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Every now and again, astrological transits demonstrate themselves in such an obvious and straightforward way, they leave me smiling to myself in disbelief. I used to make a note of these events in my personal diary, but have decided to share them with you for entertainment value and hopefully to enrich your understanding of astrology, too.

We currently have transiting Mars at 16° Sagittarius placing him very close to my descendant. My descendant also happens to be my Sun–Moon midpoint as well as the Uranus–Neptune midpoint in my natal chart. The following is a little story about how Mars on my descendant in Sagittarius manifested for me today.

It was a particularly cold morning and I had the joyus task of de-icing the car. I can’t help but blow smoke rings with my cold breath, reliving my days as a smoker. ‘Blur: The Best Of’ (a particular favourite of mine) played through the closed doors of the car as the engine’s warm hum melted the frost from the bonnet. (For the record, being ‘The Best Of’ anything is a very Mars mindset, and cars are a symbol of Mars as well). So far, so good.

Through the muffled music and scraper cracking through ice on the windscreen, I heard a strange noise which to my recollection was not part of the track – or was it? Screwing my face up and straining to hear where the sound was coming from, the other early-birds on my street were also looking around. They must be able to hear the noise too?

Preaching to the Convertible

It took a while, but eventually I realised it was a woman shouting; about what I couldn’t be sure. As she turned the corner onto my street it became clear. I was dealing with a pyjama wearing preacher! She decided that the morning of the 22nd of February with the Sun in the early degrees of Pisces, would be the perfect time to spend the word of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. At the top of her lungs, no less!

A red Ferrari with the Pope inside – So Mars in Sagittarius!

Now I wouldn’t normally let this bother me too much, but at 6:55am I felt it was a tad inconsiderate. Not only to my neighbours with very young children but also my poorly bedridden boyfriend, marooned at home with Gastroenteritis and Tonsillitis.

Ice-scraper in hand, I decided to assert myself into the situation. I politely asked preachy-lady to keep the noise down and consider the other people who live on the road who were trying to sleep – especially my sick and delirious Sagittarius boyfriend (represented by my descendant) suffering with a very high temperature and horrible fever (the passing transit of Mars). The preacher woman proceeded to tell me that “God likes it when we use our voices loudly”. She then motioned rudely by inserting her right index finger into the ‘O’ shape she created with her index finger and thumb of her left hand, asking me whether my boyfriend and I have a sexual (Mars) relationship (descendant/7H cusp). “It is not allowed” she said. “It is a sin” (the dogmatic approach that Sagittarius can adopt).

The Man Behind The Mars

Unfortunately by that point she had my back up a bit. She raised her voice again and started stomping down the street, continuing on her mission. A man who I assume was her partner came angrily storming down the street to drag her away. This is Mars, but instead of being the passionate and provocative preacher, her partner embodied the speedy and aggressive aspect of Mars.

A lot of my neighbours were on their doorsteps or leaning out their windows at this point and by the time the preacher had left, we were all raising our eyebrows and smiling at each other over our shared experience of quirky irritation – a little bonding experience for the street. Interestingly, Mars in my natal chart rules my 11th house of shared experience and common purpose, and I also have Mars in quirky Aquarius natally – this part of the proceedings was such an 11th house/Aquarian experience and through the community focussed lens of my Gemini Ascendant.

Love Thy Neighbour

I can only assume as this woman went on her mission through the streets, spreading her religious message in the hope of inspiring people (mutable fire) to believe in God, but in doing so made people angry, by aggressively and inconsiderately imposing her own beliefs and judgement on people. Most people would be tolerable of this type of behaviour (it’s an everyday occurrence in my hometown) but as it was 6:55am in a residential area, tolerance levels were low!

The Pyjama Preacher: 6:55am 22 February 2017, Northampton, UK.

As I hopped in my car and drove off, all I could think of was the astrological symbolism being so spot on! It’s those little moments when you have to acknowledge astrology permeating everything. Once you train your brain to recognise the symbolism, you can read it in every moment that passes.

Looking back at the Chart of the moment, transiting Mars (and my natal descendant) were culminating on the Midheaven (the highest and most exposed point of the chart).

My natal Mars (not seen in the picture) is rising on the Ascendant, or the 9 ‘o’ clock position if viewing like a clock. The Pisces stellium in the first house and Jupiter in Scorpio in the 9th house gives this chart, a particularly pious bent. Interesting that this lady was wearing her pyjamas – dark brown with light pink flowers – The Moon in Taurus opposite Jupiter in Scorpio would opt for comfort over style when venturing out to spread her religious beliefs and judgements of local folk engaging in pre-marital sex. Interestingly, The Moon–Jupiter opposition from the 3rd house of local area and neighbours to the 9th house of religion, philosophy and law, forms a highly energetic T-Square with the ascendant and my natal mars as the apex. As a result, a religious confrontation occurred whilst de-icing my car. The ruler of the Ascendant, Uranus in Aries is in the 3rd house, making this a particularly headstrong chart, and allowing the magic of this strange and special moment to be viewed by all and sundry… Yes, it was silly.

Another nice touch is that I am teaching Mars: Make Love Not War at the London School of Astrology on Saturday. Just another nice little synchronicity and a good way to immerse myself in the meaning of that planet in order to teach a room full of astrology students; another expression of Mars in Sagittarius on my descendant, ruling my 11th house of common purpose.

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Every now and again, astrological transits demonstrate themselves in such an obvious and straightforward way, they leave me smiling to myself in disbelief. I used to make a note of these events in my personal diary, but have decided to share them with you for entertainment value and hopefully to enrich your understanding of astrology, too.

We currently have transiting Mars at 16° Sagittarius placing him very close to my descendant. My descendant also happens to be my Sun–Moon midpoint as well as the Uranus–Neptune midpoint in my natal chart. The following is a little story about how Mars on my descendant in Sagittarius manifested for me today.

It was a particularly cold morning and I had the joyus task of de-icing the car. I can’t help but blow smoke rings with my cold breath, reliving my days as a smoker. ‘Blur: The Best Of’ (a particular favourite of mine) played through the closed doors of the car as the engine’s warm hum melted the frost from the bonnet. For the record, being ‘The Best Of’ anything is a very Mars mindset, and cars are a symbol of Mars as well. So far, so good.

Through the muffled music and scraper cracking through ice on the windscreen, I heard a strange noise which to my recollection was not part of the track – or was it? Screwing my face up and straining to hear where the sound was coming from, the other early-birds on my street were also looking around. They must be able to hear the noise too?

Preaching to the Convertible

It took a while, but eventually I realised it was a woman shouting; about what I couldn’t be sure. As she turned the corner onto my street it became clear. I was dealing with a pyjama wearing preacher! She decided that the morning of the 22nd of February with the Sun in the early degrees of Pisces, would be the perfect time to spend the word of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. At the top of her lungs, no less!

A red Ferrari with the Pope inside – So Mars in Sagittarius!

Now I wouldn’t normally let this bother me too much, but at 6:55am I felt it was a tad inconsiderate. Not only to my neighbours with very young children but also my poorly bedridden boyfriend, marooned at home with Gastroenteritis and Tonsillitis.

Ice-scraper in hand, I decided to assert myself into the situation. I politely asked preachy-lady to keep the noise down and consider the other people who live on the road who were trying to sleep – especially my sick and delirious Sagittarius boyfriend (represented by my descendant) suffering with a very high temperature and horrible fever (the passing transit of Mars). The preacher woman proceeded to tell me that “God likes it when we use our voices loudly”. She then motioned rudely by inserting her right index finger into the ‘O’ shape she created with her index finger and thumb of her left hand, asking me whether my boyfriend and I have a sexual (Mars) relationship (descendant/7H cusp). “It is not allowed” she said. “It is a sin” (the dogmatic approach that Sagittarius can adopt).

The Man Behind The Mars

Unfortunately by that point she had my back up a bit. She raised her voice again and started stomping down the street, continuing on her mission. A man who I assume was her partner came angrily storming down the street to drag her away. This is Mars, but instead of being the passionate and provocative preacher, her partner embodied the speedy and aggressive aspect of Mars.

A lot of my neighbours were on their doorsteps or leaning out their windows at this point and by the time the preacher had left, we were all raising our eyebrows and smiling at each other over our shared experience of quirky irritation – a little bonding experience for the street. Interestingly, Mars in my natal chart rules my 11th house of shared experience and common purpose, and I also have Mars in quirky Aquarius natally – this part of the proceedings was such an 11th house/Aquarian experience and through the community focussed lens of my Gemini Ascendant.

Love Thy Neighbour

I can only assume as this woman went on her mission through the streets, spreading her religious message in the hope of inspiring people (mutable fire) to believe in God, but in doing so made people angry, by aggressively and inconsiderately imposing her own beliefs and judgement on people. Most people would be tolerable of this type of behaviour (it’s an everyday occurrence in my hometown) but as it was 6:55am in a residential area, tolerance levels were low!

The Pyjama Preacher: 6:05am 22 February 2017, Northampton, UK.

As I hopped in my car and I drove off, all I could think of was the astrological symbolism being so spot on! It’s those little moments when you have to acknowledge astrology permeating everything. Once you train your brain to recognise the symbolism, you can read it in every moment that passes.

Looking back at the Chart of the moment, transiting Mars (and my natal descendant) were culminating on the Midheaven (the highest and most exposed point of the chart).

My natal Mars (not seen in the picture) is rising on the Ascendant, or the 9 ‘o’ clock position if viewing like a clock. The Pisces stellium in the first house and Jupiter in Scorpio in the 9th house gives this chart, a particularly pious bent. Interesting that this lady was wearing her pyjamas – dark brown with light pink flowers – The Moon in Taurus opposite Jupiter in Scorpio would opt for comfort over style when venturing out to spread her religious beliefs and judgements of local folk engaging in pre-marital sex. Interestingly, The Moon–Jupiter opposition from the 3rd house of local area and neighbours to the 9th house of religion, philosophy and law, forms a highly energetic T-Square with the ascendant and my natal mars as the apex. As a result, a religious confrontation occurred whilst de-icing my car. The ruler of the Ascendant, Uranus in Aries is in the 3rd house, making this a particularly headstrong chart, and allowing the magic of this strange and special moment to be viewed by all and sundry… Yes, it was silly.

Another nice touch is that I am teaching Mars: Make Love Not War at the London School of Astrology on Saturday. Just another nice little synchronicity and a good way to immerse myself in the meaning of that planet in order to teach a room full of astrology students; another expression of Mars in Sagittarius on my descendant, ruling my 11th house of common purpose.

If you enjoyed this post or know someone else who will, please share it!

There are so many other aspects of this chart that I’ve not included in my post. I’d love you to share your insights, so please comment below.

For deeper insight on how any of the transits mentioned could affect you on a personal level, consider booking a reading with me.

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New Moon 27°07’ Aquarius on February 15th 2018 at 21:05 UT

The New Moon at 27°07’ on February 15th 2018 at 21:05 UT offers the opportunity to rationalise a situation which has been tangled up in emotion and blown out of proportion. There is a gift from Uranus, the planet of sudden change and cutting of ties – currently situated in Aries – as it is able to offer fresh perspective. This may occur as a sudden realisation that things have, or need to change. Perhaps it comes as a bolt from the blue with no prior warning – Uranus in Aries is very swift and gathers no moss! Whatever this moment of realisation is, it may well pull the rug from underneath you leaving you out there, on your own, flat on your derrière. This shift of consciousness from your previous state will offer enough clarity for you to look at the truth of the situation no matter how deeply buried it may have been.

The Allegory of the Cave

In London according to Universal Time (UT), the ascendant sign for this New Moon is in Libra, the sign of relationships, law and harmony. Often when Libra is in the mix, there is the need for diplomacy in some way or another, and there will have been a situation which needs to be tempered – before tempers fray! Venus, ruler of Libra is in Pisces during the New Moon. Venus in Pisces is a soft, malleable and Pisces is a creative place for her. In a sextile to Saturn, she can immerse herself in the comfort of a dreamy, protective littoral cave. However, her locality in this picturesque hidey-hole may actually be more like the Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave‘, obscuring her true perception of the outside world. Being thrust into the broad daylight outside the cave before she is ready can feel unfair. But if the conditions are right, she might just cope.

With Jupiter, planet of excess, currently transiting Scorpio, sign of secrets and transformation, the challenge of this New Moon is the desire to remain anonymous, whilst dealing with the revelatory power of Uranus who is offering an opportunity for whatever is below the surface, to expose itself. Both truthful signs, Scorpio wants to hold the truth down and keep it hidden in the depths, whilst Aquarius wants to thrust it up and onto the podium for all to see. This is an uncomfortable tension battling between self-preservation and the preservation of peace for all in the long-term. The phrase “you’ve got to be cruel to be kind” might be reverberating around your cranium right now and it’s true – the truth can be painful, but it’s also the key to closure and the fast-track to healing.

The Direct Approach

Speaking of temper, solo adventurer and spontaneous Mars in Sagittarius has a lot to say to both Aries and Scorpio as he is the ruler of both signs (traditionally Scorpio), giving him extra communication power to Jupiter and Uranus during this New Moon – especially to Jupiter as they are in each other’s signs meaning they are in mutual reception. Imagine popping over to your neighbours’ house and them popping into yours at the same time, and having a chat with them over the garden fence. They have a familiarity of territory enabling ease of communication. This makes Mars intrinsic to the process of this New Moon. As Sagittarius is such a buoyant and footloose sign it really allows a direct approach to the issues arising from the preceding days, through an honest and truthful lens. Sagittarius isn’t one to hold on, so the new information to be processed will be dealt with and released.

Are you currently keeping the truth from yourself? Holding on to a situation which is overdue for change? Or are you moving forward, ready for a new chapter and prepared to leave the past where it belongs? The future is a scary and unknown place if you wish to remain in the comfort of the familiar. But if you can let go, embrace the potential of the unknown and release your grip on now, the first day of the rest of your life is before you. Equipped with the knowledge of the past, you can become the new and improved you.

Clear headed and authentic, listen to your logic, and love the path you have chosen. The footprints of your past are being washed away by the waves; your blank canvas awaits.

Don’t forget to start creating your New Moon Wish List. If you haven’t already, download your copy now, completely free! Make sure you do, and get listing! If you aren’t sure what to do, check out my blog post Carpe Mensis: Creating a New Moon Wish List.

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Saturn's Return on HIJAC - YouTube

I recorded a radio show for HIJAC about Saturn in Capricorn, but have decided to share my experience of his residence in Capricorn, so far.

Why so serious, Saturn?

So 2018 is the year of getting serious. With Saturn’s ingress to Capricorn on 20th December 2017, there was a marked shift in the mood. I for one felt Saturn in a big way, but that could be as I am a Capricorn and he is the ruler of my Sun. So Saturn has entered my Solar first house, which for a Capricorn is meant to be like breathing a sigh of relief.

I immediately felt the weight of Saturn, my new workload brought a lot of responsibility, but I wasn’t afraid – I felt ready for it. What I wasn’t expecting was the heavy mood I experienced. I suddenly needed a lot more rest, and I had a difficult time being sociable and chirpy like I normally am. It felt difficult to be light hearted and have fun.

Heavyweight Saturn

Fortunately, I feel I have acclimatised to Saturn’s arrival in Capricorn. Mercury (my chart ruler) entered Capricorn on January 11th and It was then that I felt able to cope with the heaviness which Saturn brings. It wasn’t dread, doom or fear that I was feeling, just a depressive type of low which sat on my shoulders for a while. When Mercury entered Capricorn I suddenly felt lighter, and understand how I needed to work with Saturn in order to make Saturn work for me.

I noticed as I was reading articles, the thought process of the author seemed more obvious to me. The structure in which they had chosen to convey their message stood out and I suddenly realised that I had a type of clarity in my own writing which I didn’t have before. Obviously, this made me happy! As someone who likes to sit down and empty the contents of their head onto paper or blog, I suddenly understood a new methodical approach to writing.

Aside from the writing side of things, I have also been able to implement real change in my routine, and create structure where I haven’t had it before. I’ve wanted to keep fit for a while and found that my constant travelling about and juggling too many projects was causing me to ignore my health and fitness goals. I have now found a way to have a routine, exercise a lot more and push through the mental gymnastics I normally do to avoid keeping fit!

Just Do It!

The phrase “Just Do It” is something that I am currently living by – a phrase which Nike adopted some time ago to marry with their brand. Nike (whether inadvertently or not) have take inspiration from Saturn’s rings to represent them as their immediately recognisable logo: the infamous ‘Swoosh’, which has indelibly etched into the mind of the collective and one of the most recognisable and profitable logos in the world. But those clever marketing people at Nike must have intuitively picked up on the fact the element of discipline attached to the phrase, and the logo which represents them as a brand. It was probably no accident that they chose the name Nike – the Greek Goddess of Victory. That’s right – sporting brand Nike chose a feminine deity to build their brand around.

Interestingly, in some branches of Astrology, Saturn is considered a feminine archetype. The Astrology Podcast did a show about the gender of Saturn, and I have often observed Saturn in the feminine authoritarian role models I have had. But then, I like to play with various ideas and theories when I look at the natal chart. My Gemini Ascendant insists on it!

The Nike Swoosh was patented when Jupiter and Saturn were in opposition in the late degrees of Taurus and Scorpio.

Even more interestingly, Saturn’s swoosh logo was patented on the 17th June 1971 when Saturn was at 29° Taurus (a feminine earth sign), and in conjunction with Venus, ruler of Taurus.

In opposition at 28° Scorpio, Jupiter (the planet of Olympians and sports) was in the 10th house of career, discipline and public image. Jupiter resides in Saturn’s natural domicile in the natal chart. This Jupiter placement has enormous potential when you push beyond what is perceived as possible.

But I digress…

Another phrase that I live by and have done since about June 2015, is “Feel the fear, and do it anyway”. This feels like another rather Saturnian phrase as fear is very much a word associated with Saturn. The amount of things I have done which have terrified me since I adopted that ‘mantra’ have helped me to grow into a person I honestly never believed I could be – facing your fear and respecting it as a mechanism for personal growth has served me well; I am a better person for it. Stepping out of the comfort zone enables us to grow and develop as individuals.

Saturn is our fear, but not only a defence mechanism, fear creates temptation as often we dream about the things we wish we could do if we were brave enough. By making your fear a forbidden fruit, Saturn gives us a choice: Face it and achieve what seems like the impossible – or don’t attempt to get over it and stay in your comfort zone with no real stories to tell.

Saturn’s redeeming qualities

I know Saturn is difficult, he can bring low mood, barriers and a feeling of dread, but he can also give us a real sense of direction and purpose. If your plans aren’t going to work, all will be revealed under a Saturn transit. Saturn is a bonding agent, and gives us the strength to weather the storm. He is a tough teacher; he doesn’t praise us, he doesn’t give us a pat on the back. Instead he shows us where we lack and provides us with constructive feedback and a band-aid.

So let’s be grateful for the discipline that Saturn brings, without which we wouldn’t strive to achieve and we wouldn’t master anything. We wouldn’t even be standing as the skin and bones that Saturn rules literally hold the body together and upright! Fear is an important part of our personal growth and evolution as a species; Saturn can give us the ambition and self-respect to want to grow as individuals, the durability to face our fears and responsibilities, and once our feet are placed firmly on the ground, Saturn gives us the power to assert our authority over a situation that once felt like an impossibility.

In the wise words of fellow Capricorn Dolly Parton: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

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Header Image: Saturn – October 6 2004
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It is at the point of the Sun’s ingress into Aquarius, that most of us are struggling with the debts of previous months whilst suffering with the January blues. But there is a lighter feel to the month when the Sun’s journey through Aquarius commences. Aquarius is a fixed sign, and the eleventh sign of the zodiac. The imagery conjured when I think of fixed air is a room with all the doors and windows closed and no way of fresh air getting in and circulating. It can be stuffy and stale – a little bubble all to yourself. Aquarius can get fixated on specific areas of life, ideals, and mindsets.

Having said that quirky Aquarius can be incredibly progressive in their way, or on the opposite side of the spectrum, ridiculously archaic. Traditionally ruled by Saturn (which co-rules Capricorn), and Uranus by modern rulership you can get very serious, straight, no-nonsense and traditional Aquarians, as well as the unusual, Uranian, rule-breaking and cutting-edge types. They tend to break down the image that Capricorn strives for and identify with a more humanitarian and inclusive outlook as far as order and government are concerned.  From the onwards and upwards attitude of Capricorn, Aquarius wants to make the top spot accessible to all people. They can be stubborn and rebellious, refusing to acquiesce with hierarchy and authority.

A good old-fashioned debate is something Aquarius enjoys as they are able to explore a subject and look at it from a new perspective/dimension. They likes to step away from their ideas and examine them as though they are an object that can be turned, observed and analysed. They aren’t afraid to change their mind either, once they have exhausted their research and have satisfied themselves intellectually.

Aquarius is the water bearer: a boy holding a vessel pouring what appears to be liquid. As a result many people confuse Aquarius for being a water sign, but he couldn’t be farther from the watery–feeling realm; he lives in the realm of concept, ideas and analysis. What is actually being poured from the vessel is the cosmic energy of awareness, awakening and revelation: the gift of clear vision, the lightbulb moment – “Eureka!”

Aquarius: Born to be wild

Original Aquarians with their outsider way of being and thinking aren’t being intentionally oppositional. Far from it! Aquarius is concerned with truth and won’t compromise their integrity in order to keep the peace or please their peers. When young they wish they could fit in and agree with everyone else. When they try by altering their behaviour and opinions, they are outcasted for being in-genuine. When it comes to the outcasted group, Aquarius won’t fit in with that either.

This doesn’t mean that the way Aquarius sees life and thinks isn’t relevant; sometimes they can be so far behind the status quo that they are actually ahead of the next trend waiting in the wings! Those that are ahead of their time, are often ridiculed and made to feel stupid because they don’t fit the generic cookie-cutter mould. This can be said for those with a prominent Uranus in the birth chart too.

Campaigner for individuality

On the plus side, unique Aquarius can mix with a variety of groups, cultures, ideals, creeds and religions; Aquarius is interested in people, and humanity as a whole. Your Aquarian/Uranian friends are likely the ones you can go people watching with: observing people and contemplating their lives, what makes them tick and wondering what must be going on in their heads. Logical and objective, Aquarius enjoys conceptualising and analysing situations and people.

At times, it can be difficult for Aquarius to forgo analysis in favour of an emotional connection, though this is not to say that they don’t know how to relate to people. Aquarians are loyal creatures and don’t lean towards the phrase ‘blood is thicker than water’. They tend to have a large social circle as they have a knack of picking things up from where they left off, without having to maintain constant contact.

I’m not trying to compare Aquarians to mutants, but the students at Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men films find themselves in a position where they have a unique and special power but for years they don’t understand how to harness it. When they understand and develop their individual qualities they are able to put their mark on the world and fight for a humanitarian cause, a lot like Aquarians. In fact, the school and it’s concept is a very Saturnian–Aquarian with an 11th House feel, with the emphasis on a community of mutants focussing on self-mastery whilst maintaining individuality. The 11th house is the house Aquarius rules.

Being conceptual, Aquarians are associated with being technologically savvy, though I have an Aquarian friend who is a technophobe. Remember – they won’t ever fit your expectations – Aquarians are the embodiment of unpredictability. Using the medium of the internet and social media we are now able to find groups online where we can connect and discuss new ideas with people, share with our ‘Facebook family’ and become a well known figure in our online community or carving out a community of our own. 

When the Sun is in Aquarius it is a great time for finding a way to express your individuality in some way, doing something where you can connect to your group which allows for freedom of expression of the skills that make you, YOU!

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The New Moon at 26°54’ Capricorn on 17 January 2018 1.30am

There is currently a Stellium in Capricorn containing the New Moon. Accompanying the New Moon is Saturn, Mercury, Lilith, Pluto, and Venus. This is the time to take our relationships more seriously and start fresh. A secret which has been kept or a truth which has been hidden is now ready to to be uncovered, and the longing for something which has been lost can finally be put to rest.

Venusian blessing

The Moon will pass Venus tomorrow and that brings a much lighter feeling, as opposed  than the beginning of the month when there was the heaviness of Saturn. As soon as Mercury entered Capricorn, it was easier to express the feeling of struggle and difficulty – the usual January strife!

The New Moon in Capricorn is in conjunction with Venus and Mercury is in conjunction with Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn. This makes for a diplomatic way to have a potentially difficult or serious conversation. Be it about taking responsibility or setting boundaries, having Venus in the mix allows conversations to be fair and diplomatic.

Lilith however, will ask us to address something that we cannot articulate. Something which we know we cannot have, but we truly wish we could. It is something that we want to possess, and are in fear of letting go. We value this object highly and though we know it is irrational, we can’t bare to release our grip of it. It is a struggle between being fair, or holding on to irrational longing.

This New Moon wields enormous power, which is why we should harness it’s power to sow the seeds to bring our future plans or projects into fruition. If we can release our grip on the past, we can embrace the promise of the future. This is the seeding point for new structures to be formed, so if you want to implement system in your life, or a new discipline, now is the time.

Don’t forget to start creating your New Moon Wish List. If you haven’t already, downloaded your copy, make sure you do, and get listing! If you aren’t sure what to do, check out my blog post Carpe Mensis: Creating a New Moon Wish List.

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2018 is already looking mega-eventful with lots of notable dates. We began 2018 with a super full moon in Cancer on January 1st. We then have a blue moon and total lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31st!

Below is an overview of the major planetary ingresses, retrograde planets, eclipses and blue moons of 2018.

For a chronological list, please scroll to the bottom of the post, where you will also find a Free 2018 Dates for the Diary Bookmark for you to download. Why? Because you’re worth it!

All times listed are in Universal Time (UTC) – for conversions you can use the world clock converter at timeanddate.com

The Luminaries: Sun & Moon Eclipses


An eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon make a conjunction with the lunar nodes. The nodes are a calculated point in space where the orbital paths of the Sun and Moon cross over. Eclipses are considered to be particularly powerful astrological phenomena, often preceding major world events.

When the Sun and Moon are in conjunction (a new moon) and are within an 8° orbit (orb) of the moon’s nodes, a solar eclipse will occur. This is when the Moon crosses the path of the Sun, making the Sun momentarily disappear, from a geo-centric (Earth centred) perspective.

When the Sun and Moon are in opposition (a full moon) within 8° orb of the moon’s nodes, a lunar eclipse occurs. this is when the Earth passes between the luminaries, preventing the light of the Sun reaching the Moon and making it momentarily disappear, or look like it has had a chunk bitten out of it!

During 2018 there are five eclipses:

    31st January – 13:26 – 11°37’ Leo – Total Lunar Eclipse

    15th February – 21:05 – 27°07’ Aquarius – Partial Solar Eclipse

    13th July – 02:47 – 20°41’ Cancer – Partial Solar Eclipse

    27th July – 20:20 – 04°44′ Aquarius – Total Lunar Eclipse

    11th August – 09:57 – 18°41’ Leo –Partial Solar Eclipse

Blue Moons

A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. There are two blue moons in 2018:

    31st January – 13:27 – 11°37’ Leo

    31st March – 12:37 – 10°45’ Libra

Mercury     Retrograde periods

Mercury enters retrograde motion 3 times this year.
Each time he does so in a fire sign. However, on his final moonwalk of 2018, he jumps out of the frying pan and into the ice-bath, from Sagittarius to Scorpio. This should get the teeth chattering just in time for Winter!

    23rd March to 15th April – 16°54’ Aries to 4°47’ Aries

    26th July to 19th August – 23°27’ Leo to 11°31’ Leo

    17th November to 6th December – 13°29’ Sagittarius to 27°20’ Scorpio

Venus     Retrograde period

Not wanting to be left out, Venus also goes retrograde this year! This happens roughly once every 18 months and in 2018, she travels back from the sign of secrets, Scorpio, to relationship focussed Libra. Whatever it is she has to retrace and start over, you can guarantee she wants to start fresh with a clean slate!

    05th October to 16th November – 10°49’ Scorpio to 25°14’ Libra

Mars     Retrograde period

Fierce and feisty Mars will also go retrograde in 2018. This happens approximately once every two years. Though Mars likes to put himself first and steam ahead, he will have to retrace his footsteps from autonomous Aquarius and respect the rules of stickler Capricorn. As much as this smarts, Mars may have to join the system instead of fighting it if he wants to make progress!

    26th June to 27th August – 9°12’ Aquarius to 28°36’ Capricorn

Jupiter     Retrograde period

Jovial Jupiter enters retrograde motion once every year, this time in intense and brooding Scorpio. He will likely be retracing his footsteps in order to uncover more murky tales of the recent taboos in tinseltown, and beyond.

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The Sun’s ingress to Capricorn marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere which we experience as the shortest day of the year. This is where the Earth’s wobble reaches it’s farthest point before the North Pole starts tilting toward the Sun again. 

Party season is still in full swing when Capricorn appears. Her arrival isn’t a total buzzkill – she turns up just before Christmas and the New Year to help us celebrate the festive period which coincides with the alignment of Sirius ‘The Dog Star’ and “The Three Kings” in Orion’s belt (on December 24th).

Once partying has concluded, Capricorn asks that we do the dreaded deed of checking our finances and returning to the grind. When the Sun is in Capricorn we get real, adopting a serious attitude and resolving to conquer our bad habits. Capricorn gives us the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over, in anticipation of the exciting new horizon beyond December 31st. 

Capricorn’s Elevated Status

Capricorn is a dual sign: half goat, half fish. Able to inhabit both land and sea, her primary area of focus is mastery of the physical realm. This is something realistic and methodical Capricorn learns over many years in order to produce tangible results. The ocean dwelling half of Capricorn is intuitive and flexible. Able to understand structures and strategy, the added intuition gives Capricorn incredibly astute foresight and the ability to adapt. Like chess players, she’s always three moves ahead of everyone else.

The early years for Capricorn may be challenging, to say the least. Often there will be knock-backs or struggles with some kind of imposed limitation. The Saturn Return is a time when we all have to grow up; in Capricorn’s case, she will come into her own and firmly establish foothold in her life.

Goats are an incredible mountaineers. Able to scale sheer cliff faces and climb the deadliest of drops, They’re always aiming for the highest peak! The strategy involved when scaling a mountain requires concentration, commitment and extraordinary vision. I’m talking visualising goals here, not a trip to Specsavers!

Capricorn is able to see an objective, and work around it in order to get to the top. She knows she may have to recalculate the route sometimes, but this doesn’t stop her from trying. Capricorn’s mantra is: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again” and they are all too aware of how far they have to fall. Regardless, this is all very metaphorical as the challenges Capricorn faces in daily life won’t always be mountain climbing (though in come cases it will be!) but actually about achieving in some way. Perseverance is key for Capricorn, and this is how she conquers her ambitions knowing lasting success doesn’t happen overnight.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

So why is Cappy driven to the summit? Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth Sign; Cardinality is the drive to push through to new horizons, instinctively able to percieve what the environment requires. Earth is an element which is driven to manifest inspiration, concept and emotion into a tangible end product. Capricorn seeks the respect of those around her. She wants to be an authority figure, if not working as an authority like a police officer or judge, then to be seen on the top of the pile in her chosen (or accidental) profession. Taking the easy road isn’t something Capricorn does. Usually she will opt for the tougher lesson and work all the hours to accomplish her goal. The knowledge that she has done all the hard work by herself is enormously rewarding, and her peers will admire and respect Capricorn for her achievements.

Capricorn isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and muck in at the bottom of the career ladder. She understands the more hard work you put in at the beginning, the more your colleagues will recognise her and refer to her knowledge when facing an issue. Soon there will be an opportunity for promotion… and the climb begins!

A word of advice, Cappy: When climbing, be gracious and fair – if you lose your footing you will bump into everyone you encountered on the way back down. People remember how they have been treated; not a problem if you were considerate and kind. If you were bossy, obnoxious and rude, they may well give you a taste of your own medicine! 

True Grit and Determination

Ruled by Saturn, the word “No” is something Capricorn will have been issued repeatedly, often with an explanation about how not having that cookie, or going to that party will benefit the little goat. Of course we all need boundaries growing up, but young Cappy will test these and push back, before settling for the rules.

Self-discipline and hard work is something which comes over time. Capricorn has to master these areas and may be a little work-shy and lacking in direction as a youth (often leading to depression). Productivity is required in order to feel good; if this is lacking she can feel worthless.

Capricorn buys into the system. She understands hierarchy and wants to climb up the ranks. She may not have always been that way, but develops a respect for boundaries, structures and the need for governance by laws, as she understand that rules really do help to keep her in line. This is because Capricorn really struggles when in an unboundaried environment and can fall into unproductive and negative behaviour patterns. She likes to have firm lines to work within so she knows which way is forward. 

Rules, authority, respect – despite striving for the stuff your parents used to lecture you about growing up, Capricorns aren’t boring! They understand how to get through tough times, deal with challenging situations and scale the obstacles that would stump the average Joe. Often with a dry, satirical sense of humour, observational comedy tends to be a gift of Saturnian types in general and their sarcastic, dead-pan delivery can really brighten the gloomiest of days.

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The Sun’s ingress to Sagittarius, is graced with an infectious and exuberant joie de vivre, marking a welcome shift from the stagnant and murky depths of Scorpio. The uplifting and buoyant charm of Sagittarius can be felt almost immediately. A Mutable Fire sign, Sagittarius deals with challenge by travelling, bending and adapting. Think of the rippling plasma on the surface of the Sun: a restless ocean of fire complete with tidal waves and golden loops of magnetic activity. The Sun may rule Leo, but the behaviour of the surface of the Sun is very much akin to the essence of Sagittarius and the way he moves through life.

All the Mutable signs coincide with the transitional seasons. Mutable Fire sits between the damp decline of Autumn (Fixed Water Scorpio) and the cold depths of Winter (Cardinal Earth Capricorn). The yearly cycle is waning into the Winter or seeding phase as the Earth moves farther from the Sun. The visionary Centaur sees the bigger picture and understands that everything in life is in a state of constant flux.

Great Expectations

There is an uplifting and fertile feel at each point the Sun traverses the Fire signs: Aries season coincides with Spring where chicks hatch, seedlings sprout and the cycle of new-life is born. The Sun is in Leo at the height of Summer; the energising affect of the Sun has the population flocking to sunny spots and beaches to bask in his glory. During the Sun’s spell in Sagittarius the air is filled with a sense of hope and optimism. Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas are in clear view on the horizon and the promise of party season lifts even the darkest of spirits. The hype, the multi-million pound seasonal adverts on television and the shops stocking up for the big rush – it’s all so Saggy! Even the thriftiest types (says this Capricorn) feel the urge to indulge to great expense. The anticipation and excitement which can be observed is a Jupitarian and Sagittarian spectacle: the expectation of what might be.

This is a time where excessive behaviour is the norm. We know we will have to pay for the consequences of our actions later, but decide to live in the moment. There is a tendency to gain weight at this time of year and Sagittarius is associated with excess, growth and expansion. No waistline is safe! Reflecting the season’s mood, negativity, doubts and grudges are relinquished, letting bygones be bygones. Sagittarius likes to believe in the best-case scenario and whilst the Sun is in Sagittarius even the most pessimistic of folk will experience a more trusting attitude toward situations they would normally approach with caution. However, there can be an inability to exercise control as boundaries are something Sagittarius wants to push through and keep going with no restrictions!  As a hybrid (half-man–half-horse) the dual nature of the mythical Centaur strives to balance basic animalistic instincts and human limitations. When the Centaurs’ bow and arrow is pulled back and released, the direction in which the arrows fly is indicative of how energy radiates from this sign: onwards and upwards!

Sagittarius and the Search for Significance

Sagittarius is generally considered to be a lucky sign as the ‘greater benefic’ Jupiter, is its ruling planet. If you can be philosophical about the things that happen in your life and you are able to see a deeper meaning or overarching theme, does the luck shine through from the core of Sagittarius as a type of perspective? Or do events line-up to bless natives with strong Sagittarian signatures in their charts? I happen to think it’s a bit of both. I know some Saggies able to philosophise and understand each moment as thread being sewn into the tapestry of life. I also know some Sagittarius types who are just goddamn lucky! But they do tend to have a positive outlook giving them the whole ‘Law of Attraction’ vibe. You could say which came first, the chicken or the egg? In the same way that this can’t be proved, we can’t prove the existence of God or higher beings but can feel a connection to them if that way inclined. Sagittarius understands that connection regardless of his beliefs, and is able to interpret the meaning from the heavens to the Earth.

Having the vision to see not only the whole situation as it stands, but future implications and the meaning behind the event gives Sagittarius a shamen-like quality. The essence of Sagittarius is to inspire; to equip with knowledge which will enable one to move forward in life and be independent in it’s own way.

Prone to pleasure-seeking in many forms, some Sagittarians will engage in risk-taking behaviour to experience each moment in all it’s glory. Some sociable Centaurs come with an entourage – fair-weather friends who they trust will be there after the party is over. They have faith in the good of humanity and  people who like to be around them due to their generosity and partying ways. Blind optimism and a belief in the quintessential happy ending can lead to disappointment or irresponsible actions and with their non-committal and boundary-pushing attitude, Saggies can be seen as gamblers. This can be gambling by taking unnecessary risks, or as literal as placing a bet. The Centaurs’ hooves firmly planted on the soil, he likes to be reminded of his connection with a higher power by pushing Earthly boundaries. this can lead him down a darker path than expected. These situations can open up a direct dialogue with God, whomever that may be to the individual. Some of you may relate if you have ever had to look beyond the rational, say a prayer or make a plea-bargain with the big man. I know I have.

Visionary, Preacher, Traveller, Teacher

This great faith can be channelled in many ways as Sagittarius is elevated in spirit – this doesn’t have to be a spiritual or religious (though it can be), but an experience which expands their horizons both physically and mentally. You might know a Sagittarius who is an atheist. They may inspire others to share their vision, or believe in their cause. The reason they are able to inspire others is because what they do has given them purpose. Knowledge is a great love of the Centaur and they travel great distances in order to learn, experience other cultures, and to share their findings. The dream of distant lands, different cultures and new experiences is something Sagittarius longs for. Travelling, movement and a change of scenery invigorates Sagittarius; there’s always something new to see and learn. Their passion, thirst for knowledge and ability to express themselves in a fun and exciting way makes them great teachers or preachers, depending on which career route they decide to take.

I am grateful to my Sagittarius friends: for their playful and light-hearted warmth, their insight when times seem bleak, and for teaching me how to let-go and party! The saying goes: “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”, and my Sagittarius friends have taught how to let go of negativity. Viva la Centaur!

 

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The descent of the Sun into Scorpio takes it on a journey though the depths of the underworld. I have to admit, Autumn is my favourite season. The reds, burnt oranges, yellows and browns of leaves falling from the trees, landing on the cold damp ground. The seasonal vegetables (particularly squashes and pumpkins) and hearty comfort food – all things associated with this time of year. In England (where I live and am writing this post) the days are shorter and the nights draw in earlier and earlier. This is so much more obvious during this time of year as a result of the Earths’ 23.5º axial tilt away from the Sun. It’s hard to believe the transformation of nature through the seasons; the beauty that autumn brings is a product of deterioration and decay as our planet moves further way from it’s life-giving source of light.

This is Scorpio’s primary area of awareness: the decomposition of life, in order to make way for the new. This doesn’t have to be viewed as morbid – death is very much a part of life. However, Scorpio is more aware of the things that most people would rather ignore. People don’t generally like to acknowledge the loss of innocence. The scorpion has to learn to let go as it moves through experiences which test it’s strength and durability. The transformation from life to death is symbolic of the process in which Scorpio operates. Those with their Sun in Scorpio will be familiar with the potential to transform. An exploration of the darker side of life is inevitable through the transformative process and as a result, your Scorpio friend will be the one who will stick around during a crisis. They won’t spin you a yarn or spout clichés when you are experiencing a personal crisis . They will tell you the truth and give you the support you need; this is their bread and butter! Scorpio can handle a barrage of high tension and dramatic situations – in fact, they thrive on it.

Alluring and Intense Scorpio

Scorpio is a fixed water sign. Think of an iceberg, you can always see the tip above the surface of the water, but below the surface, the iceberg can reach down to the depths. This is the perfect image for Scorpio: What is below the surface is not obvious – there are so many hidden dimensions to this unbelievably deep and alluring sign. Another image I imagine is iron filings being held to a magnet. The force holding them together is the magnetic pulling quality that Scorpio radiates. X-Men character Magneto (played by Sir Ian McKellen) is able to manipulate metals in order to wield power and control over his opponents. Interestingly in his natal chart, Sir Ian has a Mars-Pluto opposition at power degrees (Mars at 0º Aquarius and Pluto at 29º Cancer). Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio and has a far more passive, feminine and undetectable expression than it does as co-ruler of Aries. Pluto was discovered in 1930 and was appointed the modern ruler of Scorpio. When these two planets are in aspect, they are exceptionally dynamic and can manifest great power, will and determination. This is displayed brilliantly in McKellen’s role in X-Men.

Face your Daemons

Scorpio intensifies your commitments in relation to others. Shared ownership enters the equation with the eighth sign of the zodiac, for example: buying a house with your partner, and the financial bond holding you with the bank which loaned you your mortgage. There are deeper and farther reaching implications to the commitment. Issues of a superficial quality are not really something the scorpion dabbles in – the occult and life’s mysteries are much more the realm of this cave-dwelling creature. Key words for Scorpio are: honesty, integrity, deeper emotional undercurrents and subtle nuances, deeper meaning.

During the Sun’s transit through Scorpio, it’s a great time to deal with things that normally get overlooked. Time to do the life insurance, pay your tax bill or go over the small print in that contract you have to scrutinise before signing. The Sun in Scorpio shines a light on the the minutest of details and does not drop an issue unless satisfied it is ready to let go. Scorpio is relentless at times; if you have put a task off because you just can’t bear to get involved, not only will you face this daemon during this time, you will be able to complete the task. You will likely become obsessed with doing it properly and find yourself absolutely immersed until it is done!

So when the Sun is in Scorpio, it is in a place where it knows it can’t shine as brightly. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t as important; the Sun is able to bring to light the things in life that don’t normally get a chance to shine, those little creatures under the rock have their own story to tell. Make good use of this time because it can be hugely rewarding. You will welcome tasks that require true grit and determination. Avoidance will not be an option.

 

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