers speed, and by August 21st moves beyond its ‘shadow period’. This is 8 Sagittarius, the degree to which it had previously advanced before it began to move retrograde, and this will give it even more energy. You can move forwards with projects now.

The New Moon is at 12 degrees 53 minutes of Cancer, and happens on the 4th July at 4am PST and 12 noon UK time. The Sun and Moon are always together at a New Moon, and are conjunct Venus too; this is about loving feelings, particularly shared with family and those close to you. However, these planets are opposed by Pluto, the planet of power. So we may see some intense power struggles in the first two weeks of July, which can be on the public stage, or in your own relationships. From the 4th July, Venus is in a T-square with Uranus, Eris and Pluto, so this is about power, control, manipulation and intensity in relationships. You may feel your partner has too much power and control, but it keeps you in a familiar known place, whereas another side of you may yearn for freedom, adventure, and stepping out into the individual that you are. Venus is replaced in this T-square by Mercury, and this can bring brilliant original thinking, together with deep insightful thinking; it can be excellent for problem solving. The Sun then replaces Mercury, and highlights the Uranus-Pluto square until July 20th. So Venus, Mercury and the Sun are all ‘pulling’ the Uranus-Pluto square back into highlight, and Eris is now part of the picture too, being conjunct Uranus in Aries. Anyone who has planets or angles between 16-24 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) will be likely to feel this. In the world, this is likely to be continuing challenge to big corporation, institutions, and governments, authoritative structures that are felt to be too controlling or stifling to individual freedom.

Personally, see where 13 Cancer falls in your birthchart, and set a new intention for that area of life, where you would like to focus a new beginning for yourself. This may include a new emotional (Cancer) habit you would like to develop, releasing any old patterns from the past (Cancer is associated with the past) that no longer serve you.

There is also a beautiful Grand Trine in water from the 4th-20th July. This is between Mars at 23 Scorpio, Chiron at 25 Pisces, and initially Venus, then Mercury, then the Sun forming the third corner of the trine. If you have any planets or angles around 23-25 degrees of the water signs you may feel this strongly. This can bring profound healing, deep emotional healing, to things which you may have struggled with for a long time, that may be connected to repressed emotion. The more I work with Chiron the more I see the meaning of a transformational shift of perspective that brings about the healing. It is using our mind and emotions in a clear, directed way, to release the past. To me, this is using our power in the way that epigenetics has made clear, that we can heal any illness (see Dr Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief if you are unfamiliar with these new scientific findings). Chiron’s orbit is erratic, weaving a connection between Saturn’s orbit (3D) and that of Uranus (4D); if we can get to that higher perception, we can release the stuckness and solidity of any 3D condition.

The mutable Grand Cross has broken up now, leaving only the Saturn square Neptune aspect  for July. All the meanings of this I have written and spoken about at length; making real the dream; truth versus non-truth; walls and borders going up, or coming down. Refer to previous newsletters and videos for much more on that.

Then we have the Full Moon at 27 degrees 40 Capricorn on July 19th, at 3.56pm PST, and 11.56pm UK time. The Sun and Moon oppose each other, as always at a Full Moon, and are tightly both square to Uranus and Eris in Aries. This feels intense, urgent, and there is always a feeling with Uranus of time speeding up, things needing to be done very quickly. The Uranus/Eris symbolism of radical shake-up and break-up continues, with many sudden and disruptive events to challenge the status quo. It feels as if we have to react very quickly to circumstances. The deeper meaning is that institutions and ways of being that are ‘fossilised’ and no longer serve us are being challenged, to allow us greater freedom as individuals.  You may want to go on an adventure, take a risk, do something different, you don’t want to continue as you have been. A Full Moon is always a culmination, something coming to fruition or completion, so it may be that the results of your/our collective actions become clear. This is what has been achieved, and the Full Moon reveals the results. This may concern your work (Capricorn) personal life (Cancer) balance. See where 27 Capricorn falls in your birthchart, and see how in manifests in that area of life for you. If you don’t know where it falls, just check out the tutorial videos link below, and you can purchase my two-part video series which clearly and simply explains how you can find these points in your chart, and as you track these aspects though the months and years of your life, you start to see how astrology unfolds in your life, and it becomes a very exciting journey of self-discovery.

On July 29th, Uranus becomes stationary at 24 degrees 30 before starting to move retrograde. Remember the symbolism will be highlighted that day, so freedom, independence, and revolutionary upsurges may come to the fore then, both personally and collectively. Uranus operates in the 4th dimension, and can connect it to our superconscious, and higher states of being. Uranus is linked to intensity, which is likely to continue through July.

I feel strongly that we are challenged to dig deeper to find our own centre, daily practice and spiritual anchor, so that whatever dramatic happenings are occurring in the world, we can keep our own emotional equilibrium. If we get caught up in the grief, fear and chaos, we only attract more of it into our lives. We create our own reality. The benefit of astrology in acting like a cosmic weather forecast is that it not only helps us make sense of the prevailing planetary patterns, but use them for the highest good. Astrology determines the pattern, but our consciousness determines the level at which it will manifest.

“The highest force in existence is consciousness, and you are that.”

                                    Sadhguru

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June 2016 Newsletter – Opening to Wisdom

May Review

May 1st: Over 30 lions have been rescued from circuses in South America and flown back to a sanctuary in South Africa by Animal Defenders International http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-36157483. This is a great example of what was anticipated with Jupiter in Virgo, increased concern for animal welfare, and a recognition with this shift in consciousness that we are experiencing that all living beings are connected. There is sanctity to all life (Neptune in Pisces), and much greater compassion for animals.

May 1st: A scandal has erupted in the UK Labour Party, when the ex-mayor of London made some very derogatory remarks about Jewish people. This is an example of Jupiter square to Saturn in Sagittarius, linked to strong judgements and intolerance relating to religious beliefs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36177333.

May 2nd: Puerto Rico defaults. We are still experiencing the Uranus-Pluto square, with shocks (Uranus) relating to debt and default (Pluto) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03s6sss.

May 5th: President Obama speaks about the lead in water scandal which occurred in Flint Michigan, but also talks about how several other areas of the US have very high lead levels in the water. This reflects the Saturn (the planet linked to lead) square to Neptune in Pisces (representing water). Both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces are linked to pollution in water. Dr Mercola reports: “For instance, while nearly 5 percent of children in Flint tested positive for elevated lead levels, 8.5 percent of children in Pennsylvania have elevated lead levels, as do 6.7 percent in parts of New York State, and 20 percent in Detroit. In the U.S. as a whole, more than half a million children between the ages of 1 and 5 suffer from lead poisoning.”

May 6th: Sontaya the abused elephant is released to the wild. Yet another example of increased concern for animal welfare, with Jupiter in Virgo https://www.thedodo.com/sontaya-elephant-thailand-1774192238.html.

May 6th: US authorities have discovered a huge drug money-laundering operation run by a prominent family in Panama http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36218993. This reflects the Uranus-Pluto square, shining a light on corporate corruption. Pluto represents underhand, criminal activity, particularly relating to wealthy individuals and financial companies.

May 9th: Venezuela is in economic crisis, with public sector workers being told to only go to work two days a week, and extensive electricity (Uranus) cuts (Pluto). There are shortages of basic supplies, and Venezuela is nearing bankruptcy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36228104. The street protests agains the government reflect the still-operational Uranus square Pluto which we have seen in many other countries, and Pluto in Capricorn represents debt and default of big institutions and even countries.

May 10th: Homes are being built in places like Nigeria with plastic (Neptune) bottles. Saturn is the planet linked to construction, and it is squaring Neptune. These houses are bullet-proof, fire-proof and earthquake-proof. This also reflects Jupiter in Virgo, making practical use of plastic waste http://www.criticalcactus.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-houses/.

May 10th: Efforts to impeach the Brazilian President Dilma Russoff have plunged the country into chaos. Interestingly, both the President’s chart (South Node, one’s undoing) and the country’s Sun are at 23 degrees Scorpio. This is the degree point being activated by Mars when it retrogrades finally to that point at the end of June. It is very common for the birthchart of a leader of a country to link very precisely with the chart of the country; there is a resonance between them. Again, it is linked to Uranus square to Pluto, shining a light on corruption, as the President is accused of dishonesty with the country’s finances. Pluto represents governments.

May 11th: This oil spill of 90,000 gallons began 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana. It was caused by a leak (Neptune) in a pipeline (Saturn), causing the oil spill (Neptune) into the sea (Neptune in Pisces) http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/tunedin/90000-gallons-of-oil-spilled-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-last-week-and-no-one-is-talking-about-it/vi-BBtfBrK?ocid=sf. Strangely there appears to be no mainstream media coverage on this; Neptune represents news media, and the square from Saturn can block, or limit, this news.

May 14th: Many thousands of football fans were evacuated from the Old Trafford football stadium in Manchester, UK, when a bomb was found in a toilet on site. It was subsequently found to be a dummy training device, left by accident after the last training event at the stadium. This is being referred to as a ‘fiasco’. What is real and what is not, as reflected in Saturn in Sagittarius (sport) square to Neptune.

May 16th: After many petitions, the Nepalese government had decided to end the centuries-old slaughter of animals at the Gadhimai annual festival, and replace it with a ‘celebration of life’ http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/nepal-ends-worlds-largest-animal-sacrifice-event-gadhimai.php. This reflects Jupiter in Virgo, greater concern for animal welfare, and Neptune in Pisces, greater sensitivity to the sanctity of all life and its interconnectedness.

May 18th: Prisons in the UK are becoming out of control through overcrowding. Prisons astrologically are symbolised by Pisces, and Neptune is square to Saturn (authorities, confinement) and the third leg of the T-square is Jupiter, representing excess, too many. Neptune in Pisces also symbolises the drugs (Neptune) that are available in prison; therefore leaks (Neptune) in the security (Saturn), and failing (Neptune) discipline (Saturn).

May 18th: This You Tube video shows protesters attacking police cars in Paris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT8bdk2Y6G8. This reflects the Uranus-Pluto square of sudden, disruptive and violent events, but also the tight conjunction between Uranus and Eris in Aries, both planets of disruption and chaos. This is the first time they have been conjunct since 1927 in the assertive sign of Aries.

May 19th: A wonderful idea developed by a brewery that can make 6 pack rings from wheat and barley, instead of plastic. This stops pollution and marine life becoming entangled in the plastic rings, and offers food for such life instead. This reflects Saturn (taking responsibility for) square to Neptune in Pisces (plastic pollution in the seas), as well as Jupiter in Virgo (doing something practical to clean up the Earth).

May 19th: The US accuses China of aggressive fly-bys of a US reconnaissance plane in supposedly international waters http://sputniknews.com/asia/20160519/1039928878/south-china-sea-flyby.html. China has become more and more aggressive in defending this territory in the South China Sea which it is assuming as its own. This reflects the Saturn square Neptune in Pisces symbolism of ‘authority’ and territorial divisions of the sea.

May 19th: As we built towards the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 21st, when Mars will be tightly conjunct the Moon in Sagittarius, a combustible combination, an Egyptian plane fell into the Mediterranean Sea after an apparent fire on board. Uranus and Eris are tightly conjunct in Aries, another fire sign, with the planets’ symbolism both linked to sudden disruptive and chaotic events. Sagittarius is the sign most linked to flight.

May 20th: Again reflecting the combustible symbolism of the Full Moon above, and armed man was shot by secret service personnel when found in the grounds of the White House in Washington DC. Mars in Sagittarius is linked to firearms, and Uranus and Eris are tightly conjunct in Aries.

May 21st: On the day of the Full Moon, with the symbolism as above, the extreme right wing Casa Pound movement in Italy protested violently against the EU’s refugee policy: https://www.rt.com/news/343912-rome-protest-migrants-casa/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome.

May 21st: The United Nations reports a dramatic increase in plastic (Neptune) microbeads (Jupiter in Virgo, the tiny) being found in fish, which we then consume http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/microplastics-microbeads-ocean-sea-serious-health-risks-united-nations-warns-a7041036.html. Jupiter opposing Neptune suggests this dramatic increase.

May 23rd: There is a call from Greenpeace to get the UK government to ban (Saturn) plastic (Neptune) microbeads (Jupiter in Virgo=the very tiny) that are in many cosmetics and cleaning products, as they end up in our oceans (Neptune in Pisces). This reflects the Saturn square to Neptune in Pisces square to Jupiter in Virgo T-square.

May 24th: There is a strike today in France (Saturn square to Neptune, withdrawal of labour), and eight oil (Neptune) refineries are being blockaded (Saturn), causing petrol (Neptune) shortages (Saturn).

May 24th: This is a beautiful example of Saturn square Neptune. On some pavements (Saturn) in Boston, there are secret (Neptune) poems (Neptune in Pisces) which you can only see when it rains (Neptune in Pisces). Sometimes I have to chuckle at how astrological symbolism unfolds so precisely.

May 29th: Over the last few days, over 700 migrants have drowned off the coast of Libya http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36408029. As mentioned in previous newsletters, the migrant crisis is very linked to the Saturn in Sagittarius (borders, territorial divisions linked to religious issues, rules about foreigners and migrants) square to Neptune in Pisces (the homeless, destitute, refugees, and those lost and drowned at sea). 18 Albanians have also been rescued just off the Kent coast, UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36407685. The UK authorities (Saturn) are concerned about migrants (Sagittarius) entering the UK by sea (Neptune in Pisces). They say the coastline is an open border for migrants (Neptune=dissolves, Saturn=borders).

May 30th: 23 athletes including 8 Russians have failed drug retests after the 2012 Olympics http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/36406586. This reflects Saturn (authorities) in Sagittarius (athletics, sport, Sagittarius rules the thighs), square to Neptune in Pisces (drugs, doping, keeping things hidden, deception).

June 2016

For the first 4 days of June we have the continuing Grand Trine in Earth, between Jupiter at 14 degrees Virgo, Pluto at 17 degrees Capricorn, and Mercury at 17-20 degrees of Taurus. If you have any planets or angles between 13-17 degrees of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), you will be likely to feel the benefit of this. It may have already through May have brought in success, abundance, recognition, and new opportunities for you, depending on where these planets fall in your birthchart. These potential benefits continue for the first four days of June.

All 2016, but particularly in June, we have a lot of ‘mutabilty’, that is, many planets in mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). At the New Moon in Gemini on the 4-5th June, we have 7 planets (including Chiron) in mutable signs, plus the North Node in Virgo. This means that we are likely to see a lot of fast moving change, and flux, though June. You may feel very busy, and have to be fast on your feet, to respond to changing circumstances, which seem to be taking you one way and then another. You may feel that your energy is a little scattered, that you are pulled in different directions. This could be from external events, but also your own inner urges may be taking you in different directions. You may at one moment want to play, but realise you have to work; or be more adventurous and creative, but then feel the need to play safe. Jupiter square Saturn is part of this changeability, which could mean that we swing between optimism and pessismism. The square between Saturn and Neptune, which I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters, is about what is true and what is not; what is real, and what is not; what can I trust, and what not? It creates a feeling of shifting sands, and perhaps things that you thought were enduring or permanent in your life, seem to be slipping away.

In addition to this, Uranus is tightly conjunct Eris in Aries, which until recently we had not had since 1927. This also emphasises fast-moving change. Uranus always speeds things up, and can bring sudden personal awakenings, and opportunties, but at time sudden disruptions.

So on a superficial level, it can feel as if there is a lot of ‘churn’ on the surface. That is why it will be very important to find a place of stillness, whether you achieve that through meditation, ‘earthing’ (sitting with your feet on the grass connecting to the Earth – see www.groundology.com), being creative, or even using the Mindfulness technique of taking a breath, stepping back, and imagining whatever is unfolding in your life s if you were watching a character in a play. This can really help to give perspective on a situation, and diffuse any intense energy. Venus is in aspect to Pluto at this New Moon, which could bring some intense feelings around relationship and power.

So however you achieve it, it will be important to find a place of stillness that you can easily return to. This is because the New Moon at 14 degrees 53 Gemini which is happening at 7.59pm PST on 4th June, and 3.59am on the 5th UK time, is part of a Mutable Grand Cross, where we have several planets pulling in different directions. We have Jupiter in Virgo square to Saturn in Sagittarius, which is square to Neptune in Pisces, and Neptune and Jupiter are square to the Sun, Moon and Venus in Gemini. Mutability can be very creative, as it helps us to see things from different points of view, and there is a strong feeling of expanded consciousness with this New Moon.

Jupiter is square to the Sun, Moon and Venus in Gemini, and Gemini is about our perception. So this can give us ‘expanded perception’. Not only that, but Neptune is square to the Sun, Moon and Venus too, bringing an ethereal, spiritual quality, a divinity, to the energy. Neptune is slowing down dramatically now, barely moving towards its stationary point in the heavens at 12 degrees Pisces on the 13th. Whenever a planet is stationary its symbolism is magnified, and Neptune also stays within a degree of this stationary point until mid-August. Its symbolism is linked to healing, miracles, unconditional love and consciousness. As Jupiter is opposing Neptune at the New Moon, this is about expanding our consciousness. A New Moon in Gemini is about new information coming in to us, and interestingly this Mutable Grand Cross exactly aspects The Great Attractor at 14 degrees Sagittarius. The Great Attractor is a mysterious point in space, around which many hundreds of thousands of galaxies and the Milky Way (our own galaxy) are spinning and being drawn towards at great speed. It also emits enormous amounts of cosmic material: http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2016/02/solved-the-great-attractor-mystery-hundreds-of-previously-unknown-galaxies-discovered-hidden-behind-.html. The Mutable Grand Cross, including the New Moon at 14 degrees Gemini, exactly line up with this point in space, and it offers the potential of new, high level information (Gemini) coming into our consciousness. The New Moon is also sandwiched between two Full Moons in Sagittarius, representing wisdom. There is a strong sense of higher vibration consciousness becoming available to us. You may particularly feel this if you have any planets or angles between 12-17 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).

Another important aspect of this New Moon is that the Sun and Moon are tightly conjunct to Venus, planet of love, in Gemini. So the message here is to have ‘loving thoughts’ and speak with loving words, and be conscious of this. Venus is squared by Neptune, which represents the higher octave of Venus, unconditional love. So we need to shift from the mind (Gemini) to the heart, from the head to a feeling of unconditional love in all we do in our day-to-day lives (Gemini). From research we know that the heart sends more information to the brain than the brain does to the heart, so it has an intelligence all of its own. Cultivating stillness will help us tap into this. There is a strong feeling of the opportunity to shift our consciousness to a higher level at this Mutable Grand Cross.

As there is so much mutability at this time, the strong astrological message is to relax control on your life, particularly if you have a lot of fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) in your chart. Just relinquish control and go with the flow, and see how you can open up to opportunities this month. The New Moon in Gemini is all about the mind and our thinking, but it is now known that 90% of the thoughts we think are the same as the ones we thought yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that . . . so it is hard to bring in new opportunities in life when our thinking stays the same. This is because our thoughts are electrical impulses, which produce our emotions which are magnetic waves, and together they form our vibrational level; this will determine our outer reality, just as we can only receive a radio station when we are tuned to that particular frequency. If we don’t open ourselves to benefit from this New Moon, new beginning, in our thinking, we may miss opportunities for bigger and better things to come into our lives. It all begins with our thinking. Where does 14 degrees 53 Gemini fall in your birth chart? As well as new thinking, what other new beginning is highlighted for you? Here is my You Tube video for the New Moon: https://youtu.be/HamCaXZn_SQ.

Astrology is a language of meaning based on planetary symbolism and geometry. What is particularly interesting in June is that the New Moon in Gemini and the Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 20th are geometrically aligned with powerful points out in space. At the New Moon, the Mutable Grand Cross is aligned with The Great Attractor, as outlined above, and at the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are aligned with the Galactic Centre, another incredibly powerful vortex of energy, which emits a high level of cosmic material and information. Gemini is about new information, and Sagittarius is the sign of expanded consciousness, and also about the power of beliefs. So the New Moon in Gemini is occurring between two Full Moons in Sagittarius (remember we had one on 21st May), and because of their alignments to these powerful places in the cosmos, there is a strong sense of our consciousness being raised. It may at times feel chaotic on a surface level, but know that the raising of our consciousness is the deeper purpose at this time.

There is also a continuing emphasis on finding a way to offer service to the world, and purification. This is both cleaning up the Earth (examples above, linked to Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo), and in purifying our own bodies so we are better able to receive the new information coming in for us.

Astrology has evolved over the last 6,000 years with new discoveries in the cosmos. In ancient times, before the invention of the telescope, people could only perceive as far as Saturn, which could be seen with the naked eye. However, with each astronomical discovery, there is synchronicity in terms of the unfolding events at the time, relevant to the symbolism of each planet. Therefore at the discovery of Uranus in 1781, the planet of revolution and awakening, there were major revolutions across the world; in Europe, France particularly, and in America. It began a period of scientific invention, including the development of electricity, all connected to Uranian symbolism. When Neptune was discovered in 1846, this was the beginning of the Spiritualist movement, as Neptune is linked to ‘altered states’. It saw the beginning of photography and film, as well as non-sectarian religions. At Pluto’s discovery in 1931, we had the splitting of the atom (think Plutonium); also depth psychology with Sigmund Freud, which transformed (another Pluto word!) how we saw individual’s psychology. Then in 1979 we discovered the asteroid Chiron, since which time there has been the spread and greater understanding of alternative healing such as homeopathy, herbalism, and energy healing of various kinds, which Chiron represents. In each case much more could be said, but suffice to say that when planets are discovered, their symbolism always begins to be seen in the world.

The reason I am sharing this with you is that we are now discovering much more out in the cosmos. When these planets, asteroids and powerful vortices are found, they then gradually become part of our consciousness. As above, so below. As our awareness and astronomical understanding expands, there is a correlation with our level of consciousness. As the discoveries have been extensive recently, via the Hubble telescope and developments at CERN, we have a historic opportunity to shift level.

We have a second Full Moon at 29 degrees 32 Sagittarius, at 4.02am PST, and 12.02pm UK time. When you have two Full Moons occurring in the same sign, one after another, it is known as a ‘blue Moon’. Sagittarius is the sign of wisdom, and the degree point of this Full Moon is known as the ‘Aries Point’. When planets fall there, developments are particularly important for the world. Also, as mentioned above, this Full Moon is conjunct the Galactic Centre, so for the whole of June, the astrology feels powerfully evolutionary.

Mercury in Gemini continues the Mutable Grand Cross with Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter tightly conjunct the North Node in Virgo (suggesting a focus on our destiny), and Saturn in Sagittarius. All the same messages apply at this continuing Grand Cross as noted above for the New Moon; the only difference is we now have the Sun and Mercury at the fourth corner of the Cross, as opposed to the Sun, Moon and Venus. We are still being encouraged to think big, successfully, abundantly, but also compassionately (Mercury square to Neptune). This can be a highly creative time too, as Mercury square to Neptune stimulates the imagination.

Less than 12 hours after this Full Moon, we have the Summer Solstice as the Sun enters Cancer, considered by the ancient peoples as being a powerful energetic portal, and this proximity to the Full Moon increases its potency. This is a great time to meditate and be open to what is coming through as new information for you.

Full Moons are always cycles of completion, culmination or closure; they can also reveal something that you were unaware of, to help you move forwards. Where does 29 degrees Sagittarius fall in your birth chart?

Chiron stations at 25 degrees 15 Pisces on June 27th, and will move retrograde until December 1st. This will help us to go inwards on any healing that needs to be done, and can help us shift our perspective to a higher level. Mars continues retrograde until June 29th, when it will station at 23 degrees Scorpio. Watch for any deep anger yourself, which needs to be released, and watch for any ‘Martian’ events happening in the world (aggression). If you have your Sun, Ascendant or Midheaven close to 23 degrees Scorpio, this could be a significant time of personal ‘relaunch’ for you, starting to project a more confident new identity.

“With our thoughts we make the world.” Buddha

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May 2016 Newsletter – An Opportunity for Grounding

April Review

April 1st: Swiss authorities have ruled that homeopathy should be treated with equal status to other conventional medicine with regard to insurance claims:http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/complementary-therapies_swiss-to-recognise-homeopathy-as-legitimate-medicine/42053830. A wonderful example of Jupiter in Virgo, as increased recognition for alternative medicine. Virgo is also connected to the ‘tiny’, that is, almost undetectable amounts of a substance in the remedy, as it works by vibration.

April 3rd: The UK government has ordered an investigation into the UK Anti-Doping Agency for failing to be aware of a London doctor, Dr Mark Bonar, who claims to have prescribed banned performance enhancing drugs for 150 top athletes http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/35952566. This reflects the Saturn in Sagittarius (athletics authorities) square to Neptune (drugs, deception, covert).

April 3rd: We anticipated that the Saturn-Neptune square would involve the revealing of secrets (as above), things that people would prefer to keep hidden. A spectacular example of this is that a Panama law firm(Saturn in Sagittarius) called Mossack Fonseca has had 11 million confidential documents leaked about its clients offshore, and in many cases illegal, financial dealings http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-35918844. Jupiter, the planet of wealth, is in a tight T-square to the Saturn-Neptune square. Neptune, as above, represents secrets and deception, covert activity, that the square to Saturn has now uncovered. The Saturn-Neptune square also is associated with scandals involving world leaders, and issues of trust. As we approach the New Moon in Aries, the Sun and Moon are both highlighting the Uranus-Pluto square. One of the major themes of this aspect has been shining a light on corruption and covert dealings concerning large institutions and powerful individuals.  Pluto is the planet associated with taxes, but also with underhand, criminal activity. More to be revealed, no doubt.

April 3rd: Yet another brilliant scheme to rid the world of plastic rubbish http://ecowatch.com/2016/04/01/plastic-whale/. This is linked to the square of Saturn-Neptune in Pisces, taking responsibility for the plastics/pollution in the seas, and also the Jupiter in Virgo symbolism of cleaning up the Earth, but also making something useful (Virgo) out of the plastic waste.

April 5th: Thousands demonstrated against the Prime Minister of Iceland in the capital yesterday, after it was discovered that he was an investor with Mossack Fonseca (see above) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35966412. This is another example of Uranus square Pluto, the people protesting against their Prime Minister, who they perceive to have been underhand in his financial dealings at a time when Iceland was going bankrupt. The Icelandic Prime Minister has been forced to resign in the face of such enormous protest.

April 6th: India has declared that dolphins are ‘non-human persons’, and has banned dolphin shows http://www.ewao.com/a/india-declares-dolphins-to-be-non-human-persons-dolphin-shows-banned/. This is another wonderful example of Jupiter in Virgo, where we anticipated greater concern for animal welfare, and consequent changes.

April 9th: The Archbishop of Canterbury in the UK has just discovered that the husband of his mother, and the man he believed to be his father, was not his biological father. His mother had a ‘liaison’ with another man just before she married, and the result of that liaison has been proven by DNA tests to be the Archbishop’s real father. This perfectly reflects the symbolism of Saturn (the father) square to Neptune (mysteries surrounding, things not being clear, hidden secrets).

April 9th: 17 schools in Scotland are being closed indefinitely as they have been discovered to have structural (Saturn) weaknesses (Neptune) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-36001065.

April 9th and 10th: As the Sun was exactly conjunct Uranus and square to Pluto, therefore highlighting the Uranus-Pluto square, three developments over these two days exactly reflected the eruptive, violent, sudden, threatening potential of this symbolism, which can involve loss of life. Firstly, North Korea tested a new missile engine which theoretically can mean their missiles can reach America http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03psbcf. Secondly, over 100 people were killed in an Indian temple with explosions that were triggered by fireworks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-36009016. Thirdly, there was a large 6.6 magnitude earthquake on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, with many injured http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36009407.

April 10th: Following the Panama Papers scandal (Neptune) unfolding a few days ago, we now have another manifestation of these same aspects mentioned above here in the UK with David Cameron, who has now published his own tax return, thus ‘shining a light’, being ‘transparent’ (Uranus) about his tax issues (Pluto is the planet linked to taxes) in order to prove that he has not been deceptive (Neptune) or underhand (Pluto). This is also clearly linked to the Saturn-Neptune-Jupiter T-square; issues of trust to do with our leaders, which involve wealth and taxes.

April 12th: As a result of the Panama Papers scandal, the EU is considering forcing large companies to disclose their tax returns, amidst a call for ‘greater transparency’ (Uranus) in the taxes (Pluto) of big corporations (Pluto) who may be hiding their true profit status.

April 12th: Although ‘The Truth about Cancer’ 9 part documentary was originally released in 2015, I am posting it again here as it is being offered for free viewing https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com. Everyone should see this series, whether they have cancer or not, or know someone who does. It is a shining example of how the Uranus-Pluto square is operating not just in the financial world, as above, but also in the medical paradigm. It is shining the light of truth (Uranus) as the title suggests, on another powerful institution, the pharmaceutical and medical industry. You may find the contents shocking (Uranus), but I cannot recommend this highly enough. This series alone not only challenges but may seriously erode the authority of the medical establishment, and the ‘medical fascism’ that exists in some parts of the world.

April 13th: A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar on the Indian border http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/myanmar-earthquake-termors-delhi-kolkata-guwahati-patna/. This reflects the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, sudden, violent, eruptive and powerful energy that can involve loss of life.

April 14th: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit southern Japan, but was followed on the 15th by a much bigger 7.3 magnitude shock. This released 30 times as much energy as the the first one http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36059487, and was the worst earthquake in 100 years. This reflects the eruptive, sudden, shocking energy of the Uranus-Pluto square, which often leads to loss of life, but it also reflects that Mars and Pluto (a powerful release of energy) both coming to a stationary position, which magnifies their symbolism. Exact on the 14th, the Sun was conjunct Uranus and Eris in Aries, which is associated with violent disruption and chaos. Almost a quarter of a million people have been told to evacuate.

April 14th: Two Russian jets flew within 30 feet of a US ship in the Baltic Sea http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36050689. This was described by US authorities as highly aggressive action, reflecting the same symbolism as the example above.

April 14th: Reflecting the symbolism of Jupiter in Virgo, cleaning up the planet, and Saturn square Neptune, taking responsibility for the oceans (Neptune) and cleaning up plastic (Neptune), a 19 year old has invented a way of ridding the Earth’s oceans of plastic waste. It goes into practice this year in the seas around Japan.

April 17th: A huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit just off the northern coast of Equador, with 350 people killed so far. This reflects the same symbolism as the Japanese earthquake above, and the earthquake has happened exactly on the day when Mars is stationary, emphasising violent events.

April 18th: The government in Brazil voted to begin impeachment proceedings for the President, as she has been underhanded in manipulating the nation’s finances to make the economy look better (Uranus-Pluto square). The three men would could logically step into her position are themselves all being investigated for corruption.

April 21st: There appears to be voter suppression or election fraud taking place in some US states, according to the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carbonatedtv/63500-purged-of-voter-reg_b_9724284.html. In Brooklyn alone, over 63,000 voters have been unable to vote, and a lawsuit about voter suppression is under way. Again, this suggests something nefarious or deceptive (Neptune) by some authority figures (Saturn), or the sheer weight of bureaucracy (Saturn) is part of this problem. Others in the media have said that this is a fake story. What is real and what is not (Saturn square Neptune)?

April 21st: Fascinating newsclip about the potential involvement of some prominent Saudis with the hijackers of 9/11: https://www.facebook.com/BenSwannRealityCheck/videos/1102373009827648/?pnref=story. Symbolism of Uranus square Pluto, shining a light on underhand criminal activity, and unveiling secrets, Saturn square Neptune.

April 22nd: VW has more than doubled its provision for the emissions scandal to €16.2 billion, and other manufacturers are being investigated: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36112333. This reflects the symbolism as above. Neptune is particularly connected with emissions, as well as deception.

April 25th: A wonderful plastic-eating Amazonian mushroom has been discovered, that can metabolise polyurethane, and completely digest it. This can be a brilliant way to get rid of much household waste. This reflects the Saturn-Neptune square, taking responsibility for plastic waste, and also Jupiter and and North Node in Virgo: cleaning up the Earth http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a13548/fungi-mutarium-plastic-eating-mushrooms-17613821/.

April 26th: Another example of Uranus shining the light of truth on Plutonian cover-ups by big institutions, and of course Saturn square Neptune, where a former head of the Federal Drug Administration minimised the potential lethal effects of an antibiotic in order to benefit corporate shares: (Neptune=pharmaceuticals, deception, and Saturn=authority figures): https://wddty.com/news/2016/04/former-fda-head-faces-charges-that-she-downplayed-lethal-effects-of-antibiotic.html.

May 2016

The Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square continues all month. One of the obvious areas of manifestation is international agreements. Jupiter in Virgo expands the details or ‘small print’, whereas Saturn constricts the big issues (Sagittarius) around laws or policies. Neptune in its negative expression confuses, makes things unclear and foggy, however idealistic the original intent. Therefore discussions on any international agreement, whether it is the migrant crisis in Europe or the UK EU referendum (should the UK stay in the EU), may become confused and muddled. The potential for ‘slippage’ and lack of clarity in agreements is high through May. Big issues aren’t clearly expressed, but fine detail may be debated endlessly with this configuration.  The US election may manifest these potentials too. Through June, which will be discussed in the next newsletter, we have a Mutable Grand Cross when things could become ‘all over the place’, and quite chaotic.

This T-square is linked to issues of personal truth. Sagittarius is associated with religious and belief systems, and they will continue to be highlighted this month. The migrant crisis being linked to the Saturn-Neptune square has been discussed in previous newsletters; Saturn in Sagittarius is linked to foreigners and migrants who may be of different religion, Saturn is associated with policies and regulations to try and control this situation, and Saturn of course is the planet most associated with boundaries, walls, territorial divisions. Neptune in Pisces represents compassion and idealism (the German Chancellor has this prominently in the career area of her chart), and is also linked to the homeless, the destitute, refugees, and those lost at sea.

Personally, particularly with so many planets in mutable signs all this year, it’s important to be flexible and not too set in your plans.  Also try to simplify life, so you feel you can travel lightly through whatever life offers. A very important part of the picture this year is to have a strong daily spiritual practice, so in the flux of life we always have a clear, grounded centre to return to, that acts as our anchor.

Although technically the Uranus-Pluto square is separating now, its influence will still be felt for some months, and it is powerful as we have seen in the examples above. It shines the light of truth on corruption and underhand activities, particularly concerning the powerful and wealthy, and powerful institutions. The financial industry, the medical industry, and the agricultural industry and the political system are certainly under some major scrutiny in various respects, at least on social media. Although the the Uranus-Pluto square will no longer be exact, Uranus will be exactly conjunct dwarf planet Eris, the Goddess of Chaos, through May and June. This has not happened since 1927, and Eris is like an extreme version of Uranus. So we will still see shake-ups, challenges to the system, and situations where things appear chaotic; the institutions that have always been pillars of society seem to be cracking at the seams. This, however, all has purpose, to break down what we are outgrowing, and shift us to a higher level of consciousness.

As well as the above, we enter May with five planets retrograde: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. Try to regularly be in ‘receive’ mode, rather than always initiating. Listen to that inner voice, whether it is in meditation, listening to music, being creative, or being in nature. It is certainly an excellent time for introspection, and examining areas of your life such as how you act to achieve your goals, and whether your life structure is supportive in reaching those. 2016 is a great year for determining what is true for you (Saturn in Sagittarius squaring Jupiter), how you can live more authentically, and how you can simplify your life to focus on those things you value. This is particularly important as there are likely to be strong opinions, often judgemental statements, coming from powerful people (I’m thinking here about the US election, and the EU referendum in the UK). This is a challenge to become your own authority, following your own truth.

This strong sense of flux is moving to a peak in June, and together with so many retrograde planets and particularly Mars retrograde, think less about achievement, success, labels and titles. Less about what you can point to externally as success, and more about an inward feeling of contentment, of savouring experiences (the New Moon in Taurus will help us with this), and living in the present moment, rather than driving onwards in a high energy way. Go inward, concentrate on inner shifts, and significant healing of old wounds can take place now. The inner work now will enable you to move forwards more clearly and more lightly, particularly from the end of June when Mars goes direct. Be happy to live in a different ‘mode’ for a while, and constantly ask of any relationship, situation or experience, ‘is this loving to me?’

In terms of more clearly identifying what we value, we are helped in May by several planets moving into Taurus, the sign of values. This can also help to give us a greater feeling of groundedness and stability, in a year which is likely to have a lot of change and flux, with all the mutable planets. What do we really value? What are our dreams? What makes your heart sing? What supports our own feeling of self-worth? What makes you feel closest to your centre? Are we spending enough time in our lives reflecting our value system, or does what we value tend to be squeezed out in the hubbub of our lives? Taurus is connected to the Earth, and as often as you can connecting physically with the Earth with bare feet (see groundology.com) can bring wonderful health benefits, very quickly.

We have a beautiful Grand Trine in Earth continuing all month, continuing from April. This is between Jupiter in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn, and various planets come in to form the third corner of this trine through the month. Firstly we have a New Moon at 16 degrees 41 Taurus on May 6th, at 12.29pm PST and 8.29pm UK time. The Sun and Moon, always together at a New Moon, will form this Grand Trine with Jupiter and Pluto. The Sun and Moon are replaced by Mercury from 12th to the end of the month, and Venus is also competing the trine from the 10-13th. Therefore if you have any planets between 13-17 degrees of the Earth signs, this can bring many benefits. Look particularly at where Jupiter is falling in your chart at 13 degrees Virgo; that is the main area for expansion. This Grand Trine can bring opportunities, success, abundance, growth, recognition, and material success too. It is an aspect of empowerment, so look also to where Pluto is transiting at 17 degrees Capricorn in your chart.

Just before this New Moon, on the 4th and 5th of May, the Moon conjuncts Uranus  and Eris in Aries and is square to Pluto. This shines a light on this powerful, eruptive aspect which has done so much over the last 4 years to break us through to a new way of being. Be aware of your feelings, an urge towards individuality and freedom, that may come to you then. It is an excellent time to consider what intention you would like to set for the new beginning with the New Moon on the 6th. See where 17 Taurus falls in your chart, this is the area of life where the new beginning is likely to occur. This New Moon is also a SuperMoon, the third of the year, where the Moon is very close to the Earth in its orbit, and therefore we will feel it more powerfully in our energy.

Saturn at 14 degrees Sagittarius is conjunct the Great Attractor all month, particularly from the 7-21st, the mysterious vortex around which many galaxies spin, and which emits enormous amounts of cosmic radiation. It is believed that this can accelerate our evolution and raise our frequency. On May 9th we have a Mercury eclipse, when Mercury moves across the face of the Sun. This is a rare occurrence that only happens a few times each century, last occurring in 2006. Also on May 9th, Jupiter moves direct at 13 Virgo 15. This will enable us to put into practice any improved work habits and efficiencies we may have developed while Jupiter was retrograde. Thus May 9th is a powerful day, and particularly if you have anything around 13 degrees Virgo, you may have have insights into your destiny, downloads of information that are inspiring you to move forwards. Try to be alert to any signs or signals around that time. Whenever a planet stations, as Jupiter will on the 9th, its symbolism of wisdom and abundance, a sense of interconnectedness, will be amplified.

The on May 21st we have a Full Moon at 1 degree 13 Sagittarius, exact at 2.14pm PST, and 10.14pm UK time. Mars retrograde is tightly conjunct the Moon at this Full Moon, and Venus in Taurus is conjunct the Sun. This can create a tension between anger and assertion on one hand, and peace on the other. Venus in Taurus conjunct the Sun represents peace and contentment, and Mars conjunct the Moon, both in Sagittarius, a fire sign, can feel agitated and restless, wanting action. Mars is directly opposing the Sun, and at its closest point to the Earth on the 22nd, so it is likely to be strongly felt. We may see religious beliefs, almost an evangelistic crusade, coming to the fore; it can be religious extremism or fundamentalism being felt more strongly, even becoming more militaristic. Powerful, bombastic opinions and judgements may be expressed at this time (the Moon and Mars in Sagittarius are connected to aggressive judgements, opinions and intolerance). Remember though that Mars is still retrograde, so this is best used to stay peaceful and receptive, and consider what represents the truth for you (Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius). In the flux of events, what represents your spiritual centre? What is at the core of your being, that truly defines who you are? This Full Moon asks us to think deeply about this, following a reassessment of your values (New Moon in Taurus) earlier this month.

Particularly around this Full Moon in Sagittarius, you may feel the ‘mutability’ strongly, and be even more pulled in various directions. Part of you may want to go and play, have fun, be light, and another part of you feels the need to be responsible and to work. One part of you may want to take a break and go on holiday, the other side of you may want to hunker down and be alone to process your inner work. One part of you may want to take more risks, while another part of you wants to pull back and stay safe. You may feel more indecisive than ever before, particularly if you have a mutable emphasis in your birth chart (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces), but you may feel this even if you have a lot of fixity (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) and can normally stick to a course of action. You will feel much more changeable than normal. You may swing between optimism and pessimism. Don’t fret over this. Recognise that this is a time for inner work, and watch the smoke and mirrors and rapid shifts in the outer world, knowing that all is being shaken up to help us shift to a higher frequency, as we are ultimately moving towards a unified consciousness. So step back, breathe, and watch how the astrology unfolds in the outer world without getting caught up in it. We will have to rely more on our inner resources than our outer ones at this time. We should aim to reach a state of equanimity, so we remain undisturbed emotionally, whatever is happening in the outer world. May and June will certainly be opportunities to test out how well we can do this!

Finally, Mercury moves from retrograde to direct on the 22nd May at 14 Taurus, continuing its part in the Grand Trine in Earth.

“God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.”        

                                    Paul Dirac

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Newsletter April 2016 – The Energy Changes

March Review

March 2nd: An earthquake of 7.9 magnitude occurred just off the coast of Indonesia; this is linked to the Uranus-Pluto square, an eruptive explosive energy.

March 3rd: A wonderful example of how Adidas is helping to clean up the ocean pollution to produce something useful http://www.boredpanda.com/recycled-fish-net-ocean-trash-sneakers-adidas/.  This reflects the Saturn square Neptune in Pisces symbolism (Saturn=taking responsibility for, Neptune in Pisces=the seas), together with Jupiter in Virgo (cleaning up the planet and making something useful=Virgo).

March 7th: 300 migrants have drowned this year so far in crossing by sea from Turkey to Greece. This tragic, desperate situation is linked to the ongoing symbolism between Saturn in Sagittarius (foreigners) square to Neptune in Pisces (migrants, refugees, those lost at sea). Saturn also represents borders and territorial boundaries, such as those between Macedonia and Greece, and other borders which are now shut to migrants, such as those of Hungary and Austria. The policies, regulations (Saturn) around this issue continue to be confused and unclear (Neptune).

March 8th: Martina Sharapova admitted taking a drug that has been on the banned list since January http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35751916. This reflects the symbolism of the sporting authorities (Saturn in Sagittarius, Saturn=authorities, Sagittarius=athletics) square to Neptune in Pisces (drugs, medicines, deception).

March 8th: The recently agreed plan for Turkey to return migrants arriving from Greece may contravene international law http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35754738. This is again reflects the Saturn-Neptune square; Saturn=policies, regulations, in this case concerning foreigners (Sagittarius), migrants, and Neptune=slippage, confusion, things not being clear, concerning the homeless and destitute.

March 9th: Macedonia has now closed its border with Greece to migrants wanting to travel further into Europe http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35763101. Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia have also restricted access to migrants, blocking to Balkan route to western Europe. The symbolism of Saturn square to Neptune is the same as above.

March 14th: The ‘Seabin’ has been invented, which sucks plastics and oil (Neptune) out of the sea (Neptune in Pisces). It acts like a fish tank filter connected to a pump, and is highly effective in clearing an area of rubbish. Another wonderful example not only of Saturn square Neptune, but also Jupiter in Virgo, cleaning up the planet.

March 14th: In local elections in Germany, the hardline right wing anti-migrant party the AfD made substantial gains, putting Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party under pressure for their current asylum policy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35802844. The AfD uses slogans such as ‘secure our borders’ and ‘stop the asylum chaos’. This reflects the square of Saturn in Sagittarius to Neptune in Pisces, as discussed above, and also the continuing Uranus-Pluto square (rebellions against mainstream parties, revolutionary mood).

March 14th: In the US Presidential race, the Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders has called Donald Trump a ‘pathological liar’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-35801214. The race for the White House is becoming increasingly volatile and violent at Mr Trump’s rallies, a reflection of the Uranus-Pluto square (anti-status quo). Mr Trump has Mars conjunct his Leo Ascendant in his natal chart, a combative, aggressive ‘king’/aspiring leader of the Republican Party.

March 15th: Wonderful news, New Zealand has declared all animals as sentient beings http://vbetweenthelines.com/index.php/2016/03/11/new-zealand-officially-recognized-animals-sentient-beings-huge. This reflects Jupiter in Virgo, greater concern for animal welfare.

March 18th: Anyone living in the UK will have witnessed how fast the Chancellor’s Budget delivered on March 16th was unravelled within two days, with proposed welfare cuts being withdrawn. This is a clear example of the mutability we have this year, things that appear one day to be certain ‘policy’ (Saturn) can quickly unravel on the grounds of compassion (Neptune in Pisces).

March 19th: Istanbul has been hit by another suicide bomber attack, this time killing 4 people http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35850625. There have been a series of suicide bomber attacks on Turkey, both from the Kurdish terrorist group the PKK and also IS. This not only reflects the continuing Uranus-Pluto square (violent, eruptive, sudden and shocking events that are associated with loss of life and extremism), but also is reflecting the instability of the area, linked to the high number of planets in mutable signs at this time. At the Spring Equinox on this day, looking at the astrocartography, Pluto is on the Ascendant in Turkey (planet of death and transformation).

March 19th: In Brazil, where the Uranus-Pluto square is angular (thus likely to manifest strongly in this geography), tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets to support the President who is threatened with impeachment http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-35848210. The Uranus-Pluto square is associated with uprisings and riots, and large numbers of people protesting against the authorities.

March 21st: An illegal vaccination ring is uncovered in China, which may have accounted for many deaths and disabilities http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-35859927. Neptune in Pisces is associated with drugs, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and deception. Saturn square to Neptune is associated with the authorities punishing such practice.

March 22nd: There were devastating attacks by suicide bombers at Brussels airport and a metro station, with so far 36 people dead and many injured http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35869254.  Astrologically we have the Lunar Eclipse (endings, people being eclipsed) the next day, 23rd, but also Uranus is conjunct the asteroid Eris, both in Aries, the sign of the warrior. In myth Eris is known as the ‘Goddess of Chaos’, so similar to a super-charged Uranus in its potential. This conjunction is exact through much of this year, particularly May, June, September and October. At the time of the attacks, the Uranus-Pluto square was angular in the chart for Brussels, thus amplifying the eruptive, shocking, potential loss of life of this aspect. Horrific.

March 22nd: A Professor in Australia has developed a machine using nanotechnology, which could lead to highly targeted drugs for cancer treatment http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-35818311. This is associated with not only the Uranus-Pluto square, linked to new medical breakthroughs, but also Jupiter in Virgo promotes those developments of the ‘tiny’, such as in nanotechnology.

March 25th: Zero-emission wave electricity generators being used in Australia http://www.ewao.com/a/australia-first-to-receive-electricity-using-zero-emission-wave-energy-generators/. Here we are looking at a combination of Neptune in Pisces, associated with the sea, and the Uranus-Pluto square, linked to new inventions. Pluto is the planet of power, Uranus is associated with electricity.

March 27th: A Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility for the deaths of 70 people in Pakistan, and that they had deliberately targeted Christians celebrating Easter http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35910124.  This reflects the Saturn in Sagittarius symbolism of religious intolerance.

March 29th: A plane flying from Cairo was apparently hijacked by a man declaring he was wearing a suicide belt. The plane was diverted under his instructions to Cyprus, and for some hours it remained unclear whether the suicide belt was real or fake (Saturn square Neptune=what is clear and what is not, and Saturn is in Sagittarius, the sign associated with flight).

April 2016

For most of 2016, we continue to have a high degree of ‘mutability’ in the heavens, where we have many planets in mutable signs. This means that there is likely to be a lot of change as we go through the year. Whatever you plan may suddenly need to be revised quickly, things that we thought were permanent or at least long-term in our lives may dissolve (Saturn-Neptune square). Therefore we need to be flexible and open in our attitude. Just know that this dexterity is part of the picture in 2016.

The Uranus-Pluto square is still operational, and we can see its manifestations in many of the examples above. Pluto is about power structures, institutions and governments, and about the abuse of power. Uranus shines a light on this, and demands greater equality and openness, and will protest against such abuse, destabilising them in order to bring about radical change. It is connected to breakdown and breakthrough, both individually and globally. Many astrologers believe that we will continue to feel this aspect right up to 2020, by which time the astrology will be looking very different. 2020 will be a powerful new beginning in society in many ways.

After the dreamy blissfulness of much of March, when we had many planets in Pisces, particularly around the Solar Eclipse on the 9th, we will begin to feel new energy coming in in April. This is much more action-oriented, reflected in the New Moon at 18 degrees 04 Aries on April 7th at 4.23am PST, and 12.23pm UK time.  You will be likely to feel this strongly if you have any planets or angles between 15-21 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn). This is a high energy New Moon, partly because it is a SuperMoon, the second of six this year, when the Moon is very close to the Earth in its orbit, and therefore exerts a stronger gravitational and electromagnetic pull on the Earth. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the warrior, the pioneer, and the goal setter and achiever.

This New Moon is strengthened not only as it is a SuperMoon, but also because the Sun and Moon are conjunct Uranus and square to Pluto, thus shining a light on the Uranus-Pluto square, and all that we have been discussing above. The Sun is highlighting this aspect from April 6-9th, and is it likely to feel intense. This can provide a surging desire for newness in your life, depending on where this New Moon falls in your chart. Is it in your 10th house of career, and you suddenly know it is time to change what you are doing? Is in it your 11th house, and you may want to revise your friendship groups, particularly after any changes that occurred around the Lunar Eclipse on  March 23rd?

At this New Moon, Mars at 8 degrees Sagittarius is widely conjunct Saturn at 16 Sagittarius, and they are both in a T-square to Jupiter at 15 Virgo, and Neptune at 11 Pisces. The Jupiter-Neptune side of this encourages us to think big, have big dreams and visions, wide horizons, and feel very idealistic, whereas Saturn keeps us grounded and pragmatic. This can help to make real our dreams, and remind us of what is achievable. Keep your vision high. On a mundane level, the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square has been strongly associated with the migrant crisis (see examples above in the March review), and Mars in Sagittarius coming in to join this configuration suggests more anger, frustration, restlessness, and even violence coming into this tragic picture. Sagittarius always has associations with foreigners, and religious beliefs. My personal view is that this situation is one of such complexity that an energetic solution may be the most effective (ie global meditations, which have in the past reduced violence in areas of the world), rather than a logical one in which many nations are attempting to co-ordinate across many countries, with all of the legal ramifications of this (Sagittarius=legalities).

Another possible manifestation of the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square is international agreements of various kinds starting to unravel or be undermined (Neptune), or have legal or practical problems (Saturn in Sagittarius). These can be linked to the migrant crisis, the EU referendum in the UK, and even important US agreements with other countries may encounter obstacles.

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is inspiring, and reflects the vigour and desire for newness and breakthroughs described above. It is a ‘magic carpet that hovers over the depression of industrial areas’. This has a sense of seeing the bigger picture (Jupiter-Neptune) of where our life may have become stale, and what we can do to invigorate it. It has a sense of being able to shift to a higher spiritual perspective, and see challenges and problems differently. Don’t forget that New Moons are the perfect time to set a new intention for what you would like to manifest in the coming month.

All of the above suggest an impatience, a desire to move forwards with vigour, and no longer tolerate any area in life that is stuck or has become routine. The area where 18 degrees Aries falls in your chart will indicate the area that will come under question, where you may have been operating in the same way a little too long, and it’s familiar, but it’s not exciting. You will want a shake-up now, and Aries is happy to go it alone too, not necessarily needing social approval. Mars, ruler of Aries, is also in the fire sign of Sagittarius, wanting action. This can make you feel restless and even impulsive.

However, what complicates the picture slightly is that on April 17th Mars goes retrograde at 8 degrees Sagittarius, and stays retrograde until June 29th, by which time it has moved back to 23 degrees Scorpio. This may be felt particularly by people who have an Aries or Scorpio emphasis (especially if you have an Sun or Ascendant around 23 Scorpio). When a planet is stationary, its symbolism is magnified, and this is the case on April 17th when Mars is stationary, and also the next day, April 18th, when Pluto is stationary before moving retrograde too. Therefore the 17th and 18th are days when anger, aggression, assertiveness, underhand criminal activity, and issues concerning power and power structures may all come to the fore. If Mars at 8 degrees Sagittarius and Pluto at 17 Capricorn are aspecting anything in your birthchart, you may have strong emotions at this time, but beware of any frustration and angry feelings that seem to come from nowhere. Think before you act, as Mars in a fire sign has a tendency to do the opposite.

Mars from the point it moves retrograde on the 17th until the end of April is conjunct one of the four Royal Stars of Persia, called Antares. Antares is linked to dramatic world affairs, and Mars coming to conjunct it for the second half of April is likely to intensify and inflame issues; it is also often linked to changes in leadership. The Moon comes to conjunct Antares on April 25th, shining a light on issues that may come to prominence from the 17th onwards.

Pluto went from retrograde to direct last September 25th 2015; think back as to what changes you have made since then (for instance, if it is in your 2nd house of money, have you experienced or initiated changes in your financial situation, or have your values changed?). You may be starting to review these changes again as Pluto goes retrograde on April 18th. See which house in your birthchart transiting Pluto falls for you, as this will give you insight as to which areas are going through deep change.  Also this may be linked to the Eclipses which occurred last September, which tend to last 6 months in their effect, that is until March 2016; Pluto moving retrograde now can help to integrate the recent March 2016 Eclipses too.

When Mars is retrograde, which happens every two years, the desire to act and change things as we outlined above is pulled back somewhat. It becomes a time to be more introspective, particularly looking at how you feel and deal with anger, in yourself and from others, and how you go about doing things; do you rush at them for instance, then not finish properly? Can you act in a more constructive way? It may make you think about your self-motivation, or whether you tend to procrastinate. So it is best used to think about the way you act, and save any major new project until June 29th when Mars moves direct again at 23 Scorpio. If you have a planet or particularly your Ascendant or Midheaven at around 20-26 Scorpio, this can be a major time of rethinking your identity and projection to the world, and your direction. So this can be quite a complex time from April 17th, wanting to rush again as suggested by the New Moon in Aries, then needing to, or having to pull back and rethink things, before a major push again at the end of June. It can have a feeling of push/pull; do you push forwards or pull back and rethink your strategy first? Mars retrograde is an excellent time to rework your goals, your sense of purpose, and your course of action, to revise your strategy and what you want to achieve, before moving forwards fully at the end of June. Try to see this period not as one of frustration and delay, but as a productive period of deeper thinking about what you want to achieve and how, and then launch with more clarity at the end of June. Mars retrograde is not a perfect time to initiate, or get into a fight, legal or otherwise. Try and initiate new projects in the first half of April, before the retrograde begins.

It is worth noting in the astrocartography that Mars is angular, therefore likely to manifest strongly at or about April 17th, in Turkey and Syria.

From the 14-20th of the month, Mercury moves from 13 to 20 degrees Taurus, forming a beautiful Grand Trine in Earth with Jupiter at 13-14 degrees Virgo, and Pluto at 17 degrees Capricorn. This can bring abundance, success, achievement, leadership and optimism into your life, depending on where these planets fall in your birthchart. If you don’t know, it would be very useful for you to purchase my tutorial videos, which which explain this very clearly, and can be used forever, and for any update I ever do: https://gumroad.com/l/FHjOZ. For instance, if you have an Ascendant in early Sagittarius, you are likely to have transiting Pluto in the second house of money and self-worth, transiting Mercury in the 6th house of work routine (and health), and Jupiter in the 10th house of career and life path. This is likely to be particularly successful for you in your work, with more money coming in, and could also represent deep healing for you too. The meaning of this Grand Earth Trine will have the general meaning described above, but also have more specific individual meaning depending on where it falls in your chart.

From April 19-23rd, Venus in Aries joins Uranus and squares Pluto, thus highlighting the Uranus-Pluto square again. Venus is linked to currencies, so we may see some big swings in those around these days, but personally we may also be feeling intense, extreme emotions, particularly around issues of originality, independence and freedom, and worldly achievement versus familiar security.

Then we have a Full Moon at 2 degrees 30 Scorpio on April 21st at 10.23pm PST, and 6.23am UK time. This is always a time of completion, fruition, and/closure, depending on where this is falling in your chart. Full Moons often bring with them a lot of emotion, we feel full of feeling, and this may be particularly the case as Scorpio is an intense water sign, where feelings go deep, and may have been repressed for a long time. Where is this shining a light for you? Particularly with a Scorpio Full Moon, long-buried secrets may be revealed, which can help you move forwards. It can bring emotional issues to resolution, and completion or closure. Remember that a Full Moon can also be very productive in bringing things to fruition which you may have worked for, and this is particularly the case if it falls in your 10th house, as that is your career house.

Overall, the energy in April is action-oriented and intense, with some fast moving changes taking place. It will be particularly important to have a spiritual practice, and keep grounded and centered throughout the month. Remember that this high degree of mutability continues all year, which together with Saturn square Neptune can suggest that things you believed were stable, long-term and even permanent can shift or change quite quickly; hence the need to have our own sense of centre to guide us through.

“There is a force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”

                                                                    Mahatma Gandhi

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March 2016 Newsletter – Two Powerful Eclipses

February 2016 Review

February 1st: The World Health Organisation declared the Zika virus a global health emergency. We anticipated the fast spread of such viruses, as Neptune in Pisces has no boundaries, and it is associated with viruses and epidemics, particularly those connected with water. The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos  from stagnant water. Both Chiron in Pisces (a water sign), and Saturn square Neptune in Pisces both signify polluted water. Saturn and Neptune in combination can be associated with ill health.

February 6th: There was a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan, with 20 people killed. Earthquakes are linked to Uranus-Pluto aspects, as it is an eruptive explosive energy.

February 6th: 35,000 Syrian migrants are gathered on the Syrian-Turkish border, but Turkey is currently refusing to let them in. The Prime Minister has said he does not want ‘Christian Europe’ to be overwhelmed with these migrants. This as I have written before is very much linked to the Saturn-Neptune square. Saturn is linked to borders, boundaries, territorial divisions, rules and regulations, and in Sagittarius is associated with foreigners, migrants and religious issues. Neptune is the homeless, the destitute, and refugees.

February 6th: Protests erupt in various European cities, such as Prague, against the mass influx of migrants. The symbolism is the same as above, plus the Uranus-Pluto square is about the people rising up in protest against the government.  It can be associated with violence, and there have been attacks against the migrants in several European countries, particularly Germany and France.

February 6th: As the Sun came to square Mars, god of war, together with the Uranus-Pluto square, North Korea launched a long-range rocket, to much international protest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35515572. This is being seen as a disguised test of a long-range nuclear warhead.

February 8th: Today it was announced that China’s currency reserves plunged by $99.5 million in January, in an effort to stabilise their currency, the yuan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35516054. This is linked to Venus in conjunction to Pluto and square to Uranus. Venus is associated with value, and currency, and Pluto and particularly Uranus bring intensity, unpredictability, and big swings into the picture.

February 9th: North Korea started up its plutonium nuclear reactor today. This is linked to the symbolism of the Uranus-Pluto square (think uranium and plutonium).

February 10th: The junior doctors challenge to the government in the UK reached another peak today with a further 24 hour strike, as they don’t wish to accept the new employment contract that the government wishes to impose. This is linked to the Saturn-Neptune square, as Neptune is linked to the healing professions, and Saturn is linked to government, control, regulations, contracts etc. Jupiter in Virgo is often linked to workers’ ( also Virgo=medicine) rights, and Jupiter is opposing Chiron now. This suggests a time when workers can feel undervalued by the government.

February 11th:  Announced as the discovery of the century, US scientists have detected gravitational waves believed to be linked to the origin of the universe, first predicted by Einstein. New discoveries of this nature, a new understanding of our reality, are very linked to the Uranus-Pluto square (Columbus discovering the Earth wasn’t flat, first Man on the Moon, etc at previous Uranus-Pluto aspects) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35524440. It was described as a ‘new window on the universe’, and will bring a new understanding of how our world works.

February 11th: An environmental group in the UK has been lobbying the government to ban plastic (Neptune) microbeads in cosmetics (Neptune) and toothpaste which end up polluting (Neptune) our seas (Neptune in Pisces). They are calling for new legislation (Saturn) to address this. Another manifestation of the Saturn-Neptune square.

February 12th: GlaxoSmithKline the pharmaceutical (Neptune) company (Saturn) has been fined (authority of the courts) over $3 million for bribing (Neptune) doctors in the US to prescribe drugs (Neptune), some for children, that are inappropriate or even unsafe. This is raising issues of trust, which we anticipated would be manifesting in many ways this year.

February 12th: The Huffington Post reports that a 21 year old man has invented a simple system of quickly cleaning up the Earth’s oceans (Neptune) of plastic (Neptune) rubbish https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostGreen/?fref=nf. Well worth watching. This reflects the Saturn-Neptune square, and Jupiter in Virgo (cleaning up) opposing Chiron in Pisces (polluted seas).

February 16th GlaxoSmithKline has been fined £37.6 million for bribing competitors (Merck and Generics UK) to delay the launches of their competitive product to GSK’s antidepressant Seroxat: https://wddty.com/news/2016/02/gsk-fined-for-blocking-antidepressant-rivals.html. GSK had paid their rivals over £50 million to delay their product launches. Here we have another big issue of trust and deception (Neptune) raised with big corporation (Saturn), and interestingly a pharmaceutical (Neptune) company. Saturn also represents authorities fining GSK for this underhand (Neptune) activity.

February 16th: Similarly, some supposedly independent experts who influence which cancer drugs receive clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, are in the pay of the pharmaceutical (Neptune) companies (Saturn), but have tried to keep it secret (Neptune). During Saturn square to Neptune aspect which we have now, this is often a time when such deceit is revealed. Interesting again that it concerns pharmaceuticals, the realm of Neptune. https://wddty.com/news/2016/02/independent-cancer-drug-assessors-paid-by-big-pharma.html.

February 17th: China has now established ground-to-air missiles on the disputed Paracels islands in the South China Sea, and is claiming territorial ownership of them. This reflects the Saturn-Neptune square again; territorial division and authority (Saturn) over part of a largely maritime area (Neptune=sea).  Neptune also represents the confusion that is arising over these claims http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13748349.

February 17th: RAF jets were scrambled today as two Russian bombers flew very close to UK airspace. This reflects the Uranus-Pluto square, associated with threats and sudden disruptive events. Uranus is the planet most associated with aviation.

February 17th: Pope Francis said, presumably referring to Donald Trump: “People who build walls, wherever they are, and not bridges, are not Christian”. This reflects the symbolism of Saturn (walls) against foreigners (Sagittarius), square to Neptune (Christianity, oneness of all).

February 21st: A Facebook post made me aware of a website an organisation is using plastic pollution from seas and rivers to benefit disadvantaged people http://socialplastic.org. A brilliant scheme, not only reflecting Jupiter in Virgo (cleaning up the planet), but also Saturn square to Neptune in Pisces (taking responsibility for pollution in water), to help the disadvantaged (Neptune).

February 22nd: Over 10 million people in Delhi, over half the population, have been without water for 4 days http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-35627819. The high caste Jat community is said to have damaged the canal supplying much of Delhi’s water, in order to get inclusion in lower caste quotas for jobs. This is an obvious manifestation of Saturn (shortages, lack of) water (Neptune in Pisces), that has come about because of religious caste divisions (Saturn in Sagittarius).

February 22nd: A Huffington Post film appeared today,  that is about placing sculptures at the bottom of the oceans to clean up our seas and help to regenerate damaged areas: https://www.facebook.com/pam.gregory.775/posts/1027603217263024. This is another manifestation of Jupiter in Virgo, cleaning up the planet, but also Saturn (tangible heavy things like walls, stone, and rocks) square to Neptune in Pisces (pollution in the seas). Wonderful example.

February 26th: Christians fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan (convert to Islam or be killed), are being jailed as they enter Thailand http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35654804. Again another example of migrants (Neptune) fleeing religious intolerance (Saturn in Sagittarius).

February 26th: A Greek minister said that his country will no longer be a ‘warehouse for souls’ as Greece’s migrant camps overflow, due to other countries such as Austria and Macedonia closing their borders. Greece is criticising EU policy on confused (Neptune) regulations and policies (Saturn) for migrants (Saturn in Sagittarius=foreign migrants). On February 29th, the Macedonian police sprayed migrants and refugees with tear gas (Neptune) as they tried to get through the fence at the Greece-Macedonia border (Saturn=borders).

February 28th: A referendum was held in Switzerland, with the motion put forward by the right-wind Swiss People’s Party, that foreigners should be expelled from the country for minor crimes. This is amidst rising concern about the number of immigrants entering the country. Symbolism as above.

February 28th: The Oscars have been dubbed #oscarssowhite as no black actors were nominated again this year. The objections to this reflect the Uranus-Pluto symbolism. Historically these aspects have been about a greater demand for equality; in the mid-60s when we had a Uranus-Pluto conjunction, there were many protest movements in the form of gay rights, Black power, women’s rights and Women’s Liberation.

March 2016

March has many planets in mutable signs: the Sun in Pisces, Mercury and Venus in Pisces from the 5th, Mars moves into Sagittarius on the 6th, Jupiter is in Virgo all month, and Saturn is in Sagittarius. Neptune and Chiron remain in Pisces long  term. We are building from now towards a mutable Grand Cross in June. There is a scarcity of planets in fixed signs this month, and fixity gives stability. Mutability is chameleon-like; we have to be flexible, dextrous, fast on our feet, situations personally and globally can change very quickly, and it can give the feeling of superficial busy-ness that we have to deal with. However, this month with the Eclipses, deeper energies of change are building. It is very important not only this month but all through 2016 to stay grounded. Be barefoot on the Earth, be in nature, be aware of being in your body, and have a regular spiritual practice which you can aways return to as your spiritual compass.

The mutable T-square between Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune which will continue until the end of June can have several manifestations. Jupiter and Neptune can give a feeling of idealism, of high vision and possibility, and Saturn can help us to ground it, and make it real. Another potential for this T-square is that you have had an idea or dream (Jupiter-Neptune) for some time, but it has been delayed (Saturn), or you have struggled with it (Saturn), or even that it is getting in the way (blockage=Saturn) of something bigger and better. Therefore if you can be completely open and let go of expectations, you may find that a bigger and better idea, or even event, manifests during the March Eclipse season.

March has two powerful Eclipses, one a Total Solar Eclipse, the only one of the year, followed later in the month by a partial Lunar Eclipse. Eclipses can bring us to crossroads of change in our lives. We also have the Spring Equinox on March 19-20th.

Firstly, the Solar Eclipse at 18 Pisces 55 is on the 8th at 5.54pm PST, and at 1.54am on the 9th UK time. This is a Total Solar Eclipse, with the totality largely over Indonesia and the Western Pacific, and it is also our first SuperMoon of the year, meaning that the Moon is very close to the Earth in its orbit. Both of these factors strengthen the power of this Solar Eclipse. This Eclipse will be triggering similar parts of your birthchart to the Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees Virgo on the 13th September at last year; what was happening for you then? Were there outer changes (depending where 20 degrees Virgo falls in your chart) in your life, new beginnings of some kind? Or was it more a process of deciding what was important for you, a significant re-priorisation of elements in your life? Watch the Solar Eclipse this March, to see if there is a theme emerging, and if you can make connections. The geometry links the two Eclipses, because 20 Virgo=20 degrees of the mutable signs, and the Solar Eclipse in March is at almost 19 degrees of the mutable signs (Pisces).

Three days before any New Moon, but this is particularly marked at a Solar Eclipse, we have the ‘balsamic phase’ of the Moon. If we equated the month to 24 hours, this would represent the 2 hours before dawn. This is always a very intuitive and reflective time, it may be harder to sleep, and you may feel a little more spacey, but it allows you to be tuned into subtle energies. Sensitive people feel this strongly. It’s a great time to consider what seeds you want to plant at this New Moon, in this case a very powerful Solar Eclipse. You may also be thinking back to what you have achieved over the last 6 months since the last Solar Eclipse, and whether you want to build on that.

Eclipses are like wild cards, and at a Solar Eclipse when the light and radiation from the Sun is temporarily blocked, then appears again, it is as if we are rebooted or jump-started. A Solar Eclipse can only occur at a New Moon, so it can represent a significant new beginning in the area of life where they fall. It can change our level of awareness, our consciousness, and as a result opportunities can suddenly appear out of the blue, which feel exciting and fast-moving. See where 18 degrees 55 Pisces falls in your birthchart, which area of life, so you can anticipate where changes may occur. If this is aspecting a planet or angle, more than one area of life is likely to be affected. Eclipses are powerful, particularly this one as a Total SuperMoon Eclipse, and it may bring with it strong tides and extreme weather, as the definition of a SuperMoon is when the Moon is closer to the Earth in its orbit and therefore exerts a stronger gravitational and electromagnetic pull.

There is a very strong Piscean emphasis at this Solar Eclipse; we have the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, Chiron, and the South Node all in Pisces. When I think of Pisces, the word that always comes to mind is surrender. Surrender the old baggage, old ways of being, old habits that no longer serve you, to a higher intelligence who knows better than you do. Give it all up. This message is emphasised by Chiron being conjunct not only the Sun and Moon, but also the South Node, which represents the past, where we have come from. Chiron can represent old wounds, but also the potential for healing and wholeness. It is only by completely surrendering, forgiving, and having compassion for yourself that true healing can occur; you give up the old in order to create space to make room for the new, the new beginning that this Solar Eclipse promises. This message is emphasised again by Jupiter in Virgo (creating space clearing in all areas of your life, including energetically) which is opposite Chiron and the South Node, thus expanding the need to give up anything from the past that gets in the way of your complete healing and moving forwards to new opportunities.

What will help us as well at the Solar Eclipse is that Jupiter is in aspect to Uranus; this can give us sudden insights, revelations, connect us to a super-conscious perception, and we may suddenly see things from a different point of view or be able to see old things in new ways. It can change our view of situations very rapidly, which is linked to a shift in awareness. It can give a sense of liberation. The continuing background of the Uranus-Pluto square helps this.

Pisces is associated with intuition, higher guidance, dreams, creativity, consciousness, healing, and miracles. Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces reinforces these links, and boosts our imagination, and a feeling of connecting to Source or higher intelligence. This has nothing to do with the mental function, it is all about connecting intuitively in your dreams, your mediation, or continually feeling that sense of spiritual connection though your days. I frequently ask a question of my dreams as I am falling asleep at night; ‘show me what I need to know about abc’, or ‘show me my next step’. So often within a couple of nights you will get a sometimes surprising answer; keeping a dream journal will help your recall, and building toward the Solar Eclipse is a wonderful time to do this.

Jupiter conjunct the North Node, which we have had throughout February, will help to expand our horizons and possibilities too. March is likely to be a significant time of change, of endings and beginnings for many people. You may experience certain people and situations being ‘eclipsed’ from your life.

This Eclipse has a mystical, other-worldly feel about it, and what makes it feel even more mysterious is that many planets at the Eclipse (Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Nodal axis, and Uranus) are linked to a point in space called the Great Attractor, which is found at 17 degrees of Sagittarius. This contains a huge amount of cosmic and electromagnetic radiation, and exerts a massive gravitational pull on the many galaxies which spin around it, like a vortex of energy. This increases the sense that if your chart has any planet or angle within 14-20 degrees of the mutables (ie 3 degrees either way of 17 Sagittarius), you may be more likely to feel swept along by events at this Eclipse. However, the Great Attractor can also give great focus; so whether an idea or plan you want to pursue was already conscious, or whether it will appear during the period of influence of the Eclipse, it can give you single minded focus on it. The period of influence of Eclipses is up to two weeks before and up to six months after the exact date, but the closer to exactitude the more likely you are to experience these changes.

Jupiter square Saturn throughout March, exact on the 23rd, and although these represent principles of expansion (Jupiter) and contraction (Saturn), they can both help what is manifesting at the Eclipses. Jupiter can bring wisdom and reason to the experiences, and Saturn can help a sense of reality, and encourage us to put work into our vision. Neptune is making a T-square with Jupiter and Saturn, and on the one hand this can bring imagination and inspiration into what we may want to achieve. In the world, Jupiter opposing Neptune has been linked to the ever-increasing (Jupiter=expansion) number of refugees (Neptune in Pisces) moving across Europe. A previous Jupiter-Neptune opposition was at the time of the evacuation of Jewish children from Germany in the 1930s with ‘Kindertransport’. Saturn in Sagittarius is linked to foreigners and religious intolerance, and the T-square is likely to heighten confused and rapidly changing policies and borders across the EU. The Sun in Pisces ‘translates’ this T-square, and gives us a glimpse of how it may manifest, from 1-8th March.

Then on March 19th at 9.30pm PST, and 5.30am UK time, we have the Spring Equinox when the Sun enters Aries. At this point we still have a large number of planets in mutable signs, and the Equinox tends to set the tone for the next three months. So the tone is likely to be fast-moving and changeable. If we look at the astrocartography for the Equinox, Mars is angular across parts of the east coast of the US, and the Uranus-Pluto square is angular in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Potentially this is a volatile, eruptive energy, which is likely to manifest in these areas.

The proximity of the Spring Equinox to the Lunar Eclipse, only four days apart, strengthens the Lunar Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse is super-big Full Moon, and therefore a cycle of completion, culmination or closure. This is at 3 degrees 17 Libra, and it happens on the 23rd March at 5am PST and 12 noon UK time. See where 3 degrees Libra falls in your chart, as Full Moons can often shine a light and reveal something in that area of life too. For instance, if it falls in your 11th house of friends, groups and networks, will something be revealed there that causes you to reassess these, and even change direction? Will some people or circumstances be ‘eclipsed’ in your life at this time? Also think back to September 27th 2015 when the Lunar Eclipse then at 4 degrees 40 Aries was aspecting the same planets and angles in your chart. What was happening then? If you can make a link between that Eclipse and the one arriving on March 23rd, you will start to see patterns unfolding in your life.

This Lunar Eclipse at 3 degrees Libra, with the Moon in Libra and the Sun in Aries, this is likely to raise issues around relationship. Aries=me, and Libra=us. Is the balance right in your relationships, or are you having to compromise too much? The Sun, Mercury and Uranus are all in Aries, encouraging us to want to strike out on our own more, and be independent and free. This Lunar Eclipse may bring up a lot of emotion, always common at a Full Moon, but we will also be more aware of the mental faculty than at the Solar Eclipse, as Mercury is tightly conjunct the Sun. Mercury also represents friends in our life, and it is interesting that the Sabian symbol for the Moon at 4 degrees Libra speaks of: “A group of young people sits in spiritual communion; the necessity to unite with kindred spirits as one enters unbeaten paths illuminated by the still-insecure light of a dawning intuition of new values”. The sense of re-evaluating our relationships of all kinds, to re-align them onto our recently shifted new frequency, may be strong. Hence this Lunar Eclipse could be a pivot point for changes in the area of relationships in general.

On the day of the Lunar Eclipse, Jupiter is exactly square to Saturn. This may make us re-evaluate our life structure, and how we go about trying to achieve what we want. Is there too much effort and struggle involved? Are we trying to manifest from 3D reality rather than creating our vision in 5D (Neptune, the third planet in the T-square). Then on March 25th Saturn turns retrograde, emphasising this theme of introspection and re-evaluation on these issues.

March therefore is an incredibly powerful month, which may bring many of us to a major turning point in some area of our lives.

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The Next Step Newsletter – February 2016 – Where are you expanding?

January Review

Here are some of the highlights of the events correlating to planetary pattern for January:

January 1st: BBC  reported that their website had been hacked by a group claiming responsibility called ‘New World Hackers’. Cyber attacks are closely linked to the Uranus-Pluto square, which is still tightly operational.

January 2nd: There have been losses of property and assets in US states along the Mississippi River, caused by floods. Saturn=loss, square to Neptune=floods. The same is true in North and North West England, which has seen the worst flooding in over 50 years, with every river in Lancashire exceeding its previous flood record. Bridges, cars and animals have been washed away, with much devastation to property.

January 2nd: Saudi Arabia execute a prominent Shia Muslim cleric along with 46 others. This has caused massive protests in Iran, and the Sunni-Shia Muslim divide may become much wider as a result: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35222061. This not only reflects religious issues and intolerance coming to the fore, as expected, with Saturn in Sagittarius, but also the continuing possibility of violent protest under the Uranus-Pluto square aspect, which is close to exact now.

January 3rd: Sweden brings in border controls for those trying to enter the country from Denmark, and in response Denmark does the same for those people entering from Germany. For both countries, this is an effort to stop the migrant flow which is becoming overwhelming: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35222067.

January 5th: Just as Mercury squares Mars (talking about aggression) and the Sun is coming to conjunct Pluto exactly (planet of violence and death), President Obama makes new moves to use his Executive power (Pluto, power) to try to restrict gun (Mars) purchase further in the US.

January 6th: North Korea announces that it has successfully tested a nuclear hydrogen bomb. The Sun was exactly square to Pluto on this day, and rapidly moving to a square with Uranus. Therefore we were close to the New Moon at 19 Capricorn where both the Sun and Moon were in a T-square to Uranus and Pluto, planets associated with explosive, eruptive energy, and historically which have been linked with such activities. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was also registered in the country, apparently just before the test, but again reflecting the same symbolism. What is also interesting is later that day doubts started to be cast as to whether this testing had actually taken place, or whether it was a false claim by the North Korean leader. This is exactly the kind of smoke-and-mirrors situation we expect with Saturn square Neptune; is it real or is it not? What can we believe?

January 7th: Twice this week the Chinese authorities made sure that their stock market did not fall by more than 7%. They have set up firewalls to stop this happening, so people are unable to sell their shares if a run on the market begins. This reflects Saturn (government controls) square Neptune (panic and confusion).

January 7th: A man wielding a butcher’s knife approached a police station in Paris, on the Charlie Hebdo anniversary, shouting ‘God is good!’ in Arabic. He appeared to have an explosive belt, and was therefore shot by the police and died soon after that. It was then discovered that it was a fake explosive belt. Again, with the Sun shining a light on the Uranus-Pluto square (unexpected, eruptive violence), and the Saturn-Neptune square of what is real and what is not?

January 8th: The Sun was in a T-square to Uranus and Pluto, highlighting the sudden, eruptive, explosive energy of that aspect, which can be potentially linked to violence and loss of life . A gunman pledging allegiance to IS shot a policeman at pointblank range in his police car in Philadelphia. The police officer was seriously wounded. Also, two attackers in an Egyptian resort stabbed three tourists, and one of the attackers was wearing an explosive belt.

January 9th: On New Year’s Eve there had been attacks and sexual assaults on women in Cologne at the railway station, allegedly by many foreign men of Arabic or North African appearance. This very much reflects the Uranus-Pluto square; unexpected, threatening behaviour, which can be of a sexual nature (Pluto, ruler of Scorpio, sexual crime), by foreigners (Uranus). On the 9th and 10th January, the Sun (and Moon on the 10th) were highlighting this Uranus-Pluto square. Water cannon (Neptune) were used to control (Saturn) the crowds who came to protest (Uranus-Pluto) against what happened. This is causing Angela Merkel (who has Neptune at the top of her birthchart=idealism and compassion, and has probably done more than any other European leader in welcoming migrants and refugees) to rethink their immigration policy, as many in Germany are feeling overwhelmed by the numbers. This is also a reflection of Saturn in Sagittarius (foreigners, migrants, religious issues) square to Neptune (refugees, homeless, and confusion around who they may truly be).

January 17th: Twenty three new marine conservation areas have been set up in the coastal areas around the UK. Neptune is the sea, and Saturn is regulation, boundaries, and ‘taking responsibility’ for an area.

January 19th: The town of Flint, in Michigan, USA, has a major pollution incident, as lead (Saturn is associated with this metal) has leaked into the water (Neptune) supply. My recent newsletters anticipated, tragically, pollution of this kind, as it is a completely accurate reflection of the symbolism of the Saturn-Neptune square.

January 20th: Neptune historically is associated with crude oil, and Saturn is the principle of contraction, so is linked to price reductions. Under the Saturn-Neptune square, the price of crude oil fell to $27 a barrel, the lowest in 13 years. Also 20th was a torrid day on financial markets, with a loss of approximately $15 billion since the market highs in 2014. Many financial markets have lost more than 20% since their highs, and thus are believed to be entering bear markets. Saturn represents fear,  and is often linked to financial institutions and markets, and Neptune represents confusion and panic http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35370554. Many financial commentators are talking about ‘a lot of uncertainty’ in 2016; we have many planets in mutable, fast-changing signs, and very few in fixed signs, which tend to give more stability, or at least slow down the changes.

January 21st: Today Mercury is exactly square to Uranus, and conjunct Pluto. We anticipated some surprising, even shocking news today. A UK inquiry that has been issued today on the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, former Russian agent, concludes that his murder was ‘probably’ approved by President Putin. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35370819. Mercury square to Uranus represents the shocking, surprising element, and Uranus often has foreign connections. Pluto is related to crime, underhand activity, and commonly loss of life. Both Uranus and Pluto have links (think of Uranium and Plutonium) to radioactivity.

January 21st: Uranus-Pluto aspects commonly expand our universe and understanding of reality in some way (Columbus discovering the Earth wasn’t flat, putting a man on the Moon). Now a 9th planet has been discovered beyond Neptune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-9th-planet-20160120-story.html.

January 22nd: The BBC reports that over 1 million migrants arrived in Europe last year, and that the Schengen agreement on freedom of movement is in jeopardy – Hungary fenced off its borders with Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia; some other Schengen countries have re-imposed border controls: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, France and Belgium. Germany is also rethinking its ‘open-door’ policy, after many protests (Uranus-Pluto square, people rising up against government policy) after the outrage at the sex attacks in Cologne at New Year’s Eve. There have been protests in the Netherlands against the opening of a new refugee centre. Remember the migrant crisis is very much described by the symbolism of the Saturn-Neptune square; Saturn=boundaries, fences, rules and regulations, border controls, and as it is in Sagittarius=foreigners, migrants. Neptune=the homeless, destitute, refugee, also those who travel by sea (and may drown), and on another level represents the confusion and constant shifting of the EU policy towards migrants.

January 25th: The Zika virus (Neptune) which is spread by mosquitos from stagnant water (Saturn square Neptune in Pisces, Chiron in Pisces=problems with water, polluted water, things ‘going viral’) is likely to spread through the Americas, and can cause brain damage to new babies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-35406933.

January 26th: The Danish Parliament voted to confiscate the assets and valuables of refugees to help pay for their upkeep, in an effort to make Denmark less attractive to migrants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35406436. This is another manifestation of the Saturn (rules and regulations, border controls) in Sagittarius (foreigners and migrants) square to Neptune (the homeless, destitute, refugees).

February 2016

Throughout February, we continue to have the long-running Uranus-Pluto square in operation, as they are only around 1 degree away from exactitude. They won’t begin to really separate until around April, but we will still feel the effects of the revolutionary change they have had in the world and in our lives. Increasingly, the dominant aspect for 2016 up until September is Saturn square to Neptune. You can see in the review above how this aspect is beginning to play out, and please check out my previous two months’ newsletters (www.thenextstep.uk.com/newsletters) for more detail on how they are likely to manifest. The big issue here is trust; it is very important during 2016 to have integrity, to not have any hidden agendas or secrets that may emerge as scandals (as some leaders and organisations may have). Live authentically (Saturn in Sagittarius) and with an open heart, is the message for 2016. Many people may change their employment this year, recognising a strong pull towards ‘service’ (Jupiter in Virgo conjunct the North Node) which helps the common good in some way. This can manifest as a ‘divine discontent’, a feeling of yearning and spiritual desire to fulfil your dreams (Neptune) and have more meaning in your life (Saturn in Sagittarius). There will be an increasing sense of a global (Saturn in Sagittarius) spiritual community (Neptune) this year too.

Another manifestation of Saturn-Neptune, as well as the many I have discussed in earlier newsletters, is that things or circumstances that you thought were very solid and enduring in your life start to shift, or dissolve, or become less important. In one sense this is part of the feeling of unrest or being unsettled that Saturn-Neptune can bring about, but very positively it can release old attachments so we can be much more flexible and adaptable. As there are so many planets in mutable signs in 2016, the ability to be flexible and move quickly to benefit from opportunities will be very important. This may allow you to rise above old habits, stuck patterns, and situations, as they may change in ways that you could not have anticipated. Neptune in Pisces may inspire us creatively, and with the many energy shifts happening at the moment, may bring in a finer, more spiritual perception of how we see our world.

Jupiter remains in Virgo until September, when it enters Libra. This can bring in personal growth opportunities for anyone with an emphasis in Virgo (Sun, Moon, Ascendant). Remember while it is conjunct the North Node, as it will be all of February, it can give us a strong sense of confidence and ‘going for it’; Mars in Scorpio with its laser-beam focus will only reinforce this. Virgo is concerned with the Earth, and our guardianship and husbandry of the Earth, and there will be increasing concern while Jupiter is in Virgo not only for how we care for the Earth, but also how we connect to it (see groundology.co.uk for more information).  A sense of a direct connection to nature and the Earth (literally, earthing via bare feet on grass) will become increasingly important for our wellbeing (there is much scientific evidence for this, and how it changes the viscosity of the blood, etc, see groundology website).  A move back to ancient understandings of the nature of Earth energy, plant and herb medicine, will all become more prominent.

Another aspect of Virgo is to do with day-to-day routine, and while Jupiter is there we may want to make improvements in our daily routine whether it be by diet, exercise, nutrition, or developing a more spiritual practice each day. Disciplines such as yoga, tai-chi, qigong, may have more a draw this year, so the self-improvement (Jupiter) could be physical, nutritional, and spiritual. See where Jupiter is falling in your chart now, which is where Virgo is. Jupiter is at 22 degrees Virgo but will be continuing to move retrograde until May 9th at 13 degrees Virgo. This area of your chart should be an area of life that will see some expansion this year. If you don’t know how to find this, just get a copy of your birthchart which you can get free on-line (for instance www.chaosastrology.com offer this service), then check-out my tutorial videos (https-//gumroad.com/l/FHjOZ) which you can use long-term to constantly refer back to for all of these updates to see what it means for you.

Jupiter is also opposing Chiron (at 17 Pisces) for the whole of February, and this can bring a strong healing energy for many, and awareness of what needs to be healed. Chiron is close to the South Node, our collective past, and what needs to be released in order for us to move forwards, so there could even be a feeling of collective healing of old wounds too. The energy shifts will continue to be significant this year, building as we move toward the March Eclipses, which will be very powerful. More about those in the next newsletter!

In more detail for February, we have a slightly irritable beginning to the month with a difficult aspect between Mars in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries which is exact on the 5th, so be aware of being frustrated, impetuous or impatient. Try and step back from situations and watch is if someone else were in that situation, and take a breath.

Then we have a New Moon at 19 degrees 15 Aquarius on February 8th, at 6.38am PST and 2.38pm UK time. Where does this new beginning fall for you in your birthchart? What is now being birthed for you? It’s a great time to set a new intention for the month, whatever you would like to achieve or manifest, and when you know where this falls in your birthchart you can set it in line with what is naturally unfolding for you, so you are going with the flow of your life map. The sign Aquarius is very much concerned with the collective, again this idea of a global community, and how much more powerful we can be when we act together. We have seen this often in social media and on-line petitions, how effective they can be to change things in the world. Many of them I have noticed have been around the subject of animal welfare, very much the concern of Jupiter in Virgo.

Aquarius can also be the sign of genius, the inventor, the innovator, seeing things from an oblique angle. This potential is emphasised at this New Moon as the Sun and Moon are in positive aspect (sextile) to Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, and very much the genius and the maverick, which can bring in connections to the super-conscious to give great creativity. The Sun and Moon are squared by Mars in Scorpio, bringing energy and determination into the picture, and Jupiter and the North Node, our collective destiny, are also in aspect too. This brings in a sense of vision and expansion into whatever we are setting forth as our new beginnings; a sense of confidence and exploring new horizons.

Mental and emotional intensity may be high at this New Moon, as both Mercury and Venus are conjunct Pluto and square to Uranus. We may be feeling very deeply about issues of security, financial resources, and also power – who has it – versus also wanting independence and freedom. We may experience great mental clarity, ‘ahaa’ moments of awakening , and also a strong feeling of needing to express those strong emotions.  It could be linked to an issue that arose at the end of December and again in mid-January when Mercury made this same aspect. Mars in Scorpio will emphasise the intensity. Just try to be objective and dispassionate and again, step back and try not to rush in too quickly, be sure you have weighed the situation more coolly.  Our intuition should be operating well with Mars trine to Chiron at 19 Pisces, which also helps us to see the bigger picture, the higher spiritual perspective. The Sun, Moon, and Mars all aspecting Uranus at this New Moon can help us to be inventive, original, creative, and find new and unusual ways to view things, and to help relieve the emotional intensity of Venus conjunct Pluto square Uranus. The Venus-Pluto-Uranus square is between 16-19 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) so if you have any planets or angles around those degrees you will be likely to feel the intensity.

On February 12th, the Moon in Aries is conjunct Uranus and square to Pluto. Therefore you may feel emotionally intense, even explosive, and unusually impatient and short-fused, particularly if you have any personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) around 15-17 degrees of the Cardinal signs. Try to take a breath, and step back before engaging, as your feelings may be running high, and there will be a greater instinct to jump in and react to situations before you have fully thought them through. Practice mindfulness today.

A replay, or a similar situation, may present itself on February 18th, when the Moon is conjunct Pluto and square to Uranus. The issue may be power; who has it? Or are you feeling powerless in a situation, when you are more likely to react unpredictably. Again, stepping back and taking a breath is a good plan with these impulsive aspects; they are triggering the same degrees as above.

Then on February 22nd we have a Full Moon at 3 degrees 33 Virgo, at 10.19am PST, and 6.19pm UK time. Full Moons are always cycles of completion, culmination or closure, and very often will reveal something that was unknown, or hidden from you before. Where does 3 degrees Virgo fall in your chart? Is it in your 4th house, so something is revealed about your family or heritage? Is it in your 9th house, which if you are involved in a legal case may bring something else to light which may be helpful for you? Knowing where it falls gives you additional specific meaning in your life.

Jupiter will be conjunct the North Node at 21 Virgo at this Full Moon,  encouraging us to not only expand our visions of how we can help others (Virgo principle, being of spiritual service), particularly as the Moon in also in Virgo, but  has a strong sense of wanting to protect and care for the Earth (see above). Jupiter is exactly opposing Chiron on February 23rd at 20 degrees of Virgo-Pisces, and this can bring in a sense of surrendering to something greater than ourselves, being aware of past hurts and wounds, and allowing acceptance of self and forgiveness of self and others to melt the past, and draw in the future more positively. It is an aspect which can help us shift our spiritual level if we can shift from our logical, analytical mind, to just step aside so we can allow love to heal the past.

This theme of surrender and bliss is emphasised by the Sun in Pisces at this Full Moon being conjunct Neptune, planet of miracles, consciousness, spirituality and the intangible. The energy is very different in 2016 from the hard-to-miss dynamic, sudden, radical and revolutionary Uranus square to Pluto of the last 4 years. It is much more about transcendence, bliss and surrender. The understanding that if we can shift our energy on the inside, everything, without us having to apply huge efforts on the outside, will change on the outside too, as our outer reality always reflects our inner landscape. Therefore quantum leaps can be made in life through this simple understanding of how energy and the laws of reality work. If you can shift your perspective and frequency even just a little, then watch what happens in  your world.

This is lining us up to an incredibly powerful month of Eclipses in March, including a Total Solar Eclipse in Pisces. More of that in the next newsletter, and in the meantime have a wonderful February 2016!

“The stars are like letters which inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky; everything in the world is full of signs. All events are co-ordinated, and all things depend on each other.”
Plotinus

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January 2016 Newsletter – What does January have in store for you?

December Review

Here are some of the manifestations of the prevailing symbolism for December 2015

December 1st: Two shooters in San Bernardino, California, injuring 21 people and killing 14. The Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square aspect lasted for the first half of the month. This is linked to aggression, violence and militarism. The shooters were a married couple believed to have been radicalised. Therefore this is being viewed as a terrorist incident.

December 1st: The UK Parliament voted for extending airstrikes from Iraq into Syria to target ISIL. This also reflects the assertive militarism of the Mars-Uranus-Pluto square.

December 5th: Bloomberg business reports that US regulators are examining whether banks colluded in setting prices in the derivatives market, where investors speculate on credit risk. This could be another scandal like Libor. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-05/banks-said-to-face-sec-probe-into-possible-credit-swap-collusion. This is Uranus shining the light of truth on cover-ups in big banks and corporations (Pluto).

December 6th: A knife attack in London at a tube station left 2 people seriously injured. This is believed to have been a terrorist attack. Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square, linked to sudden acts of violence.

December 7th: At a campaign rally US Republican candidate Donald Trump called for a ‘complete and total ban on Muslims entering the United States’. This is in line with the Saturn in Sagittarius symbolism, of judgement/intolerance on religious issues. Trump has his Moon in Sagittarius, a strong need to have one’s strong opinions respected. The Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square is aspecting Jupiter ruling his 5th house; shocking audiences with radical remarks and enjoying being the ‘performer’.

December 7th: Bejing was in shutdown with extremely high levels of air pollution http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/08/beijing-smog-city-shuts-down-amid-red-alert. This is connected to Saturn square to Neptune in Pisces, Neptune dealing with poisons, toxins, often of the intangible kind, and Saturn is making this problem very real and even visible; ironically as the climate change talks continue in Paris.

December 8th: An art expert has been working for 10 years on the Mona Lisa painting, using powerful light to see through the layers of paint. He has apparently discovered that the face underneath is that of a different woman. This has caused consternation in the art world, with one of the most famous paintings the world has seen. This is a good example of Saturn square to Neptune in Pisces (creativity, art) of what is real and what is not, which I wrote about in the last newsletter. What is illusion? What is the truth? The Mona Lisa we all know so well now may not be the real painting, but that of an unknown woman. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35040204

December 8th: As we have the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square, linked with violence and threat of violence, gun sales soar, particularly in the US after the San Bernadino murders http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/dec/08/smith-wesson-gun-sales-booming-despite-or-because-of-us-massacres. Guns are very linked to Mars-Uranus-Pluto aspects.

December 8th: Storm Desmond hit Cumbria in the UK, resulting in massive floods, and hundreds of people being evacuated from their homes. The flood water was several feet deep, and it may take many months for those homes to be habitable again. Neptune and Chiron are in Pisces, a water sign, and Chiron there suggests damage with water, together with the extreme weather symbolism of the Uranus-Pluto square. Quoting from Chapter 10 of my book, written in March 2013: “Neptune in myth is Lord of the Sea, and therefore has strong associations with water. Over the next few years we are likely to see issues around water: too much water, not enough water, or water in the wrong place as a result of extreme weather, manifesting as floods, droughts and tsunamis. Water pollution and the greater recognition of the tiny percentage of the world that has access to clean water, will be likely to come to the forefront.”

December 9th: Perhaps exacerbated by Donald Trump’s remarks (above), Muslims in the US are experiencing more violence day to day. This not only reflects the Mars-Uranus-Pluto square, but also Saturn in Sagittarius, linked to religious intolerance.

December 9th: The Greek government remove 2,300 migrants who have been living for weeks near the border with Macedonia, and has take them to camps in Athens. Again, this is linked to the Saturn in Sagittarius symbolism, of foreigners, migrants, religious issues, the square to Neptune is linked to refugees and the homeless.

December 10th: A Syrian family of a mother and here 7 children drowned when the boat they were taking from Turkey to Greece was overwhelmed by waves. This is again linked to the symbolism of Saturn in Sagittarius, as above, and Neptune is linked to the sea (in myth, Lord of the Sea) and being lost at sea. The Saturn-Neptune square will become more difficult as we go towards winter; Saturn represents cold, and hard times.

December 10th: Greece is considering deporting thousands of migrants back to their original countries, who are not being allowed to continue their journey through Macedonia. So far, the Greek authorities have housed the migrants in camps in Athens. Symbolism as above.

December 10th: Still under the Mars-Uranus-Pluto aspect, North Korea announces it has the capacity to launch a hydrogen bomb: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/10/north-korea-hydrogen-bomb-kim-jong-un-nuclear.

December 12th: A historic agreement on climate change was announced in Paris,  involving almost 200 countries. This agreement was made still under the light of the the New Moon from the day before, a new beginning. There had been many through the night discussions to get to this agreement, suggested by the huge efforts of Mars-Uranus-Pluto, but most importantly the North Node, symbolising our collective destiny, has moved into Virgo, and is also close to Jupiter, which expands possibilities. Virgo is the sign of good husbandry, cleaning up the Earth and sustainability for the future. The North Node was exactly conjunct an asteroid called Hygiea, which is associated with purification and natural healing, and self-empowerment, perfect symbolism for wha was unfolding. This suggests a recognition at Paris that cleaning up the Earth is essential for our ‘collective destiny’ moving forwards. The North Node stays in Virgo until May of 2017, so let us hope that will be positive for our collective will until at least then.

December 13th: A Russian warship fires warning shots at a Turkish fishing boat in the Aegean Sea, allegedly to avoid a collision http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35087050. This is as the Mars-Uranus-Pluto aspect continues, with the Moon joining Pluto and shining a light on this configuration.

December 14th: A BBC  report showed a single engine passenger plane flying in international airspace, just 140 miles from the Philippines coast. This is where China has built a new island with an airstrip, and the pilots of the passenger plane were repeatedly asked to clear the area, and accused of being a foreign military plane. This is a very clear example of the Saturn-Neptune square; who has authority (Saturn) over the sea (Neptune)? Who rules the waves in areas like this, supposedly international airspace?

December 15th: Tim Peake will be the first UK astronaut to be launched into space and will spend 173 days on the International Space Station. The launch will take place as we still have the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square. The Uranus-Pluto square is very associated with expanding the view of our reality, and the conjunction between these planets was tight when we saw the first Man on the Moon in July 1969. Mars represents propulsion. Astrologically the Moon (!) was moving towards the Uranus-Pluto midpoint on the 15th.

December 15th: Over 1,000 schools were shut down in the Los Angeles area due to a security threat. However, the same threat was issued to the New York area, but the authorities there decided it was a hoax. Here we have both the threat of violence with the Mars-Uranus-Pluto aspect, and the what-is-real-and-what-is-not symbolism of Saturn square Neptune. Neptune in Pisces can also represent threats that are unseen, invisible.

December 19th: The Chinese defence ministry accused the US of ‘deliberately raising tensions’ in the South China Sea by flying a B-52 bomber near to the Spratly Islands. China appears to be assuming territorial rights to these, extending the atoll and have built an airstrip: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35140802. This very much reflects the symbolism of Saturn square Neptune, who has authority over and regulates the seas, and also echoes the potential threat of the Uranus-Pluto square.

December 20th: An Air France plane flying from Mauritius to Paris was forced to land at Mombassa airport after a bomb was found in the toilet. This was later found to be fake. This is a combination of the Uranus-Pluto square (potential sudden violence and loss of life, and Uranus is connected to aviation), and also the Saturn-Neptune square: what is real and what is not?

December 23rd: An explosion on the tarmac of Istanbul airport in Turkey killed a cleaner. Sudden eruptions and explosions are linked to the Uranus-Pluto square, and again we have the airport/aviation link as above.

December 25th: An attack on a Muslim prayer hall in Corsica have resulted in local tensions with the police breaking up protests. This is a reflection of the symbolism of Saturn in Sagittarius, linked to religious issues and intolerance.

December 26th: 150,000 people have been forced from their homes in South America, and there have been hundreds of severe flood alerts and hundreds of evacuations in the North of England. The situation there is the worst it has been in over 50 years, with every river in Lancashire exceeding its previous record level. There have been widespread storms in the US, blizzards, and tornados, and so far 43 people have died. There have been fast-moving fires in the state of Victoria, Australia, also resulting in hundreds of evacuations, and 100 homes were destroyed.  Extensive fires also broke out in Southern California. The Uranus-Pluto square is associated with extreme weather, and on the 25th and 26th Uranus was stationary, amplifying its intense symbolism. Uranus is also associated with sudden, out of the blue events, where things happen very fast; this was the case with many of the weather incidents, particularly the tornados in the US, where many buildings were destroyed in minutes. Pluto is the planet associated with survival issues and potential loss of life. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35189094.

January 2016

Unusually, all planets are direct (no retrogrades) from 26th December 2015 to the 5th January. This gives us a ‘clear run’ at any changes which may have been initiated from the Christmas Day Full Moon and Uranus stationing on the 25th and 26th. There is likely to be less introspection over this 10 day period, before Mercury goes retrograde at 1 degree Aquarius on the 5th January, turning direct again at 14 Aquarius on the 25th. This will be a more reflective period of ‘going back over’ ideas or plans, depending where the first half of Aquarius falls in your birthchart.

Jupiter also turns retrograde on January 7th at 23 degrees 14 Virgo, moving back to 13 degrees 15 Virgo by May 9th. Retrograde Jupiter, as it is in Virgo, will encourage us to clear space, be more efficient, and improve our practical skills, as for the whole of January Jupiter is conjunct the North Node, and this is exact on the 22nd. This will be strong for you if you have any planet or angle around 23 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). Dare to dream big, as this will encourage us to be more productive, and it can expand our confidence. We will want to ‘go for it’, as the North Node represents our collective destiny, where our evolution is focused, and Jupiter wants to contribute to that. So there may be a strong sense of ‘service’ (Virgo) that you want to offer to the world. You may want to dream big and jump towards that vision, particularly around the New Moon on the 9th and 10th January, when Mercury in Capricorn trines Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo. There is almost a sense of evangelism about this; and strong religious ideas and ideologies may be prominent then.

The New Moon is at 19 degrees 13 Capricorn on the 9th January at 5.30pm PST, and on the 10th at 1.30am UK time. There are four planets in Capricorn at this New Moon, so the theme is about realising our ideas in concrete, tangible, practical form (Capricorn is an Earth sign). We are likely to feel inspired, as not only Mercury but also the Sun and Moon are trine to Jupiter and the North Node, so there is a feeling of expansion and determination, that you are beginning to develop something for the service (Jupiter and North Node in Virgo) of the greater good of mankind. This will be particularly the case if you have any planets or angles around 19 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).

The energy at this New Moon, despite the emphasis in Earth, is still likely to be intense and changeable, as Uranus and Pluto are just over a degree from a perfect square in January, and the Sun and Moon are conjunct Pluto, adding to the emotional intensity between 5th and the 7th. It’s as if the Sun and Moon are highlighting this powerful square of awakening and transformation. Mars will add to this intensity as it enters Scorpio on the 4th, and remains in that sign all month. This gives focus and willpower to the area of life in which transiting Mars falls in your birthchart. This adds to the ‘let’s go for it’ feeling of Jupiter conjunct the North Node. Mars will be in Scorpio for 18 weeks, a very long time in one sign, and it is a very strong place for it to be, as Mars is the ancient ruler of Scorpio. This will be powerful for anyone with a Scorpio emphasis in their chart, as Mars will bring in a lot of energy, and the desire to set goals and achieve.  It may also encourage us to ‘purge’ old stuck emotions, to clear the way to move forwards in 2016. Remember that if the intensity gets too much for us, we can meditate, and find peace. We can also pull back and take a breath, and imagine someone else in that situation rather than ourselves.  We have the ability to control our thoughts and the consequent emotions, and this can go a long way to creating our own reality.

Mercury is conjunct Pluto and square to Uranus from the 20-22nd January, and from the 29-31st. This can help to transform our thinking, and open us up to higher intuition. It may make us think very deeply too, and can produce great insights.

Then we have a Full Moon at 3 degrees 29 Leo on January 23rd at 5.45pm PST, and on the 24th at 1.45am UK time. Leo is the sign of the individual, shining and self-expressive; but at this Full Moon as the cycle is closing, we may be reflecting less on seeing ourselves as a separate individual, and more seeing how our individual skills can benefit the whole. Through 2016 there is a much greater awareness of the collective. Both Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo emphasise a sense of spiritual service, and the square between Saturn and Neptune, as well as the manifestations mentioned in the review above, also bring in a stronger sense of the collective. Neptune is the planet of community, spirituality, meditation, and frequency, and the combination of planetary aspects in 2016 suggests that we will be strengthening (Saturn, making real) this global spiritual community, and perhaps eventually even be communicating psychically with each other (that is the promise of the new Neptune in Pisces generation, being born since 2012). Our evolution during 2016 appears to honour the individual (Leo Full Moon) in the context of how they fit into the whole. Where does this Full Moon fall for you? Where is something being revealed, or an episode coming to a close? How can you better serve humanity?

There are many more planets in mutable signs in 2016 than 2015, and this means that events can move very quickly, often change direction, and you may find yourself having to change your mind and changing direction too, having to be flexible. It also means that things can go global very quickly; these can be ideas, popularity (Neptune in Pisces = things going ‘viral’), but can also suggest that diseases can spread very quickly too, as Neptune is linked to microbes. The year will be one when people feel called more strongly to fulfil a sense of vocation, and will be less likely to tolerate a job that ‘makes a living’. They will be much more concerned with ‘making a difference’.

The dominant aspect in 2016 is the Saturn-Neptune square. Other than those mentioned above, here are some of the possible manifestations:

-Cheating, cover-ups and fraud (such as the doping scandal where Russian athletes were accused by the World Anit-Doping Agency of systemic cheating in November 2015).

-Which leaders and promises can you trust? Promises slipping, scandals and rumours seem widespread. The illusion of what is real and what isn’t. Leaders, particularly religious leaders, may be revealed as preaching ‘falsehoods’. A feeling of ‘smoke and mirrors’, particularly amongst leaders and politicians.

-Further droughts and floods, and water pollution.

-Safety of medicines, pharmaceuticals and plastics questioned further.

-Who rules, and has responsibility, for the seas?

Remember that any aspect can manifest positively or less positively, depending on our choices as individuals and as a collective. Astrology is about the prevailing symbolism at any moment, but our freewill determines the ‘level’ at which it unfolds in the world. At its best this aspect can ‘make real the dream’, and also help to bring about a more solid sense of global spiritual community. Let us hope we hold our vision high to bring this about.

“There exists a very common geometry in the universe. From universe to smallest particle of matter, everything is under the  effect of this common geometry. All branches of science follow the rules of this common geometry. This natural geometry exists everywhere. Where there is matter, there is geometry.” 

Johannes Kepler

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December 2015 Newsletter – The Intensity Continues

November Review

Through November and December, the Uranus-Pluto square is tightening, so many events are reflecting that symbolism, but increasingly we are seeing the manifestations of the Saturn-Neptune square in the world. This will last for much of  2016. Here are some of the events from November which reflected the prevailing planetary aspects:

November 6th: As Pluto makes its third transit to the Russian leader’s Sun, an aspect of empowerment, he is named but Forbes magazine as the most powerful global leader: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-06/putin-named-most-powerful-by-forbes/6918126.

November 9th: BBC announced that a major drought is being experienced in Ethiopia, in which up to 15 million people without significant aid. Sadly we may see more of this over the next year, as Neptune in Pisces represents water, and Saturn squaring it represents shortage and scarcity.

November 10th: Seaworld announced an end to its killer whale shows in San Diego. This is partly due to falling numbers and animal welfare campaigns and petitions. Also, due to similar pressures, Ringling Brothers and the Barnum and Bailey Circus will retire all of its elephants to the company’s centre for elephant conservation by 2018. There has been a huge public backlash agains such shows. These developments were expected with Jupiter in Virgo, expanding our awareness of animal welfare, and the Nodal shifting into Virgo and Pisces, together with Neptune in Pisces. These aspects awaken a greater sense of interconnectedness, and the sanctity of all life.

November 10th: Slovenia announced it was putting up razor-wire fences along its border with Croatia. The Saturn-Neptune cycle began in 1989, and was exact on 9th November 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down. This cycle, now at the square, is testing that ‘opening up’ of borders. Are walls and borders coming down, or going up? Are the divisions of countries going to be reinforced (Saturn), or will compassion and an acknowledgement that we are all one going to prevail, with these divisions being relaxed (Neptune)?

November 10th: Donald Trump, Republican candidate for the US Presidency, stated again (he had promised this earlier in his campaign) in a political debate: “We’ll build a wall” to keep out immigrants. See the point above.

November 10th: The Bank of England held an unprecedented open meeting for the public to try and install greater confidence and trust (issues of trust will become important with the Saturn-Neptune square). What is real and trustworthy and what is not?

November 11th: CNN reported the hacking of 100 million JP Morgan customers, and their data was used to manipulate stock prices. This is the largest US cyber attack in history. The Uranus-Pluto square is strongly associated with cyber attacks.

November 11th: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published its findings from an independent commission to examine allegations of doping. It declared that doping, cover-ups and exertion were taking place on a vast scale in Russian athletics, all the way up to the Russian government. The Russian athletics authorities were accused of systematic doping and cheating, and this also implicated the IAAF, the sport world’s governing body. This is following hard on the heels of the FIFA corruption, scandals and cover-ups. Astrologically, this is a combination of the Uranus-Pluto square, with Uranus shining the light of truth on the cover-ups of large corporations, but also now The Saturn-Neptune square is playing a role. Neptune is associated with drugs and doping, and Saturn is connected with rules and regulations; it is in the sign of Sagittarius, linked to athletics and sport because Sagittarius rules the thighs, and athleticism in general.

November 11th: Sweden has reinstated border controls as it cannot cope with the rapid influx of migrants and refugees. We will see much more of these issues around borders and territorial boundaries, together with regulations around immigration (Saturn in Sagittarius), in combination with compassion for these people but also confusion and chaos (Neptune).

November 11th: Student protestors at the University of Missouri forced the President there  to resign over anti-discrimination concerns. Uranus-Pluto aspects are highly correlated with protests and uprisings. Remember this cycle began in the mid-1960s with all the student protests, sit-ins and uprisings.

November 13th: The Uranus-Pluto square was not only tightening, so we should expect more manifestations of sudden, unexpected, eruptive, and sometimes violent energy where loss of life is involved, but Mars (god of war) on this day was exactly conjunct a degree known as the Aries Point. The symbolism of any planet there will be thrown out onto the world stage in a very public way. Mars was also conjunct the Nodal Axis, linked to the people and to widespread publicity.  It was announced on the 13th that the terrorist known as ‘Jihadi John’ had been killed in a targeted US drone strike. Also, there were horrific attacks in several locations in the centre of Paris by suicide bombers, and later so-called IS claimed responsibility. So far 129 people have been reported to have been killed, with many more injured, and a 3 month state of emergency has been announced in France, with the borders (Saturn, as above) also being closed. As well as the aspects noted above, at the recent Lunar Eclipse in Aries on 28th September (remember the effect of an Eclipse last for several months), so Mars was not only the ruling planet for that Eclipse, but also EXACTLY on the Ascendant of Paris at that Eclipse. That suggests that the aggression of Mars at the Lunar Eclipse was more likely to manifest in Paris. A Lunar Eclipse always represents a cycle of closure and completion, and often loss. It may well be a game-changer for France too, and even Europe, in terms of security, and again, border controls.

November 17th: Russian sources confirm that the Russian plane which exploded on October 31st was brought down by a bomb with foreign explosive material, therefore almost certainly a terrorist act. Again, this is Uranus-Pluto symbolism.

November 19th: The Russian anti-doping agency has been suspended by the world anti-doping agency for ‘systematic doping procedures for athletes’. The symbolism for this is as above, the Saturn-Neptune square.

November 20th: EU emergency meeting being held to discuss reinforcing external borders (Saturn in Sagittarius) following the Paris attacks, as the some of the terrorists apparently entered the EU as migrants via Greece.

November 20th: A terrorist attack took place on the Radisson Hotel in Mali, West Africa. 170 hostages were taken, and some were only released when they were able to recite several verses of the Koran (Saturn in Sagittarius, linked to religious fundamentalism, and the potential shocking violence of the Uranus-Pluto square).

November 20th: The House of Representatives in the US voted to dramatically increase border controls for migrants from Syria (Saturn in Sagittarius, square Neptune).

November 21st: Crimea suffers a complete blackout and loss of power when a power station in Ukraine was hit by the ongoing Ukraine-Russian aggression. Uranus-Pluto aspects are linked with sudden outages.

November 24th: In my last video I mentioned that from now until the 26th Mercury is conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius, both square to Neptune in Pisces. This symbolism can manifest as things not being clear; what is real and what is not? What is the truth, what is false? As Mercury is involved, this will often be connected to public statements. Today Turkey announced that after 10 warnings it had shot down a Russian fighter plane over its airspace. Russian defence sources say it was never over Turkish airspace, only over Syrian, where it was shot down from the ground by rebel Syrian forces. Which is true? The closing Uranus-Pluto square of sudden, dramatic, unexpected, often violent events which may involve loss of life (Pluto), with Uranus being associated with aviation, is also part of the picture.

November 25th: A 7.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in Peru, at the border with Brazil. Little damage occurred as the area is underpopulated. The closing Uranus-Pluto square is associated with such sudden, shocking eruptions.

November 26th: The UK government begin to regulate Muslim schools to prevent radicalisation. This is an perfectly accurate expression of Saturn in Sagittarius.

November 28th: Macedonia erects razor-wire fences along its border with Greece, to prevent migrants crossing.

November 28th: We had a Cardinal Grand Cross of the Moon, Mars, Uranus and Pluto. A gunman went on the rampage and shot three people, nine injured, in Colorado Springs, US.

All November: The battle between residents of Oregon and the Nestle Corporation is coming to a head. Nestle has been pumping water from the Cascade Locks in Oregon to bottle it and sell it for profit, leaving the residents seriously short of water in this drought stricken area. This reflects the Saturn-Neptune in Pisces square: water shortages, and water commercialisation.

December 2015

For the first half of December, exact on the 10th and 11th, Mars comes into a T-square with Uranus and Pluto, which themselves are moving closer to an exact aspect. This is an explosive, combustible, volatile, sudden, unpredictable energy; it is powerful and you are likely to feel it strongly, particularly if you have any planets or angles between 13-17 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). As Mars is in Libra, this may manifest in relationships, and you may feel impulsive or impetuous, and have an urge to act in a sudden or angry way. Think before you act with this aspect.

Transiting Mars will conjunct the Sun of the Russian leader at 13 Libra, while Pluto is squaring it. This could encourage more assertive or militaristic action on his part.

Then on the 13th, the Moon conjuncts Pluto in the T-square with Uranus and Mars, so this brings more of an emotional component into the picture. We are likely to feel deep, intense emotions, and on the 16th the Moon again aspects Uranus and Pluto, so we may feel strong emotional reactions then too.

On the 11th, we have a New Moon at 19 Sagittarius 02, at 2.44am PST, and 10.44am UK time. If you have any planets or angles between 16-22 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) you may be likely to feel this. The Sun and Moon are always together at a New Moon, and they are both square to Jupiter in Virgo and Chiron in Pisces. This is a mutable T-square, and indeed we will see much mutability from now through 2016. Mutability helps us to be flexible, dextrous, adaptable, fast-moving, but too much can make for flux and at times even chaos. This is all the more the case as through 2016 we will have very little in fixed signs, which tend to give stability to a situation. So things could change very fast from one moment to the next, and even if you are not someone who usually changes their mind, you may find you are doing this more often than usual to adapt to these changing situations. It could mean that great progress can be made, and Virgo and Pisces are particularly favoured in this, as that is where the Nodal axis will be over the next 18 months.

This mutability feeds into the theme of Saturn square Neptune in Pisces, where things we think are solid and dependable in our lives may shift or dissolve, move out of our lives. This aspect continues for much of 2016. It is also connected to what’s real, and true, and what isn’t? What’s illusory (Neptune in Pisces)? We may feel we are in shifting sands. We may be preoccupied with the truth, especially at the New Moon on the 11th, as it is in Sagittarius, the sign most associated with truth. However, it could be truth with a capital ’T’; is your Truth correct, or my Truth? Hence it is also linked to religious issues, belief systems, and immigration. Sagittarius is the sign most associated with foreigners and migrants. The New Moon here will tend to highlight these areas, and although it has a very positive meaning of encouraging us to live our truth, and follow our authentic path, it also has a less positive meaning of judgement, intolerance and criticism. This New Moon square to Jupiter in Virgo and Chiron in Pisces helps us to be discriminating, but move beyond judgement to see these issues from a higher spiritual perspective. Venus trine to Neptune in Pisces here is about living from unconditional love, living from the heart, and whatever the external circumstances,  maintaining that high vibration of compassion and love. When we are in that state of love and gratitude, we not only boost our own coherence and electromagnetic field, but we broadcast that coherent energy of love out to the world (see the work of the HeartMath Institute).

We then have the winter solstice on December 21st at 8.47pm PST, and on the 22nd at 4.47am UK time, when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn. These in ancient times were seen to be portals of energy, and so an excellent time to meditate, and set intentions for the next three months. Solstices seem to act like tuning forks, setting  a resonance for the next three months. There is a change in the electromagnetic field of the Earth for the few days before and after the solstice, hence the greater ability to receive information from a high source. The Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square is still in operation, just a little wide, and looking at the astrocartography, Mars (aggression, assertion) is angular over Syria, Turkey, and Moscow. The US may have a particular cold winter, as Saturn (hard times, cold) is angular on the ‘home base’ in the US.

Then on Christmas Day, December 25th, we have a Full Moon in at 3 degrees 19 of Cancer. This is exact at 3.11am PST, and 11.11am UK time. This is made stronger as it is only a few days from the solstice, and is likely to be a very emotional Full Moon. Cancer is a sensitive water sign, so we may be feeling ‘full of emotion’ at this time, hopefully in a positive way as we celebrate Christmas with family and friends. As always, Full Moons are a cycle of culmination and completion, so if you have any planets or angles between 1-6 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) you may particularly feel this. What is coming to closure in your life, which could be of an emotional nature? You may also be thinking about our home/personal/family life (Cancer) versus your achievement in the world (Sun in Capricorn) balance, and whether we have got it right. What will intensify the feelings of this Full Moon is that Uranus is stationary for the 25th and 26th before moving direct. Whenever a planet is stationary its symbolism is intensified, so issues around individual self-expression, and asserting your individuality may come to the fore.

Uranus began its retrograde motion on July 26th, so since then you may have been contemplating ways that you could make changes in your life that better reflect who you really are. There may be a dilemma at this Full Moon between security and safety, versus individual self-expression and freedom. Are you doing what you really want to do in life, or compromising because of other commitments, or even a lack of confidence to make a change? This may reach a high point at the Full Moon, which, depending on where it falls in your chart, will shine a light on that area of life that may need attention and change. So this may be a time when you decide to do something completely different in your life, which will better express who you are. Uranus stationary will add intensity to this Christmas weekend, with the Full Moon bringing the issues you may have been feeling over the last few months (since July 26th) to a head. Uranus and Pluto are moving to within a degree and a half of each other by the end of December, their symbolism being all about change at a profound level.

What helps us take action at this time, is at the Full Moon we have five planets in cardinal signs: the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto. Cardinality is about taking action, initiating, taking the lead. So as we close 2015, this Full Moon becomes a jumping-off point for a new way of being into 2016.

At this Full Moon there is a beautiful trine between Mercury and Jupiter. This is a wonderful time to envision new ideas, for blue-sky thinking, big dreams and journalling. Who do you want to be in 2016? This is a perfect aspect for goal setting for all you want to achieve. 2016 heralds planets in Cardinal signs, but also a lot in mutable signs, with very little in fixed. Fixed gives stability but can slow things up, as mentioned above, so we may find in 2016 that things can move very fast; therefore you can achieve a great deal in a short time, maybe greater than you can ever imagine.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful, safe, happy and blessed Christmas, and thank you all for your support and kind comments on this newsletter and my video updates, it is much appreciated.

‘The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind.’

                Kepler, Harmonics Mundi, chapter 7

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November 2015 Newsletter – Saturn-Neptune themes

October Review

1st October: For the next 11 months while Jupiter is in Virgo, we are expecting that there will be many instances of the Earth and the seas (Neptune in Pisces) being cleaned up. The BBC reported that there are boats which can now trawl the sea (Neptune) to pick up plastic (Neptune) rubbish.

1st October: A gunman shot 9 people in a College in Oregon. This was while the Sun was in a T-square to Uranus and Pluto, a violent, eruptive combination. He asked for Christians to step forward (Saturn in Sagittarius, highlighting religious prejudice and judgement), and then shot them.

1st October: At this Sun-Uranus-Pluto violent T-square, Russia began airstrikes in Syria, bombing all rebel forces, including the Free Syrian Army, trained and armed by the US. Remember that transiting Pluto is opposing the Sun of the US chart (the President), suggesting power and control issues coming from the outside. There was much comment in the media about the President being ‘outmanoeuvred’. Transiting Pluto is also squaring the Sun of the Russian leader at 13 Libra, encouraging more aggressive behaviour. These transits of Pluto began in April 2014, when the US were very involved in opposing Russia on their involvement in Ukraine, and trying to reach a political agreement.

5th October: The Uranus-Pluto square is also associated with technological innovations. A system has been developed at Liebnitz University using electrical (Uranus) impulses to the legs, to make you walk automatically to your destination, by setting an App via a Smartphone. This may well, given we have Jupiter in Virgo (healthcare), soon have health applications.

5th October: Two months of rain fell in two hours in Southern France, and 13 people were killed (Jupiter, expansion, lots of, and Neptune, floods).

5th October: A 5p charge was introduced on all plastic bags in the UK. Neptune is associated with plastic, its square to Saturn suggests regulation.

5th October: A hospital in Afghanistan was bombed by mistake by US forces. Mars (attack) was opposed by Neptune (confusion, mistakes, imprecision).

7th October: Russia launches cruise missiles from warships 1,000 miles away, an assertion of military power, as the Sun was exactly square to Pluto (power) and transiting Pluto aspecting the Sun of the Russian leader.

9th October: As we built towards the New Moon in Libra, with the Sun and Moon in a T-square to Uranus and Pluto, a person was shot dead in a Texas College complex. This aspect, as above, is associated with violent eruptive behaviour.

10th October: Closing on the New Moon in Libra (the sign most associated with peace), the peace rally in Ankara, Turkey was bombed (Sun and Moon at the New Moon in a T-square to Uranus and Pluto), and 95 people were killed.

10th October: NASA released plans to colonise Mars. Not only did we have the Sun in a T-square to Uranus and Pluto (jumps in the perception of our reality), but Mars (the planet itself) was opposing Jupiter (long-distance travel and exploration!).

13th October: Following an upsurge in violence in which 4 Israelis and 23 Palestinians have been killed, today was declared a ‘Day of Rage’, with another 3 people being killed in northern Israel (as above, Sun-Uranus-Pluto T-square).

13th October: A 9 part video series was launched today, called ‘The Truth about Cancer’, detailing the many alternative and natural treatments available to cancer sufferers, and how to avoid the disease altogether. It is a series of interviews with doctors, specialists, and cancer survivors. This is a reflection of Jupiter in Virgo, expanding our knowledge of natural and alternative medical solutions. This is a brilliant series, which I cannot recommend enough, whether you have had cancer or just seek to avoid it, as it dramatically increases your available options. Dietary advice (Virgo) is also detailed (Virgo).

15th October: The cost of Medicare may surge by as much as 50%, CNN reported today. Jupiter, planet of expansion, is in Virgo, sign associated with healthcare.

15th October: Hungary, which has already closed its border with Serbia, today closed its border with Croatia. This reflects the Saturn (borders, boundaries, regulations, prejudice, judgement) in Sagittarius (religious issues) square to Neptune (the homeless, dispossessed, refugees, migrants).  We will see more of this aspect in 2016, which began its cycle in late 1989. On 9th November 1989, when this aspect was tightly exact, the Berlin Wall (Saturn) came down (Neptune, dissolved the boundary), merging East and West Germany. Interestingly, in this picture, the German Chancellor has Neptune (idealism, compassion) on her Midheaven (work, life path).

19th October: BBC reports that 10,000 migrants are stranded at the Serbian border, as governments in the Balkans tighten their border controls.

21st October: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has hit Vanuatu, in the South Pacific ocean. We were building towards a powerful SuperMoon at this time, and the Earth’s tectonic plates come under greater strain with the increased gravitational and electromagnetic pull of this SuperMoon. Also, the awkward aspect between Saturn (which can represent the Earth) and Uranus is almost exact, and this creates great tension of unstable energy.

21st October: The BBC reports that 210,000 migrants and refugees have landed on the tiny Greek island of Lesbos, which has only an 80,000 population. The UN says they are overwhelmed with these numbers.

21st October: As Mercury, planet of communication, was in an exact T-square with Uranus (Internet) and Pluto, the Telecoms and Internet company, suffered a massive cyber attack, and 4.3 million users’ data was compromised. Uranus-Pluto aspects are commonly associated with cyber attacks.

23rd October: The Mercury-Uranus-Pluto T-square was still exact as a French lorry hit a coach (Mercury also rules transport) which crashed (sudden accidents, the realm of Uranus), resulting in 43 people being killed (Pluto, trauma and loss of life). This is the biggest traffic accident on a single day in French history.

23rd October: The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, Hurricane Patricia, spun towards the Mexican coast.  It is estimated that the wind speed is 250 miles an hour. Remember that Uranus-Pluto aspects are also associated with the shocking force of extreme weather (see Chapter 9 of my book), and this has been highlighted both at the New Moon on the 12th October which ‘set the tone’ for the month, when the Sun and Moon formed a T-square to Uranus and Pluto. Then later in the month the Sun and Moon were replaced by Mercury in the T-square.

23rd October: NATO reported that Russia has made several incursions with warplanes into Turkish airspace, as Mercury (transport) was in a T-square with Uranus (aviation) and Pluto (violence, threat).

24th October: The BBC reported that the former UK Science Minister Lord Drayson has launched a Smartphone app that measures air quality and pollution. This reflects Jupiter in Virgo, cleaning up our planet, and also Neptune in Pisces has to do with noxious gases.

26th October: With just a few hours to go before the Full SuperMoon in Taurus reached exactitude, there was a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, but also being felt through northern India. So far there have been over 300 people killed. We still have the background of the Uranus-Pluto square, associated with earthquakes, and the SuperMoon also increases the gravitational and electromagnetic pull on the Earth’s tectonic plates, so earthquakes become more likely at these times.

November 2015

The month begins with a wonderful conjunction between Venus and Mars at 22-23 degrees Virgo, and this conjunction continues until the 8th, moving through the late degrees of Virgo. Depending on where this falls in your chart, this can bring success, action, and if it falls in your 5th or 7th house it may even initiate a new romance; in the 11th house, it may bring new friendships into your life. The meaning will change, depending on where it falls in your birth chart (see my two-part tutorial videos: https://gumroad.com/l/FHjOZ).

On 12th November, the nodes of the Moon change signs. The nodes move backwards through the signs, and so have been in Aries/Libra for the since September 2013. They also determine where the eclipses fall, as they must occur close to the nodes. On the 12th, the nodes will move into Virgo and Pisces, and we will see eclipses in those signs until early 2017. See where those signs fall in your birthchart, as they are likely to be areas of change over the next 18 months. Virgo and Pisces emphasise being of spiritual service, daily acts of kindness, and devoting oneself to something greater than self, a cause that can help others.

We have a New Moon at 19 degrees Scorpio on the 11th November, at 9.47am PST, and 5.47 UK time. If you have any planets or angles between 16-22 degrees of Scorpio you will be likely to feel this. New Moons always represent new beginnings, so it is a great time to set a new intention for the coming month, ideally linked to where 19 Scorpio falls in your chart (ie is it to do with your career, your home, your identity, or your social groups?). The Sun and Moon are conjunct Mercury here, and in Scorpio this you can become even more  perceptive; watch for insights, signs, messages, that appear to come from a higher source. This is particularly the case as the Sun, Moon and Mercury are trine to Chiron; Chiron operates from a higher spiritual perspective, so encourages us to do the same, to shift from an everyday perspective to that of our Higher Self. We may ask ourselves: what is the highest spiritual perspective  in this situation? What greater vision can I cultivate at this New Moon?

So we may feel particularly tuned to a higher vibration at this time. We are still helped through the first half of the month by the trine (positive aspect) between Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. Although this is widening, it is still operational, and will still help our success, achievement and confidence, in the area where 17-18 Virgo falls in your birthchart.

We have some meteor showers that you may see in November. These occur when comets break up, and are considered to be auspicious; you can ‘wish upon a star’, particularly when setting your new intentions at the New Moon. At the time of the New Moon, on 11-12th, we have the North Taurids meteors, then a few days later 17-18th we the Leonids will peak (see NASA website).

Neptune stations direct on the 18th November; remember that when a planet is stationary, its symbolism is magnified. So be very aware of your dreams and ask questions of them as you fall asleep. Be aware of your intuition, and try and spend some of the day ‘tuning in’, whether it is via nature, music, poetry, art or energy. Be alert to any untruths or deceptions which may be revealed now too, we may see some of this on the world stage.

We also have the Uranus-Pluto square now moving closer to exactitude, and indeed these planets will be within a degree of an exact square by the end of December. This will tend to make their symbolism of uncertainty, sudden, eruptive, out-of-the-blue events and opportunities, breaking down the old to break through to the new, much more noticeable. Venus moves into a T-square with Uranus and Pluto from the 20-23rd November, which could bring to a head any relationship difficulties, particularly as Venus is in Libra, the sign of relationship. Any inequalities between yourself and a partner may become evident now.

Right through the month, but exact on the 26th, we have Saturn square to Neptune. This is a very important aspect which we will have for much of 2016. I have already discussed this in social media (and above in the review), but one obvious manifestation of this is that Saturn is connected to borders, boundaries, and regulations. It is also associated with hard times, and as it is in Sagittarius it is linked to foreigners, religious issues, judgement and intolerance. Neptune represents idealism (as seen prominently in the German Chancellor’s chart), but it also represents the homeless, the destitute, migrants and refugees. This aspect, as well as the previous Jupiter opposition to Neptune, is connected to mass migration. There are many urgent efforts to bring in regulations, and have a coherent EU policy for this urgent situation, but there is confusion (Neptune) and day-to-day chaos on the ground which is far from the ideals imagined. Many migrants have tried to cross to Europe by sea (Neptune, Lord of the Sea), and have been lost (Neptune) in the process. There may be new regulations also on religious practice and persecution (in the UK, the Home Secretary is trying to introduce new laws on ‘hate crimes’).

As I mentioned in the review above, the beginning of the Saturn-Neptune cycle was in late 1989, and was exact when the Berlin Wall came down on 9th November 1989. The a wall was coming down to unite East and West Germany; what will happen at this next important point in the cycle, will borders be strengthened,  as we see now in the Balkans, or relaxed to welcome migrants? It is an urgent challenge for the world now.

Another way this is likely to manifest, I believe, is increasing regulations on pollution (Neptune), and this will be in the seas as well as on land. Jupiter in Virgo is encouraging the ‘clean-up’ too. I believe there will be more concern about plastic (Neptune) and the leaks (Neptune) of this into food. Other areas which will come under scrutiny are medicines and pharmaceuticals (Neptune) and their effect on our bodies. With Jupiter in Virgo, there will be a greater move to natural and alternative medicine.

Yet another meaning of the Saturn-Neptune square is around truth. I have written over the months about how Uranus is ‘shining a light of truth’ on Plutonian cover-ups in big corporations, and in criminal and often sexual activities by the rich and powerful. Now with the Saturn-Neptune square, this takes on extra meaning, as Saturn is what is real, solid and tangible, and Neptune is the illusion. Neptune can be deceit, or ‘things not being what they seem’. So this could bring up issues of trust, a lack of clarity amongst our political leaders, and perhaps in personal relationships too. Declarations of policy, promises, can slip or dissolve. What is real and what is not? Things you thought were reliable and stable may appear more unstable or illusory now. Also the demand of Saturn in Sagittarius is that we are authentic, and have integrity. Mercury is conjunct Saturn and squaring Neptune exactly on the 24-25th November, so ‘what is said’ may be highlighted then, in terms of its veracity.

I also anticipate that as Saturn rules Capricorn, the patriarchy, the political and economic system, and even the structure and authority of the medical system, with the square to Neptune I believe this will start to dissolve, and be ultimately undermined. Remember that Saturn represents the past, and the status quo that resists change, but Neptune calls us to a higher vision of unconditional love and miraculous healing, where medicine is not dictated by business and profit. I believe this will be a very powerful manifestation of this aspect through 2016.

Saturn rules lead (metal), the tangible, and density; I feel it is a planet linked to the 3rd dimension. Neptune rules the intangible, the spiritual, a sense of oneness; it does not operate in time and space or by logic, but by refined perception and intuition. Neptune can enable us to make intuitive leaps of understanding.  It is also associated with light. We may start to hear more about ‘light healing’, the ‘light body’, and higher levels of vibration and frequency. This square from Neptune to Saturn will help us to ‘ascend’ from the 3rd dimension, by using meditation, healing, tuning into nature or music, to reach higher dimensions. I feel it is a 5th dimensional planet. The main challenge is to ascend towards enlightenment (Neptune), whilst remaining grounded and centred (Saturn).

Then we have the Full Moon at 3 degrees 20 of Gemini, which will occur at 2.44pm PST and 10.44pm UK time, on the 25th November. This is a cycle of completion and closure, and it may bring something to light which you may not have been aware of before, to help you move forwards. Does this fall in your 6th house, so you become aware of something connected to your health? Or in your 11th house, so it is something connected to friendship that comes to light? In watching how these patterns unfold in our own birth charts, we become more conscious and aware. If you don’t know where this falls, just check out my two part tutorial videos, which are helping so many people really start to understand how astrology works in their lives, and you can refer back to these forever. Gemini highlights our mental function, and with Mercury (its ruler) conjunct Saturn and squaring Neptune on the 24-25th, it will highlight where we stick to the known in our thinking (Saturn) and where we can allow ourselves to be intuitive and inspired. At this Full Moon, we have 7 planets (including Chiron) in mutable signs; therefore it could be a time of flux and change in the world.

Chiron stations direct on the 28th November, so be aware of insights into old wounds, which may be from early childhood, which you can heal and see in a different light, by shifting your consciousness.

You may remember that we had a very important Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees Virgo on 13th September; this represented a major new beginning for people, particularly if a planet or angle in your birthchart was aspected (although this may take up to 6 months to manifest). This Eclipse degree remains ‘hot’ for some months, and from 23-30th November will be aspected by Jupiter, which comes to conjunct that very degree. Whatever was unfolding for you then may expand at this time, or bring in more success or abundance. This is very positive, so watch the patterns, and see where 20 degrees Virgo is in your chart.

“The stars are like letters which inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are co-ordinated; all things depend on each other.”

Plotinus

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The Next Step October 2015 Newsletter – The Intensity Continues

September review

The news this month has overwhelmingly been about the migrant crisis in Europe. It is estimated that 59 million people (almost the population of the UK) have been displaced due to the wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. We had similar movements of refugees in 1939, when Jupiter was opposing Neptune then. In 1939, the opposition was also in Virgo-Pisces (but the other way round).  Then we had Kindertransport, the evacuation of Jewish children from war torn Europe. The parallels are clear. Recently, we have had the background of the turbulence of the Uranus-Pluto square causing enormous disruption and violence in the Middle East, dislodging mass movements of people fleeing for safety.

Jupiter represents faith, belief systems and foreigners, as well as mass movements of people. Neptune is associated with the refugee, the homeless, the destitute, the lost. Jupiter in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces represents travel by sea, and lives lost. We also through September had several planets which were retrograde, several changing sign and direction, and several in mutable signs. An emphasis in mutability represents flux, things changing rapidly and inexplicably. We also had the continuing intensity of the Uranus-Pluto square, with all the uncertainty that these migrants carried with them.

Once Saturn re-entered Sagittarius and formed a wide square to Neptune in mid-September, The picture for the migrants became even more complicated. Saturn represents laws, policies, regulations, Sagittarius is linked to foreigners and belief systems (ruled by Jupiter), and Neptune represents confusion and chaos. Several countries (Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Croatia) changed their immigration policies from one day to the next. Essentially, with the Jupiter-Neptune opposition, this is likely to bring chaos on a large scale. However, intensity is combined with this, suggested by the Uranus-Pluto square and the two Eclipses in September. We could clearly see this on the nightly news.

Saturn also represents borders, boundaries, and walls; as Saturn formed the square to Neptune, a razor-wire fence was erected around Hungary’s border, and arrested migrants who attempted to cross it. The Prime Minister of Hungary announced that he did not want Muslims in a Christian country (Saturn in Sagittarius, new laws for foreigners, particularly those of different religious beliefs). Across on the other side of the world, Donald Trump, candidate for the US Presidential election, announced on that he would “build a wall” to stop Mexican immigrants entering the US (17th September, just as Saturn entered Sagittarius). The symbolism was very clear. Below some specific events are noted in the highlights.

Another completely different theme that has emerged increasingly in September has been ‘gut’ issues and the importance of the ‘microbiome’ in your gut. We anticipated with Jupiter’s move into Virgo, plus the Solar Eclipse in Virgo on the 13th, that there would be an emphasis on new developments connected to health, and to do with the very tiny. The millions of bacteria in your gut are miniscule, and they must be properly balanced for good health. Increasingly, there are products and articles this month about how to repopulate your gut with these healthy bacteria. Also, this sees the body as a live ecosystem, a living whole (Jupiter-Neptune opposition).

Another theme in September has been the sports doping issue. Many athletes were accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs (Neptune) which showed up in blood tests (Neptune). Jupiter is connected to sport and athletics, as it rules the thighs.

Finally, another major theme in September has been artificial intelligence. The BBC  particularly has been exploring this development, which of course is yet another technological and evolutionary leap connected with the Uranus-Pluto square. Historically Uranus-Pluto aspects have been associated with technological jumps; in Chapter 9 of my book I research these from the 1400s  with the development of the printing press in 1450, to the mid-1960s with the Uranus-Pluto conjunction, and the development of the microchip and the Internet.

A review of other specific highlights this month:

2nd September: Pope Francis announced that Catholic priests should forgive those who expressed regret over having an abortion (Sun opposing Neptune that day, forgiveness, and Saturn at 29 Scorpio – the ultimate reckoning connected to matters of sex and death).

3rd September: There were angry protests outside a Hungarian railway station. We were still under the light of the Full SuperMoon in Pisces of 29th August, the Sun and Jupiter were still opposing Neptune, and there was an enormous wave of compassion for the migrants and refugees across much of Europe, with people in Germany and Austria going out to welcome the migrants to their country, and giving them food and blankets.

6th September: The same planetary pattern of compassion was being felt when Pope Francis asked every European family to take a migrant family.

7th September: The hidden remains of a huge Neolithic stone monument, more than 4,500 years old, and including 90 standing stones, was discovered just two miles from Stonehenge in the UK. The Sun (shining a light) was exactly trine to Pluto (hidden, buried, ancient items) in Capricorn (stone).

8th September: A BA plane caught on fire as it was about to take off from Las Vegas airport. It is very common in accidents like this to see a Mars-Uranus combination, and they were both in fire signs; Mars in Leo aspecting Uranus in Aries – a sudden combustible incident. Uranus is the planet most strongly association with aviation.

10th September: Chlorine and mustard gas were allegedly used on Syrian residents by IS. Neptune and Chiron in Pisces are associated with such poisonous gases, and Jupiter suggests their widespread use.

11th September: There was a debate in the UK Parliament on assisted dying, the day that Mercury in Libra (debating both sides of an issue) was exactly square to Pluto (planet of death and dying).

11th September: We expected developments in healthcare with Jupiter’s move into Virgo, and the Solar Eclipse in Virgo, but also some new technological innovations as the square between Uranus and Pluto is still operational. On the 11th it was announced that new ‘smart drugs’ have been developed, so that once they are ingested they send a signal to the doctor that the medication has been taken. Another form of ‘smart drug’ is a capsule which once swallowed can diagnose whether the patient is suffering from colon cancer.

14th September: A man is shot dead in Missouri, US, as the Moon was exactly aspecting the Uranus-Pluto square. This suggests eruptive, violent emotion.

16th September: The Hungarian police use tear gas and water cannon (Neptune and Chiron in Pisces) against migrants (Jupiter opposing Neptune in Pisces) at the now closed Hungarian border.

17th September: There was a 8.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile, also creating a tsunami there. This was the strongest earthquake of the year so far. I mentioned that at the Eclipses, there is a much greater gravitational pull on the Earth and the tectonic plates, which could well contribute to an earthquake, as well as the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square.

21st September: Soon after Mercury turned retrograde, Skype experienced a global crash which lasted for most of the day, rendering people unable to connect via their service. Mercury retrograde is often connected with computer crashes and technological glitches.

24th September: A huge scandal arose surrounding Volkswagen having illegally ‘fixed’ car emissions equipment on 11 million cars to register lower emissions than was actually the case. This is associated with the Uranus-Pluto square shining the light of truth on cover-ups of large companies and institutions. Chiron and Neptune are both in Pisces, linked to pollutants and gases. Saturn has recently made a square to Neptune, suggesting the ‘blurring’ of regulations. Saturn represents authority, Neptune here suggests that ‘things are not as they seem’.

24th September: While the Pope (Neptune in Pisces, a man of faith) was on his big trip (Jupiter, associated with long distance travel, and America in particular) and was enjoying popularity (Jupiter) and a wave of religious fervour (Jupiter opposing Neptune), the same aspect had different effects in another part of the world. The Jupiter-Neptune opposition is also linked to religious pilgrimages, and the Hajj annual pilgrimage suffered tragedy. As the Mars-Saturn square formed exactly (0 degrees of exactitude), the surge of focused people (Mars) pushed forwards, it hit a blockage (Saturn), as there was simply not enough space, and 769 people died and 900 were injured. This was also as Pluto was almost exactly stationary in the heavens, magnifying its symbolism; Pluto is the planet of death, loss and tragedy. This was just three days before the Total Lunar Eclipse, a cycle of endings, was exact.

24th September: BBC  reported that a paralysed man is now able to walk a few metres. This has been achieved by electrodes on his legs, which connect to an electroencephalogram cap. Essentially his legs are reading the electrical impulses of thought from his brain, instructing them to ‘walk’ or ‘not walk’. This is the kind of medical break-though we anticipated under the Uranus-Pluto square, as Uranus is associated with electricity. It also, of course, recognises the power of thought in making our bodies function.

25th September: Another huge scandal has erupted yet again at cover-ups and corruption at FIFA, the world football association. The same planetary aspects as above with Volkswagen are prevailing with the Uranus-Pluto square shining the light of truth on such cover-ups.

October 2015

Remember that we are still under the influence of the September Eclipses for the next six months, so watch for developments linked to those. The Solar Eclipse degree of 20 Virgo will also be triggered later this month, which I will refer to later in this newsletter.

Mercury goes direct on 9th October at 0 degrees of Libra. It is spending a total of 66 days in Libra, so we are being given the opportunity to re-evaluate relationships yet again. Another major opportunity to do that was at the recent Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries, with the Sun in Libra conjunct the North Node (our collective destiny). From 5-15th October, Mercury is also conjunct the Super Galactic Centre, which is a source of powerful energy. Some people believe that this represents the ‘Mind of God’, and so Mercury conjunct this point may allow sensitive people to receive many downloads of information which may have collective benefit.

Venus moves from Leo to Virgo on the 9th, and is conjunct Mars (sometimes widely) all month. Depending on where this falls in your chart, this can represent a new romance. Does it fall in your 9th house, suggesting you could meet a foreigner, or someone when you are travelling? Is it in your 7th, suggesting a very important, ultimately a live-together relationship? Knowing where it falls gives much more meaning for you.

Jupiter trines (favourable aspect) Pluto all month, and Mars conjuncts Jupiter in this picture from the 11-24th (exact between 15-17th). Pluto is at 13 degrees Capricorn, so if you have anything between 10-16 degrees of an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), you may see the benefit of this. It encourages a highly focused, achieving energy, it is ambitious and wants to aim high and ‘make it happen’. We can feel ready to take on the challenge, and supremely confident. Often Pluto will manifest as a benefactor, who can be wealthy or powerful, or someone behind the scenes, who helps to push you forwards to success. These are very positive aspects. Depending on where this falls in your chart, it can bring in money (2nd house), legal success (9th house), career success (10th house). The manifestation will differ according to where it falls in your unique birthchart, and where transiting Jupiter and Mars are falling for you.

Then on 12-13th October we have a New Moon at 19 degrees 20 Libra. It happens exactly at 5.05pm PDT on the 12th, and 1.05am UK time on the 13th. If you have any planet or angle between 16-24 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn), you are likely to feel this. Watch for new ideas, thoughts, meetings, messages that spark something in a new direction for you, depending on where this falls in your chart.

The Sun and Moon are conjunct, as they always are at a New Moon, and they square Pluto in Capricorn and oppose Uranus in Aries, thus highlighting the Uranus-Pluto square. This may bring this symbolism of turbulence, intensity, unpredictability and eruptive energy to the fore again. Since Pluto went direct again on 25th September, the wide square between them is becoming closer again, peaking through late December and January, when they will only be a degree apart. In astrology, the more exact an aspect, the more likely it is to manifest in the world. If you have any planet or angle in the mid-degrees (13-15) of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), you may be likely to feel restless, or experience change coming suddenly from the outside into your life to break up old patterns to move you forward to the new. Remember, Uranus is the planet of awakening, so at this New Moon you may experience revelations or insights which are powerful.

Venus is square to Saturn at this New Moon, again suggesting the re-evaluation of relationships. It is opposing Neptune, so could boost your creativity in a new way. However, the square between Saturn and Neptune which will continue for much of 2016 is more challenging. At its best it has a sense of making real the dream; applying effort to achieve a vision you might have held for some time. As mentioned above, Saturn also represents borders, boundaries, and laws and regulations. As it is in Sagittarius these may particularly concern foreign matters, foreigners, belief systems, travel and even law and education. Squaring Neptune means that policies over these issues may be confused, or even chaotic. Things are not as they seem, so borders, policies, and promises can all slip or ‘dissolve’, in true Neptune fashion.

Where does this new beginning fall for you, in your chart?

Then on 27th October we have a Full Moon in Taurus. This happens at 3 degrees 44 Taurus, at 5.05am PDT and 1.05pm UK time. If you have any planet or angle between 0-6 degrees of fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius), you will be likely to feel this. This is the third of three Super Full Moons in a row, and as they only qualify as a SuperMoon if they are closer to the Earth than normal, they exert a stronger gravitational and electro-magnetic pull on the tides and the Earth’s tectonic plates. This is a cycle of closure, completion or culmination, depending on where it falls in your chart. It can also shine a light and reveal something that was previously unknown.

This Full Moon is shining a light on the qualities of Taurus. This is the sensual, fixed Earth plane; it can also be where we have attachment to beautiful or sentimental things, money, financial security, and keeping things the same. This Full Moon might make us aware of how we stay small if we are unwilling to change, if we stay attached to the material side of life too much. As Venus (ruler of Taurus) is opposing Chiron in Pisces, we are being encouraged to find beauty in the Divine, in the world of the spirit, and the oneness of all life. This will help us to flow with all life, and not stay stuck in attachment. Or perhaps the balance is the other way, and we aren’t grounded, or responsible with money. This Full Moon may highlight these issues. However, it can be a healing Full Moon, and help us to connect to the grounding, wisdom and nourishment of the Earth.

Here we have Mercury coming into a T-square with Uranus and Pluto (at the New Moon earlier this month it was the Sun and Moon), so the Uranus-Pluto square continues to be highlighted. We may see this expressed in volatile, angry words, or transport or technology disruptions, but also in having insightful, innovative ideas.

Overall, the next year should be a positive one for anyone with Virgo emphasis in their chart, particularly Sun, Moon or Ascendant, as Jupiter remains there until September 2016. However there is an extra benefit for Virgo emphasis people in October, as Venus and Mars are also in Virgo. For the second half of the month, from 18th onwards, they are in close aspect. If you have anything between 13-22 degrees of Virgo, you will benefit from this. Jupiter on its own can bring abundance, wisdom, and opportunities for personal growth, study and travel, but with Mars and Venus there too, it emphasises drive, focus, success, and an improved financial situation. Again, the meaning and manifestation will vary according to where it falls in your chart; is it in the 9th house, success with legalities, or some metaphysical study you are doing? Is it in the 10th, career success? Is in in the 11th, success with some group/networking endeavour?

Importantly, Mars crosses the degree of the Solar Eclipse (20 Virgo) on the 28th October, which could energise whatever began for you at the Eclipse in early September. Venus crosses this degree the next day, 29th, bringing creativity, success, love or beauty into the picture of the Eclipse for you. Really watch these dates as you start to observe patterns in your life unfolding.

“Understand that thou art the world in little, and hast within thee the Sun and the Moon, and also the stars.”

The Next Step Newsletter September 2015 – Two Powerful Eclipses

August Review

Some highlights:

1st August: We were still very much under the light and strong emotions of the Full Moon in Aquarius on 31st July. At this Full Moon, the Moon was in Aquarius, and the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter were all in Leo, the sign of the Lion. Just a few days before, Cecil the Lion had been killed by a hunter, and social media (Aquarius, the collective) was swamped by massive on-line petitions. The hunter, a dentist from Minnesota, went into hiding, and within less than a week the following airlines had banned the transport of big game hunting: Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Emirates, Iberia Airlines, Quantas and Air Canada. As recently as May this year Delta had said they would continue carrying big game trophies, but they stated the change in policy had been as a result of ‘massive on-line petitions’.

On 1st, Jeff Ramsey, a spokesman for the Botswana government, stated that “all sports hunting is banned in Botswana. No licences are given”.

The powerful emotions generated by this killing at the Full Moon created a wave of revulsion, expressed via social media. Leo is connected to our individual power, as well as being the symbol of the lion, and Aquarius is how we find expression of that power within the collective. This was one of the principal themes of the Full Moon in Aquarius. There is also a increasing recognition as we move into this new paradigm that all beings are connected, we are all part of one holistic universe.

2nd August: There was an exact square between Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Leo on the 2nd. Jupiter and Saturn in aspect are connected with society’s rules (Saturn) and laws (Jupiter), what we as a so-called civilised society believe is correct. Jupiter in Leo can be connected with excess, greed and opulence. So running up hard against Saturn, which curbs excess, has made us question how we have plundered and exploited nature. This also foreshadows the move of Jupiter from Leo (party time) into Virgo (husbandry of the Earth, enjoying its simple pleasures, being in rhythm with it). After protest by tens of thousands of people in London, the government cancelled a scheduled free vote on hunting (the government had been wanting to make the hunting of foxes by dogs legal again in the UK).

3rd August: It is important also to note that the background of the Uranus-Pluto square of the last three years has also brought challenges to the over-powerful corrupt governments, corporations and banks, with their malpractice. As evidence of this, we have seen how the banks have been fined for corruption, and Uranus has also ‘shone the light of truth’ on Pluto, big corporations, banks, and irresponsible use of power. Pluto is also associated with the rich and powerful, and it has connections to illicit, illegal sexual practices such as child abuse. We have seen many revelations of this (ie Jimmy Savile) over the last three years. On the 3rd August, the UK police watchdog was to investigate why it had failed to pursue allegations of child abuse made against the former UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath. Lord Jenner of the House of Lords is also accused of multiple cases of child abuse which were never investigated at the time.

Lord Sewell, head of the Standards Committee in the House of Lords, has been discovered snorting cocaine with prostitutes, and forced to step down from the House. This may result in a change in the law (Saturn square Jupiter) to ‘prevent the Lords being brought into disrepute’.

Also on the 3rd, former City trader Tom Hayes was jailed for 14 years for his part in rigging Libor rates (bank lending rate). This is the first trial of its kind, and there will be more to follow. This is a combination of the Uranus-Pluto square as above, and the Saturn-Jupiter square, what society will no longer tolerate, that is punishable by law.

Also on the 3rd, the Greek stock exchange which had been shut for 5 weeks re-opened, and fell around 23%, wiping 8 billion euros from stock values. Greek banks shares fell by as much as 30%. This reflects the uncertainty and turbulence of the Uranus-Pluto square, which has been connected to the twists and turns of Greece’s economic situation with regard to the euro (see July newsletter, and also Chapter 10 of my book, anticipating economic difficulties with Greece and the Eurozone).

4th August: Several days of Californian wildfires had erupted, with 13,000 people having to be evacuated. The Uranus-Pluto square is associated with extreme weather, such as the drought in California, and this exact same aspect was prevailing during the Dust Bowl conditions in the US in the 1930s (see Chapter 9 of my book).

8th August: This day is known as the Lions Gate portal. We still have three planets in Leo at this time, and images of lions are everywhere across social media. Jupiter was conjunct Regulus at this time, which is known as ‘The Lion’s Heart’. On the 8th, the Earth aligned with the Sun and the star Sirius, which many sensitive people feel as the powerful light waves from the Galactic Sun, via our own Sun to Sirius, as igniting energy shifts and changes in consciousness. Uranus is known as ‘The Great Awakener’, and since going stationary retrograde on 26th July, there seems to have been an awakening to a greater sensitivity to the sanctity of life, particularly with regard to the animal world. See the ‘Mercy for Animals’ video, and the powerful speech given by a former Citibank vice-president, as an example of this new-found respect for all life. This is a re-awakening to the interconnectedness of all things.

8th August: Carphone Warehouse have suffered a cyber-attack (Uranus-Pluto manifestation), and state that the personal records of 2.4 million users.

11th August: The Chinese government made a surprise decision to devaluate their currency, the yuan, by 3% over three days, the largest yuan devaluation in 20 years. This was consistent with the backdrop of the Uranus-Pluto square, but also that Venus (currencies) was retrograde, suggesting potential ‘reversals of direction’ in some currency values. As a result other Asian currencies fell too. Venus was square to Saturn, suggesting anxiety about currency movements. One concern is currency manipulation, where one country gains unfair trade advantage as a result of such devaluations.

11th August: The migrant situation on the Greek island of Kos is ‘out of control’ said the Mayor of the island; the migrant crisis is likely to worsen as Saturn re-enters Sagittarius (foreigners) and again squares Neptune (at sea, lost, refugees) in mid-September. Later this month another area of the crisis emerged as migrants tried to enter Macedonia from Greece.

17th August: 300 of Hilary Clinton’s private e-mails are allegedly being scrutinised for classified information. Here again Uranus is shining the light of truth on any cover-ups of powerful people.

18th August: The FDA approves a female viagra pill, on the day that the Moon (female) opposes Uranus (innovation, excitement), and Saturn (laws and regulations) nears the end of Scorpio, the sign associated with sexuality.

19th August: Jupiter entered Virgo on 11th August, and new developments in nanotechnology were anticipated. Today we saw one such example, when it was announced that carbon nanofibres can be manufactured from CO2 in the air, and these can be used as manufacturing materials.

21st August: Alexander Tsipras has announced his resignation and new elections to be called in September, at a very powerful time exactly between the eclipses (see below). A new rebel party is emerging lead by the former energy minister who opposed the bailout deal, called Popular Unity (Laiki Enotita). This uncertainty after a very brief period of calm may plunge the Eurozone back into difficulties, one of the reasons that world stock markets dropped dramatically this week. This is another reflection of the Uranus-Pluto square, associated with turbulence and uncertainty, and reflects a change in the country’s status that was expected, as detailed in an earlier post this month.

21st August: North Korea puts troops on war alert after exchange of fire with the South. This move which is potentially threatening and also increases instability is also a reflection of the Uranus-Pluto symbolism.

21st August: Protests in Ferguson Missouri where several black men have been killed by white police officers ‘rekindled the civil rights protests of the 1960s’. Uranus was in conjunction with Pluto in 1965-66, and many of the same themes of protest, demands for equality and freedom are being felt under the Uranus-Pluto square of 2011-16. This is discussed at length in my book Chapters 9 and 10.

24th August: The Full Moon in Pisces was building at this time, where Neptune was highlighted not only because of its rulership of Pisces but also the opposition to Jupiter. The negative expression of this symbolism is ‘things not being as they seem’, and a lack of trust in our leaders. The huge falls in stock market values over the last week, in China by over 12%, and 40% down since June, and western markets down by as much as 7% in a day, reflect the concern that China has not been honest about its growth figures over the last few years, and that the economy is actually much weaker. At worst a strong Neptune emphasis signals deception, and lack of control.

Neptune is the planet most associated with oil, and when aspected by Jupiter (the planet of exaggeration), it can exaggerate price peaks and falls. In this case, since the opposition has been building, we have seen the collapse of oil down to a six year low of $39 a barrel for the first time since February 2009.

24th August: Two customers of the ‘Have an Affair” Ashley Madison website have apparently taken their own lives in Canada. The website was hacked (mentioned in last month’s newsletter) and 33 million customers’ account details were stolen. Venus is retrograde (going back over previous love encounters) and Saturn was in the last two degrees of Scorpio, the sign most associated with passionate and secret sexual matters and intense emotion, and these last degrees ‘a time of reckoning’.

31st August: At the Jupiter-Neptune opposition, Italian energy group Eni says it has found a massive natural gas field off the Egyptian coast. Jupiter is that planet associated with anything ‘massive’, as it is the planet of expansion, and Neptune is associated with gas; so this is a perfectly accurate manifestation of that symbolism.

September 2015

We have two powerful eclipses in September, a Solar and a Lunar. Eclipses are pivot points; if you have a planet or axis in your birthchart aspected within 4 degrees of an eclipse by conjunction or opposition, it can initiate sudden and profound changes in your life. Eclipses act like portals, allowing through more magnetic energy as the Sun, Moon and Earth align. They can act like a ‘reboot’ for our consciousness, as unexpected events can occur which take you off in a new and unanticipated direction. They can jump your life forwards towards your destiny. Particularly if the eclipses fall on your Sun, Moon or axes, they can result in increased prominence for you. They can bring about deep periods of transformation when planets are aspected, and it is said that the influence of an eclipse’s effects are as many years as the duration of the eclipse is in hours, usually around three and a half hours: therefore three and a half years. However, the closer to exactitude on 13th September, the more you are likely to notice the beginning of something new.

The Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees 10 Virgo occurs on 12th September at 11.41pm PST and 7.41am UK time on the 13th. This is a partial Solar Eclipse, visible from South Africa, SW Indian Ocean and northern parts of Antarctica, but not the Western world. Solar Eclipses are extra-big new moons, and in that sense they act like super-charged new beginnings, particularly if any of your planets are aspected within 4 degrees of the 20 degrees Virgo-Pisces axis (ie 16-24 degrees of Pisces or Virgo). For instance, if it is aspecting your Sun, it is likely to bring about increased prominence in the area which of life which your Sun rules in your birthchart, and this increased prominence is often as a result of a benefactor supporting you.

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The Solar Eclipse in Virgo is also likely to bring about new developments in healthcare, particularly natural healing. So energy healing, plant and herb medicine, homeopathy, essential oils, natural healing of all kinds will benefit from this. Its symbolism is connected to the wisdom of the Earth, which can provide everything we need to heal us, so it will reawaken our connection with the wisdom-keepers. It may increase the focus on natural resources, and the care and sustainability of the Earth itself. There are also likely to be developments in the area of nanotechnology, atomic and quantum physics, as Virgo rules the tiny. There will be a focus on efficiency, and a shift away from opulence, greed, and excess (negative expressions of Leo). There will also be a shift towards the importance of serving others in our day to day life, as part of a spiritual path.

At this Solar Eclipse, the Jupiter-Neptune opposition which was forming at the Full Moon in Pisces at the end of August, is moving to exactitude (exact on the 16th) and therefore is likely to be felt more strongly. Together, the symbolism is associated with mysticism and spiritual searching, as the Jupiterian search for meaning blends with the Neptunian search for oneness. It is linked to philanthropy and altruism, so it works well with the ‘spiritual service’ of Virgo. At its best, this symbolism can encourage ‘blue sky’ thinking, where we envisage greater possibilities and visions for our lives. At worst, it can be deluded, or issues of trust can come up, as this aspect is associated with ‘things not being clear’, or deliberately obscured.

This latter theme may be more apparent as the day after the Jupiter-Neptune aspect becomes exact, on the 17th, Mercury goes retrograde at 16 degrees Libra. It will come to this degree on 24th October after going direct again. So whatever you are thinking about or planning around the 17th September, you are likely to rethink and re-evaluate as Mercury retrogrades, then press forwards with these ideas around 24th October. Watch for these patterns.

Another important aspect to this Solar Eclipse is that Chiron is tightly opposing the Sun and Moon, encouraging us to move our spiritual perspective upwards, and shift level. The ‘mystic bridge’ symbolism is in line with the Jupiter-Neptune opposition of reaching for a more perfect reality.

Uranus is in aspect to the Sun and the Moon, and this aspect (quincunx)has an insistent quality; consistent with Saturn’s move back into Sagittarius on the 17th, both of these are associated with living our truth, our authenticity, and our individuality more fully.

After the Solar Eclipse, planetary transits to this same degree re-activate the Eclipse energy, but also bring in their own symbolism to it. So Mars passes over the Eclipse degree on 27th October, and energises it. Venus passes over it on the 29/30th, bringing love or creativity into the picture. Jupiter hits the Eclipse degree on 23rd November, and then again on 22nd February and 21st July 2016. This can bring further opportunities, growth and abundance to whatever was unfolding at the Eclipse itself. If the Eclipse is aspecting a planet or axis in your brithchart, really watch around these dates to see what manifests. Then you are using astrology strategically to co-create in your own life, one of the reasons we study astrology.

Then on the 27th September at 7.50pm PST and 3.50am UK time on the 28th, we have a Total Lunar Eclipse at 4 degrees 40 Aries. This is very powerful, as it is the fourth of four Total Lunar Eclipses in a row, and it is also the second SuperMoon of the year (after the Full Moon in Pisces on the 29th August). It also happens to be the closest SuperMoon of the year. Again, we can expect it to have a stronger than normal gravitational and electromagnetic pull on the tides, tectonic plates, and our consciousness. It will be visible across Western Europe (although of course it will be night time, so in that sense not visible), Africa, South America and the east coast of America.

A Lunar Eclipse is an extra-big Full Moon, so it is a cycle of completion, culmination or closure. What seeds did you plant at the earlier eclipses in March/April 2015, which are now coming to fruition? Can you follow the patterns to see how successfully these have unfolded for you? Where does 4 degrees 40 Aries fall in your chart, which area of life is coming to culmination? A Lunar Eclipse can also indicate that ‘something is coming to light’ in that area of life. Just as with the Solar Eclipse, particularly if you have a planet or axis conjunct or opposite this Lunar Eclipse, you are likely to see the manifestations in line with the symbolism of the planet being aspected. See my two-part tutorial videos for more explanation here.

The Lunar Eclipse is just four days after the Autumn Equinox (23rd), and when they occur closely like this, they create a stronger portal. The magnetic field of the Earth drops at the Equinox, to allow us to access downloads of information, which sensitive people feel very strongly.

The Lunar Eclipse in Aries is going to be about relationships, and the Moon is in Aries and the Sun in Libra. Aries=Me and Libra=Us. Also the Moon is conjunct the Nodal axis, suggesting that the importance of this Lunar Eclipse is not just for personal relationships, but for relationships in a bigger, collective sense. It is linked to our sense of justice, harmony, and balance in the world, and suggests that this is a powerful evolutionary time.

Finally, soon after this Lunar Eclipse from 6-11th October, the Sun highlights the separating Uranus-Pluto square, to bring its symbolism of turbulence and sudden unexpected events back into our consciousness.

“Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars”

R.W. Emerson

August 2015 – Jupiter into Virgo

Review of July 2015

5th July: Just as the T-square was forming between the Sun, Uranus and Pluto, the Greek people voted by 61% to 38% to reject the bailout deal. There were many angry protests, reflecting this symbolism. The Sun, in highlighting the Uranus-Pluto square, brought up the classic manifestations of rebellion, protest, and demands for greater equality and freedom. Uranus particularly is to do with sudden surprises and unexpected events. Through the 6th-12th July while this aspect was prevailing, it was hard to keep up with the twists and turns of events in this Greek drama, true to the symbolism in the Heavens of ‘unpredictability’ and ‘surprises’.

6th July: Crisis meetings were held across the Eurozone to deal with the Greek situation, as the banks were going to completely run out of money within a few days.

The Greek crisis has been running for years, but it appeared to be coming to a head at this time. I looked at the ‘birthchart’ for Greece. A birthchart of a country is calculated when new legal and political institutions are set up, and the chart I am working with is set at 12.00 noon Athens 13 January 1822. Transiting Uranus, planet of independence, separation, and asserting one’s individuality, in late June 2015 was directly square to the MC, the status of a country, and also the Sun, the head of state, in this case the Prime Minister. There is an urge to be radical, be a maverick, want to cut loose and be outspoken, and follow your truth. Transiting Uranus is also conjunct Saturn, the government, and connected to Greece’s status (Capricorn MC) in the world; also to Jupiter, connected to foreign relations and other countries’ money invested in Greece. These aspects were associated with the uncertainty and turbulence around all of those areas. The transiting Uranus-Pluto square also aspects Mercury, which is connected to Greece’s finances, wealth, trade, and also the ‘health’ of a nation (e.g. shortage of medicines).

All these aspects continue through July and August, returning in April/May 2016. Transiting Neptune is conjunct Venus, the wealth and money of the country, and as Venus rules the Ascendant, this also suggests a ‘dissolution of identity’. These transits dramatically describe what Greece is going through. We now know that the Greek crisis seems to have abated, but there may be more of this story to come, as the astrology suggests.

Similarly, the UK experienced a direct ‘hit’ from transiting Uranus to the Ascendant (identity) of the 1801 Chart of the Act of Union at the time of the Scottish Referendum. This, as we know, was not successful, but it was experienced as an assertion of individuality and independence, but Scotland, and it potentially rocked the Union between Scotland and the rest of the UK to its roots. The shocks to our constitution are rare.

The Greek situation is similar, but much more complex as reflected in the number of aspects to financial, economic, political and medical areas of the chart. Greece was one of the countries mentioned in Chapter 9 of my book, along with the EU and Eurozone charts, that were/are receiving specific aspects from the Uranus-Pluto square we have been experiencing since 2012.

8th July: The New York Stock Exchange shut down for 3 hours due to a ‘technical glitch’ at the same time as the Wall Street Journal website also shut down (Uranus-Pluto square, highlighted by the Sun).

9th July: It was declared that the Chinese Stock Exchange had suffered a 30% loss in value since the beginning of the year. Regulators enforced a ban on selling stocks for 6 months for those who hold more than 5% of any stock. This demonstrates the ‘control’ factor of those in power (Pluto) at a time of financial turbulence (Uranus).

9th July: United Airlines in the US grounded flights due to a ‘technical glitch’ (!) (Uranus-Pluto)

9th July: The London Tube shuts down for 24 hours (Uranus is linked with strikes, against the power of the corporation, Pluto).

13th July: A gunman holds up 10 people near Paris. This Uranus-Pluto square is potentially violent and unpredictable.

14th July: NASA’s New Horizons probe was at its closest point to Pluto today. It had been travelling for 9 years, and covered 3 billion miles. Mercury (planet of transport) and Mars (linked to propulsion) were now in the T-square to Uranus and of course Pluto itself. The Uranus-Pluto square is historically linked to breaking through to a bigger reality, new discoveries (see Chapters 9 and 10 of my book).

15th July: Riot police in Athens tried to control the protestors on the streets who were throwing petrol bombs. The police had to use tear-gas to control the crowds. Tempers frayed in the Greek Parliament. All of these protests and disruptions are classic manifestations of Uranus-Pluto aspects, and Mars can bring a degree of violence too.

16th July. IS claim to have launched missiles at an Egyptian Navy ship.

17th July: Several explosions erupted at a wood factory near Macclesfield, UK, with a major fire that killed four people. A major fire broke out on the east side of Athens. Again, Mars-Uranus-Pluto combustible and inflammatory aspects.

17th July: 4 Marines were killed in Tennessee by a gunman linked to terrorism.

21st July: French Ferrymen setting fire to tyres at Calais to protest (Mars-Uranus-Pluto) against recent losses.

21st July: Ashley Madison, the website for married people who are looking for an affair, was hacked and the hackers threatened to reveal the identity of the 37 million users. Pluto is associated with anything hidden, secrets, often of a sexual or illicit nature, and Uranus shines the light of truth on these. Uranus-Pluto aspects are associated with hacking and cyber crime.

23rd July: NASA’s Kepler telescope has discovered the most ‘Earth-like’ planet so far, called Kepler-452b. It is apparently small and cool enough to host liquid water hospitable to life. It is 1,400 light years from Earth. Uranus-Pluto aspects are historically associated with new discoveries, often those which expand the nature of our reality.

24th July: A gunman opened fire in a cinema in Louisiana, killing two and injuring several others. There was a Mars-Uranus-Pluto aspect that day, associated with sudden and unexpected violence.

26th July: Lord Sewell, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords in the UK, has resigned after a video allegedly showed him taking cocaine with prostitutes. Again the light of Uranus’ truth is shone on underhand, sexual activities. Pluto is often associated with the powerful in society.  Uranus was in a strong position that day, as it was stationary retrograde.

27th July: The Chinese Stock Exchange fell -8%, the biggest single one day fall, despite the earlier controls (see above) by the regulators. The BBC news reported that the only thing that was certain was ‘uncertainty’. A perfectly accurate expression for Uranus stationary retrograde.

28th July: As we move towards the Full Moon, feelings often run high. In this case it was over the tragic killing of Cecil the Lion. At the Full Moon, the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter were all in Leo, the sign of the Lion, and the Moon was in Aquarius.  Aquarius is connected to the collective, and social media. The Moon represents the people, as well as our emotions. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, linked to the Internet. There was collective global sadness, that has been widely and powerfully expressed across social  media.

30th July: 886 Dutch citizens successfully sued their government for their inaction on climate change. This is an excellent example of the aspect between Uranus (individual) and Pluto (governmental power). The individuals have succeeded against the traditional power of the huge power of the government, an on-going theme of the Uranus-Pluto square, in initiating a new paradigm.

August 2015

There is a big call now and all through August to simplify, simplify, simplify. This is suggested by the Saturn-Pluto aspect and mutual reception (they are in each other’s signs), to trim life down to the essentials of what you really need, to lose the clutter and superfluous elements which aren’t helping you grow. As Venus turned retrograde on Saturday 25th July, this will help us to identify the important values in our lives, and whether we are actually happy with the way our lives are set up. Are they too complicated? Are they full of things that we feel we have to do, rather than want to do? We need to simplify life so we are living in line with our values, living them fully every day.

So some good questions to ask yourself in the coming month, are how can you simplify your life? How can you get more joy, pleasure and self-love in your life? How can you nurture yourself better? How can you feel more alive and authentic? How can you express the best you can be?

This is also a retrospective period, as on 26th July Venus moved retrograde, and we will have 5 planets in retrograde motion: Venus, Uranus, Neptune, Chiron and Pluto all through August. This is a strong call to turn inwards, to contemplate, and also to release old repressed energies. Saturn is currently retrograde, turning direct on August 2nd, but is still in the final degrees of Scorpio; it won’t return there until 2041, and while it is in that sign it is a particularly good time to dig deep into feelings and emotions that you may not have wanted to look at or deal with for a very long time. Scorpio tends to hold deep, repressed, and intense energy. Well, this is the time, as Saturn starts to move direct on August 2nd, and will leave Scorpio for Sagittarius in mid-September. Commit to yourself you will put down all the old emotional baggage to move forwards with clarity and a lighter heart.

As Jupiter moves from Leo to Virgo on 11th August, where it will stay until September 2016, it will set a different tone. While in Leo there was emphasis on creativity, and having a good time, but it can also be associated with opulence and excess. When it moves into Virgo, as well as the expected developments described in my latest video https://youtu.be/ndH6Wf1s-lc, there is a strong feeling of careful and efficient use of our own, and the Earth’s, resources. We move from the profligate to the careful. Virgo is about discrimination and purity, and together with the Saturn-Pluto aspect of simplification, there will be a sense of finding joy in simple pleasures, like being in nature. We will become more aware of the wisdom of the Earth, and all her amazing bounty that can heal anything that ails us. All this can take us away from materialism and back to natural essentials. There will be joy in the simple, joy in the small. There is a strong sense of humble spiritual service about this, of offering small daily acts of kindness.

Jupiter in Virgo suggests the ancient wisdom-keepers of the Earth, Goddess energy, plant and herb medicine, essential oils, and natural healing of all kinds. These things are likely to become more prominent over the next year up to September 2016 when Jupiter leaves Virgo. Another aspect of Jupiter in Virgo is the celebration of the small, the tiny, so we may see growth in the understanding of the sub-atomic, the quantum, and nanotechnology. The microchip (the tiny) was invented in the 1960s when there was a conjunction between Uranus (technological innovation) and Pluto (revolution).

The combination of the themes of simplification, discrimination, and focusing on your values may also lead to the development of one-person global businesses which offer to make your life simpler, and happier.

During the first half of August, exact on the the 3rd, there is a square between Jupiter and Saturn. People born during the last few days of Scorpio or Leo may feel this most.  We may have to endure limits, be realistic, or face fears, to do with all that we want to do in life. Jupiter makes us want to expand, have bigger horizons, but Saturn wants us to knuckle down to our responsibilities and be realistic about our abilities before we can step into a bigger life. This feels like thorough preparation before the powerful eclipses in September bring in some very different opportunities for many of us; more about those in the next newsletter.

I believe that with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square through August, power structures will continue to be challenged. We have seen this over the last thee years of the Uranus-Pluto square with the banks being fined, and bad practice and corruption being revealed, with the FIFA scandal, with child abuse scandals when famous and prominent people we implicated. There seems to be a struggle between big governments and institutions which wish to control our lives, and are are exerting more control (such as the situation with the Eurozone and Greece), and the increasing desire for people to have freedom and simplicity in their lives. It is very interesting that Pluto was discovered in 1930, and is associated with power. In March 1930 Ghandi led his protests with the Salt Marsh against the British Government, which he considered to be over-powerful. Money meant nothing to Ghandi. We are likely to see more efforts by governments and the Eurozone to exert ‘power’ over its citizens, but part of the new emerging paradigm is that these ‘top down’ organisations may face serious challenges. We are shifting to the power of the individual, the power of our own thinking, vibration, and the potential to create our own reality.

In line with this sense of our own power, we have a beautiful New Moon at 21 degrees 30 Leo on 14th August, at 7.53am PST, and 3.53pm UK time. People who are likely to feel this most are anyone born any year between 8-12th February, 9-14th May, 10-16th August, or 10-16th November. At this New Moon, we have five planets in fire. Uranus is in Aries, Mars has just entered Leo, and the Sun and Moon are in a tight conjunction with Venus in Leo. Fire is associated with exuberance, enthusiasm, love of life, and the Sun-Moon-Venus conjunction in Leo is about big heart energy. This is not only about generosity, but much more about living from the heart in an open, loving, compassionate way. It is the sign most associated with ‘letting your unique light shine’, and truly expressing your individual gifts in the world. It is creative, joyful and playful.  As Venus is retrograde, it has a slightly more introspective side to it too, making us ask whether we truly have enough love, joy and pleasure in our lives. Are you happy?  A good question to ask yourself as you go through your days, is “is this loving to me?”, whether it is a relationship or a job or home situation, depending on where this falls in your chart.

There is a very inspiring side to this New Moon, which is that Uranus, the planet most associated with individuality and spontaneity, is in positive aspect to this Sun-Moon-Venus conjunction. This brings in a vibrancy, an exhilaration, a feeling of adventure and throwing oneself into life’s unexpected opportunities. A New Moon is always a new beginning. Where does this fall in your chart, as that will tell you what kind of a new beginning it is, and in which area of life? This feels like an unexpected and exciting new beginning, that can bring about more new opportunities for creativity, self-expression, and pure joy and love in life. Venus will remain in Leo until 9th October, much longer than usual, to give us lots of opportunity to live from a greater sense of heart energy.

Then on 29th August we have a Full Moon at 6 degrees 06 Pisces, happening at 11.35am PST and 7.35pm UK time. This is also the first of three SuperMoons in a row, the others following in September (also a Total Lunar Eclipse), and October. This is where the Moon is at a very close point in its orbit to the Earth (perigee), and it therefore exerts a much stronger gravitational pull on the tides and Earth’s tectonic plates. We feel this in our consciousness too, and this Full Moon may be a particularly emotional one, with feelings running high.

This is not only because the Moon is in Pisces, but it is also conjunct Neptune, which rules Pisces. This increases our sensitivity and psychic ability, particularly if you were born any year between 23-27th February, 25-29th May, 27-31st August, or 26-30th November . We may feel more creative, compassionate, and hyperscentient than usual.

Neptune dissolves boundaries, and therefore we can feel much more empathetic with others. Feelings always tend to run high at a Full Moon, particularly when it is in a water sign. Jupiter is opposing Neptune here; Jupiter is connected to the search for meaning, and Neptune is connected to the search for unconditional love and oneness, so this combination is linked to mysticism, and the spiritual path, and wanting to move to a more perfect reality.  It is also associated with philanthropy and altruism, so you may want to begin something humanitarian or charitable at this time.

The Sun and Moon are always opposite each other at a Full Moon, and in this case the Sun is conjunct Jupiter. This brings a big-heartedness and a generosity into our feelings, but as with the previous New Moon in Leo, it is about living from our heart energy. Mars and Venus are conjunct at 15 degrees Leo (exact on August 31st), which can bring in creativity with flair and strong colour, and also romance, particularly if you have any planet or angle around that point.

So this Full Moon can have a soaring, inspirational impetus, a feeling of transcending normal boundaries of perception. We can see future possibilities (Jupiter) and visions (Neptune) beyond our normal limitations, to act as guiding lights as we move forwards.

Full Moons are always cycles of completion or culmination. Where does this fall in your birthchart? If you know this, it will give much more meaning to all my updates for you. It is easy to obtain a free birthchart on line (eg www.chaosastrology.com), then if you purchase my two part video series you will be able to see what this means in your life, for any astrological aspect over the coming years, and you can keep referring back to it. Click this link to be taken to my store: https://gumroad.com/l/FHjOZ.

September promises to be a powerful month with two eclipses; more of that next time.

“The world is a divine dream, suspended between the boundaries of time, space and matter.”
Syd Banks

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