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Venus in Gemini and a New Moon: our inner compass points to joy

The lessons of Venus in Gemini are heightened as the New Moon rises in Gemini on Saturday 4 June, closely conjunct to Venus. Take this time to set strong intentions and redefine how you think about love and relationships. With Venus in Gemini, and the New Moon rising right beside her, it’s time to ask ourselves: what does it mean [read more...]

Sun in Gemini: our thoughts and words are creative

With the Sun in Gemini from 21 May our powers of manifestation will be channeled more strongly than usual through our thoughts and words. This means there is never a better time to be conscious of how we are thinking and speaking about ourselves, others and the world. The power of thought and word in the process of creative manifestation [read more...]

Venus trine Jupiter: a rich harvest comes only after hard work

The first thing you’ll notice when you look at today’s chart isn’t Venus trine Jupiter. Most prominent in this chart is the simultaneous mutable grand-cross that is activated as the Moon triggers the long-standing t-square between Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, and the grand-trine in Earth created by the Sun as it passes [read more...]

Sun trine Jupiter: a ray of light in the darkness

I’m familiar with darkness. With my Sun, Moon and Venus in the 8th House all square to Pluto I even crave it at times. But like everyone sometimes I get lost in the dark and since Pluto went retrograde I’ve found myself firmly in the grip of fear. Those who’ve been experiencing a similar loss of bearings will be [read more...]

Pluto retrograde: confronting the shadow self

With Pluto retrograde from 26 April until 5 October we are given an opportunity to explore our darkness and confront the shadow self. Our shadow is all the parts of ourselves we disown. Our demons live in the shadows but, according to psychoanalyst Carl Jung, it is not just the negative aspects of our psyche that are buried here. Many [read more...]

Pluto and Mars retrograde: seek out what lies beneath

With both Pluto and Mars retrograde from 17 April two powerful engines of the self are turned inward. This brings the number of planets currently retrograde to four, along with Jupiter and Saturn, and marks a period where many people will be directing their efforts inward, consolidating matters that have been neglected and putting their [read more...]

Secondary progressions as an indicator of inner growth

As astrologers we have many tools available that allow us to interpret past, present and future planetary energies to our birth chart. The most used technique is of course daily planetary transits with the next most used one being Secondary Progressions or more commonly just as “Progressions” even though other types of progressions [read more...]

Venus in Aries: strengths and opportunities in relationship

With Venus now in Aries you may feel a distinct shift in how you do relationships and connect with others. Venus is in its detriment in Aries, however that doesn’t mean that this combo doesn’t have anything positive to offer. This transit will be particularly empowering for those who tend towards martyrdom in their relationships. It [read more...]

Mercury in Aries: say it like it is (but try to be gentle)

With Mercury in Aries there isn’t much beating around the bush when it comes to putting our point across. In fact if you’ve been biding your time, waiting for the right words and the right moment to say what needs to be said then you may find that caution goes out the window now. Aries is not known for tact or diplomacy and [read more...]

Retrograde Saturn and a lunar eclipse in Libra: self and other

The much anticipated lunar eclipse in Libra will occur on 23 March, followed closely by the beginning of the 2016 retrograde Saturn cycle on the 25th. With the Moon in ‘other’ focused Libra this transit will have a strong impact on intimate relationships, especially as Libra’s ruler Venus is moving into a t-square [read more...]

Sun square Saturn with a side of chaos and mayhem

The Sun is currently square Pluto and Jupiter and will square Saturn on 21 April. This is a very uncomfortable energy denoting excess, proselytizing, power struggle and obstacles. Those who are affected may come up against authority figures, or find themselves in power struggles. During the coming week many people will struggle with [read more...]

Mars in Sagittarius: a galloping archer on a beach

With Mars in Sagittarius from Monday 7 March our physical energy and drive will get a real boost. Our desire to explore, learn and travel will be stronger as the archetype of the adventurer is activated within us. We’ll feel brave, capable and ready for anything but may have little stamina or focus. Due to Mars turning retrograde [read more...]

Moon square Saturn and trine Pluto: emotional restraint

With Moon square Saturn exact on 23 February and a trine with Pluto currently perfecting there may be some very strong feelings that feel somehow difficult to express. Moon square Saturn can feel emotionally heavy and sometimes result in a very blue day! But the trine to Pluto will free things up somewhat and help channel the energy in a [read more...]

Mercury in Aquarius: systems thinking may neglect the individual

With Mercury in Aquarius since Sunday 14 February you may have noticed a subtle shift in your thinking and communication style. Being an air sign Mercury functions well in Aquarius. The mind is likely to be sharp and astute with flashes of inspiration, and there will be a tendency to look at things in a very objective, scientific, and [read more...]
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