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Venus and Mars: the cosmic dance of action and attraction

There are two powerful forces within us and they are symbolised by Venus and Mars. These two planets literally dance together as they orbit the Sun, intersecting one another’s orbital paths. This is because Venus orbits between 38 million km and 108 million km from the Sun and while Mars orbits between 55.7 million km and 228 million [read more...]

The four elements in you: practical tips to find balance

One of the first things we learn when we look closely at our natal chart is the balance of the four elements within us. The four elements are fire, air, earth and water and the signs ruled by each are as follows: Fire: Aries, Leo, SagittariusEarth: Taurus, Virgo, CapricornAir: Gemini, Libra, AquariusWater: Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio Don’t [read more...]

Saturn conjunct Pluto: why you may not be feeling it and why I am!

Saturn is the ruler of structure, responsibilities, limitations and commitments while Pluto brings transformation through surrender to the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Saturn conjunct Pluto combines these two powerful energies. Saturn isn’t due to conjunct Pluto until 12 January 2020 but for some people, including me, this [read more...]

The mutable signs: how we become comfortable with change

In our chart, the mutable signs, planets and aspects of our cosmic composition are always extending an invitation to us to expand our perception and shift the paradigms of our self-awareness to ever increasing degrees. Mutable, itself, means fluctuating, varying, fluid and changeable. We are meant to learn how to be comfortable with [read more...]

The journey of the Chiron archetype: from woundedness to healing

Chiron recently moved into Aries where it will remain until 2027. This article explores the Chiron archetype and its influence on our lives. I always say that we are born into the past. Our presence, unconditional love and our divine connection get swallowed up into the mostly well-intentioned beliefs and circumstances of our parents, [read more...]

The blessing of the natal opposition: lean into the discomfort

Most of us think of the natal opposition as a challenging aspect, one that brings inner conflict and tension, but perhaps we could rethink this negative perspective. What is a natal opposition and how do they work? If you’re new to astrology you may still be getting your head around the various aspects in your natal chart and what [read more...]

Progressed moon through the houses: shifts in life focus

I once had a friend named Roy. Roy was a business man with a keen interest in astrology. He taught me about the Progressed Moon and what it means in terms of life stages. Roy was living in Amsterdam many years ago, and for the life of him he couldn’t make any business deals work. He had all the right contacts, he was networking in all [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...]

Parenting by the Moon

You’ve probably heard of ‘gardening by the Moon’, of planting at New Moon and weeding as the Moon wanes, but what about parenting by the Moon? Many people think the lunar cycles are reflected everywhere in the ebb and flow of daily life. Last year I began to notice distinct synchronicities between the Moon and my life. I would [read more...]

Why letting go is the only way to beat a difficult transit

A major transit from one of the slow moving outer planets to a planet or point in your natal chart usually translates into big life change, usually over the course of several years. This can leave us feeling confused, frightened and often completely wrung out. Sometimes it’s a real challenge to keep our emotional head above water. [read more...]

Working with your Moon sign: unconscious habit patterns

We tend to romanticise the Moon and it’s easy to understand why: she’s the saviour of lost travelers, a beacon in the dark and wondrously beautiful to boot. But she also has her dark side: in esoteric tradition she’s associated with illusion, madness and hysteria. Understanding your Moon sign can help you avoid being [read more...]

Planetary cycles through the houses of the zodiac

Astrology is essentially a study of the complex series of planetary cycles that play out over time to stimulate the process of human evolution. When we are born we arrive on this planet at a certain point in time and space. At this point we enter into a complex, cosmic dance that then plays out over the course of our lives, much like a [read more...]

Moon phases meditations: your emotional rhythms

I’ve been drawn to meditation since my early twenties but over the years my understanding of it has changed. When I was young meditation was a mysterious phenomenon only accessible to the initiated, those much wiser and more enlightened than I. Then, after my first ten-day Vipassana course, I began to see meditation as something we [read more...]

Mercury and mindfulness: understanding our monkey mind

Mercury is a slippery fellow: as well as ruling our thinking, communication and intellect he’s also the patron of trickery and thieves. It’s not surprising then that Buddhists and other spiritual teachers advocate mindfulness, or careful observation of our thinking, as a key path to greater wisdom and consciousness. So what [read more...]
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