June Astrological Highlights

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 6.03.51 PM“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” — John Steinbeck

The Astrological Highlights of June start off beautifully with Venus and Mercury going into their ruling sign’s. Finally giving them the chance to reinstate their full power and drive, after being stuck in the Retrograde cycle for most of the year.

Venus on June 7th makes her ingress into Taurus a sign of her rulership, after being Retrograde since late February. In her retrograde cycle she was challenged at a number of points by both Saturn (karma and reality checks) as well as being in the sign of Aries. A fire sign which gets quite heated for an earth and air loving Venus.  Venus’s ingress into Taurus allows Venus to breath and make good on all her plans and lessons that have been fighting to get air time since late February.  Venus, being stuck in this loop has seen lots of things being thrown around but not much traction for getting Venus things done !  Venusian pleasure will finally take centre stage and the pleasure of being able to do it will be twofold ! June 7th would be a lovely time to take a moment and celebrate it.

On the same day – Mercury who has also been stuck in the retrograde pattern this time in Taurus/Aries, makes its way into Gemini, the sign of its rulership. It to, like Venus has been stuck in a strange time warp, in a sign that it doesn’t really get along with. Mercury the trickster when Retrograde tends to play its tricks in the style of the sign its retrograde in. The Retrograde it has just come out of had the double doozy of being conjunct Uranus. The planet of the unexpected, change and revolutionary ideas. It can be Genius but it can also be chaotic. With Mercury’s ingress into Gemini – like Venus it gets to finally get some traction in a sign that shows off its, strengths, ideas, communication and technology;  finally moving forward, in a progressive way. Strong  foundations have been made after the Retrograde strengthening.

So with 2 of the most important personal and internal planets finally at their best positions all year,  3 days later Jupiter, the great giver of gifts and expansion also moves direct from its Retrograde in Libra. (Yes that’s how may planets have been retrograde over the past 2 months !). Jupiter finally goes direct conjunct or next to the Full Moon in Sagittarius, its ruler (party emoji).  Emotional cleansing of the Full Moon &  expansion, rebalancing and artistic growth with Jupiter Direct, The lessons learnt from the last 5 months, this is a nice reward. Jupiter likes to expand and make things bigger. Libra is all about justice, balancing the individual and the collective on artistic and egalitarian realms. It strives for a balance to all things both politically and artistically.  There might be a feeling of new equilibrium as Jupiter enters its last third of its transit of Libra. Make the most of this before the balance of expansion and ideas moves into a heavier and more underworld or internal sphere, with its entry into Scorpio in October this year.

Mars enters Cancer on June 5th. Yes that is 4 planets changing signs within a week. Brings down the tone a little bit. With all the energy shifts happening across a week, Mars’s entry into Cancer sees a bit of a slow down around all the other energies who are working in their optimal spaces. Mars – your power source as well as your ability to assert yourself isn’t so comfortable in Cancer. Cancer is Cardinal Water or the General of the Water signs, Mars a Fire energy, it ain’t so happy in Water. What Mars in Cancer does do is bring down the Mars fire and energy to bring it inward. There will be more focus on emotions and emotional wellbeing. A positive use of this energy is to work through any emotional blocks for feelings that you might have. Therapy would be really good to do right now if you feel it would help advance you. The negative side to this energy would be to be malicious or emotional manipulative to other around you. Being to needy or even having a few drinks before the emo beast arises and is unleashed. Mars in Cancer needs to be contained and to be aware of, as an energy before you decide to unleash any emo stuff onto other people. Always ask – where is this coming from. Is this the best way and time to express it. Mars in Cancer is intuition and emotions turbo charges – Especially around the solstice ! when things may feel other worldly. But it might not always come out as articulately as you think, as Mars and Cancer aren’t comfortable in each others spheres naturally.

Full Moon on 9th June in Sagittarius will be a stonker of a Full Moon. Conjunct or next to Jupiter its ruler going direct. Full Moons LOVE something to Bounce off and when its next to its ruler going direct, June 9th will be one hell of a night. The breath of fresh air from Venus and Mercury’s entry into Taurus and Gemini will really bounce off this Full Moon and it will be the break in the energy we have been waiting for, for months ! IF there is a Full Moon to celebrate this year, this would be it.

The Sun entering Cancer on June 21st signifies the Winters Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. With the New Moon occurring 24th / 25th of June trine Venus in Taurus, The Solstice will have a nice Venus influence emotionally connecting us to Venus / Solstice type things. Nurture,Food, Land, Nature, Relations with others and Health. The Solstices are naturally turbo charged with a thinning of the veils between the worlds. It’s also great natural re-set button. With June’s positive and strong beginning the Solstices will be a nice time to reset and look back on all the hard work done in the first 6 months of the year.

Post Solstice – Mars our inner warrior must get bored with all this wonderful resetting and re-evaluation and applies some action towards the end of the month.

As the month closes Mars’s gets up to its old tricks and starts to want to break out of the relaxed jovial setting. In the last week of June, It opposes Pluto and Squares Jupiter. Mars is an aggressor and accelerant, a get up and doer. When it opposes Pluto in Capricorn its emotional and intuitive slant in Cancer begins to awaken a beast in Capricorn the sign of Governance, Status and Power. There could be some internal or external power issues between power and your emotions. Or it could be a reassessment of what you think of as a status tool,  is it really emotionally serving you.

Mars squaring off to Jupiter might add some heat to this balancing act that Jupiter has just been able to stretch its legs on. The aggressive emotional assessment of what Jupiter has in play to keep everyone at bay, may come into question or is challenge. Perhaps from a personal perspective once again an emotional/intuitive assessment of what is Jupiter proposes internally or externally may come under the microscope, Head vs Intuition kinds of testings.

Overall June sees a releasing of lots of withheld energy and pressure, with things beginning to come around again.  The pleasure and ease we think things should be, begins to return.  The Solstice and Moons this month are particularly healthy and positive, feeding some great energy into this resetting time. As the month closes Mars may come in and throw a little tanty at the party. But hey where would be with out some Martial interference. Its nothing compared to what we have just been through for the past 6 months, right !

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2017 Venus Retrograde in Aries : Venus Underground

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“There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup” 

Don’t Dream Its Over – Crowded House

Venus the Goddess of Beauty, Love, Fun, Pleasure & Relationships, is about to make her trip to the mythical underworld; disappearing from sight for 40 days and 40 nights. Beginning on March 4th, this Astrological transit is sees our Goddess withdrawal from the public sphere and turn our lights inwards as we reflect on all things Venus  that are in our lives.

Venus retrogrades every 18 months, this time around the Venusian Voodoo is ending a cycle in Fire Signs.  Placed right at the turning point of the zodiacal cycle, Pisces & Aries. The point of Endings and Beginnings.  Venus turns retrograde on March 4th 2017 until April 15th 2017.

On her travels, Venus begins this cycle as an evening star,  being visible at night before disappearing from the night sky as it enters its retrograde. As Venus goes behind the Sun, She is said to be traveling down to the Underworld to have her baptism with Pluto/Hades or Lucifer in the Biblical retelling. Before re-emerging into the Night Sky as a Morning Star, visible again just before dawn.

Venus when retrograde is about about reflection, turning the light inwards and re-evaluating your own personal Venusian values and re working your Venusian Voodoo. As this retrograde is in Aries and Pisces, Aries and Pisces energy flavours it,  Pisces is the end of the zodiac cycle, Aries is the beginning of it. This Retrograde is about big endings and big beginnings.

These Venus Retrograde periods can be looked back on as being turning or flash points. Times to reflect rather than push forward blindly. When planets go backwards, they move back over aspects of your life, to rework and remould to help reintegrate a certain section of your life, to really solidify an individuals evolution.

Aries significators are : The Warrior, Fire, Passion, Creativity, The Individual, Personal Pursuit. The Aries part of your chart is your internal Spartian Warrior. As the retrograde slips back into Pisces, this internal Spartian Warrior becomes more reflective around internal spiritual pursuits, about the bigger picture. It evolves into a more mutable, more deep and transcendent experience.  Which will be very contary to how this retrograde kicks off.   The key thing is that things can’t be rushed or pushed, as it is a time of flux. It is not recommended as a time to do anything to you body that you can’t change back. i.e.: plastic surgery or tattoos.  Venus is aesthetics and Beauty.

Interestingly enough this Venus Retrograde in 2017 is occurring at the beginning of Lent, and goes direct on Easter Saturday at the last degrees of Pisces, the most spiritual and trancendant of all the signs. This free’s Venus to continue her journey to meet with Mars right on time with the resurrection.  Her meeting with Mars has been delayed since early February due to her slowing down to do her Venus Retro cycle.

The last time Venus Retro’ed in Aries  was in 9 March – 17 April 2009,  so look back to then for some clues into what could be coming up. Astrology is the study of cycles, and these cycles do repeat. Some more than others.

2017’s Venus Retrograde is very much a key thread in a very dynamic year. Fire Energy  dominates the year with the Venus Retro being one of the most self evolving parts of 2017. The Retrograde is part of a larger story that began in early February that will end in 5 October 2017. Venus spends the year trying to meet up with or conjoin with her partner/lover Mars.

The conjunction of Mars & Venus on October 5th,  is the meeting point that never quite happened in early February. This meeting of Mars and Venus never quite happened as Venus slowed down to begin this self reflective Retrograde transit we are about to enter. It is with new found knowledge and information that Venus moves forward to finally make contact with Mars in October.

Interestingly this Mars / Venus conjunction on October 5th 2017, is the date of the next Venus Retrograde, October 5th 2018 in the signs of Libra (ruled by Venus) & Scorpio (ruled by Mars in old astrology).  There are many stories and cross overs in Astrology and the story of Mars and Venus is perhaps one of the strongest ones.

Its a great time to revisit how these Venusian archetypes are working in your life, and whether they are serving you well.

THROUGH THE SIGNS 

ARIES – 1st house  The Story of how you reflect your Venus Values to the World is the Story of this transit. Taking time out to take stock and re-evaulate how you look and how you show your relationships to the world will be the main focus with this Transit. If you have your birthday in the last 2 weeks of March, this Venus Retro will go over your Sun and Venus Retrograde will recolour your egos core by re-evaluting how you present your Venus Voodoo to the World.

TAURUS – 12 house  Taurus will deal with its ruler going retro in its secret 12th house and the house that rules Pisces with a very personal and potentially solitary processing. Going deep into the personal sphere, potential re-wiring  your Venus Voodoo will strike a deep and healing cord. Its not easy when your ruler is retrograde as the experience is stronger. But a chance for deep healing of the solitary kind around Venus style issues will be the focus this time around, and it will be so good !

GEMINI – 11 house  Friends, Social Groups, Gatherings and Personal Hopes and Wishes  are the focus of this Venus Retro.  Things may slow down in this area as you re focus your relationship and involvements in such things. Venus loves to be Social but this retrograde may see this slow down in your social life, and seed new ideas. Taking stock taking around the above themes will see you out of the social spotlight for a bit. Think of its as a bit of time out to reconnect with 11th house themes.

CANCER – 10 house  Cancer peeps will see this Venus Retro hit their 10th house of  Career, Status and Achievement. Some of the rose coloured glasses focal point’s  may shift. The changing of focus to things that would benefit you more Individually & Spiritually being the spark that changes your focus. Which is all very Cancerian at the end of the day isn’t it.

LEO – 9 house  Leo finds it Venus Retrograde focus taking its time in its 9th house of Philosophy, Higher Learning and Travel.  A hankering for travel and engagement with places that might be slightly left field for a Leo in its thirst for adventure. The slow down might not be so fun, but the kick start after will be re-invigorating.

VIRGO – 8 house  Virgo is about to explore the merky depths of the 8th house with Venus shining her internal light on to psychological depths of the house of deep connection. Also the house of other peoples money -Taxes, Debt and Inherited Money. This Venus Retro will turn all these themes inwards for the Virgoan microscope to analyse. Deep subconscious states and interactions will be the theme du jour

LIBRA – 7 house  Like Taurus, having your ruler go backwards over areas that you thought were claimed in the House of your rulership (7 house)  makes this a potentially sticky Venus Retrograde. Nothing like having the double whammy of your ruling planet of Relationships going out of kilter in your home house of Relationships. The plan is to not fret ! Those that are meant to fall away, will fall away simple ! Don’t stress for mull over the hardship of imbalance. This phase will pass with a clearer road head after Easter.

SCORPIO – 6 house  Scorpio your work & health routines will be under assessment, nothing to drastic needs to be executed just yet. The acknowledgement and reassessment of these areas of life and how to infuse the Venus Voodoo is all you really have to recognise and do .. for now. Any action can be done post Easter.

SAGITTARIUS – 5 house  Venus Retro in your house of fun, creativity and children might feel like someone is raining on your parade. Don’t let this initial first impression put you off. Its all about channelling the philosophical shifts which is right up your ally and taking it to the higher vibe level. This is something that really resonates with the fun loving Sadge, It just might feel like a wet blanket at first but the shifts will allow you to unleash your awesome, post Easter.

CAPRICORN – 4 house  Capricorn loves Structure, they get off on it. The 4th house is the house of Home, Ancestors, Family and the Tribe. Structure and Strength generally doesn’t come more solid than that. With Saturn being the God of Karma, Saturn being Capricorns ruler a Venus Retro in the 4th House could see a more Empress or Goddess like vibe gracing your inner home or family life. Some A-ha moments, some nice reassessments or resolutions around the family and home would be a good manifestation of Venus Retro. Perhaps some ghosts of your former lives could pop up and say hi as this retro treads back in to Pisces. Either way its big re settings of cycles around Family, Home and your Ancestors, Former or the lives before that.

AQUARIUS – 3 house  Aquarius is a sign ruled by Mercury the Great Communication God Hermes.  Venus Retro in your 3rd house of Communication resonates with you. Looking at how you communicate and how that works with your relationships with others would be a good way to see this retro play out. Another way could be how you communicate your style aesthetics wise, as well as written and oral is a good use of this energy.  Either way try not to go the other way and loose your grace and tact when communicating when Venus does her dive into the underworld.

PISCES – 2 House  Pisces is part of the key areas of this retrograde. With people born in the the middle of March, having this Retro Venus going over there Sun. As this will be occurring in your 2nd house of Earned Money and Self Worth, this is a really good reset time for you. Venus Retro in your sign and over your Sun will see a reset of your own self worth internally. Its a really great and powerful way to kick start your year with some good inner ground work and soul searching, something Pisces does so well. Beware not to spend to much money on beauty products or on any impulse decision. It may not be the best idea post Easter. Up the self worth and try not to spend to much money on impulse pleasures ! The reward will be so much better after last April.

 

 

 

 

2017 Astrology – Fire Walk With Me

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“The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire”

Richard M. Nixon

2017 is very much the 2nd book end of 2016, before moving into a very different era from 2018.

This year will bring the a much-needed spark and creativity needed before we bunk down and get down with the hard work in the 2018 – 2020 era, as Saturn, Uranus and Pluto will dominate from Earth based signs.

2017 is a year where any major plans, dreams, goals or visions will be constantly evolving and your job is to get down with the hustle and see things as short-term opportunities for you to evolve with the goal. These gains will be seen post 2017.

This coming year is not the year to force things through in a linear step by step, A … B…. C  kind of logic. The volatility of all the major transits occurring in the last degrees of Fire signs will disrupt any non flexible forwards planning. A bit like 2016’s fire monkey year; agility, flexibility and mutability is your friend !  Being on guard and aware of the nature of this elemental force to change and mutate is the way to circumnavigate 2017.

2016 had an almighty Mars retrograde (a fire planet being disturbed and unleashed for 8 months instead of 6 weeks ! ), Saturn in Sagittarius (a return of structure to a 30 year cycle in a fire sign) as well as the Saturn / Neptune Square, which was the major aspect that defined 2016. The Saturn / Neptune dynamic was as Astrologer Austin Coppock says was a “Waves and Walls” transit. Waves of People/Ideas/Fantasies hitting Walls. Brexit, The American Election, The Refugee Crisis where people literally were traveling in on waves and water and meeting walls of governments and armies. 2016 was delusion busting time and as we move into 2017  we now look to how we must operate in a world where it is fresh in our minds how the Neptunian vision & fantasy can meet obstruction and harsh realities.

2017 like 2016 has a lot of energy placed in Fire signs, in most cases a repeated transit trigger points at the last degrees of Fire signs (Aries, Sagittarius, Leo). This means if you were born in the last week of any of these Fire Signs, you will feel a flurry of activity around your Sun and other planets or points you have at these degrees. You will feel it more than most. Most of you  fire types will get off on it, some will learn to work with what is inherently at your ego’s core as it gets reawakened,  like a tree seed in a bush fire. The rest of the elements – Earth, Water and Air learn to work with the most intense and unstable of all the elemental energies. Any one born in the last week and a half of any sign will feel these energies by default as these energies will aspect to your natal energy points.

Below is the major transits for the year and some of the interesting astrological points of 2017.

Mercury Retrograde – Mercury goes retrograde 3 – 4 times a year for 6 weeks including its time in the shadow. Its something most people are aware of as a transit. 2017 sees all these Mercury retrograde’s occurring in Fire signs. This gives the Mercury Retrogrades a more heated flavour and they are going retrograde over points of the fire signs which have been activated this year by other major transit points at this degree in fire. In layman’s terms. The last degrees of any signs are the most potent and these last degrees of Fire Signs have had a bit of a working over already !

When the planet of Communication (Mercury / Hermes) makes its retrograde motions over these fire points you will be looking at receiving new information, reflecting on past communications etc. Just make sure you don’t shoot your mouth off going over old territory in a rant of passion. That would be the low energy use of these retrograde’s ! Use it to evolve a creative vision or something you are passion about. Use the Retro to seek answers to deep questions, you don’t have to shoot your mouth off.

Mercury Retro: 

April 10th @ 4 degrees Taurus – May 4th @ 24 degrees Aries

August 13th @ 11 degrees Virgo – September 5th @ 28 degrees Leo.

December 3 @ 28 degrees Sadge – 23rd December @ 13 degrees Sadge

Venus Retrograde – Venus goes retrograde every 18 months for 40 days and 40 nights. She goes to the underworld, hangs out with Hades (or the devil) and then pops out the other side to be visible as a morning star. During the disappearance of Venus from the night sky she will be going back to a retrograde cycle from 8 years ago. Venus will Retrograde in Aries not the most tranquil or peaceful of signs for Venus to reflect in. There will be serious refocusing and assessments of the “I” or the Individual within Relationships and how current relationships are working for you as an “I”. A capital no one else is on the agenda, “I” kind of way. If it isn’t going so well, make sure that you don’t bring any Mars fury to this mix. Aries as ruled by Mars and with Venus “weakend” by this Retrograde try not to unleash hell if you find things aren’t as you like.  This is also not the time to do anything to yourself beauty wise that can’t be reversed easy. This retrograde is a nice time to reflect and assess, get some old self grooming things happening again, ie: self care. Just don’t fall for the aggressive nature that Venus in Aries can have.

Venus Retrograde: March 4th @ 13 Degrees Aries – April 15th @ 26 Degrees Pisces

The Eclipses – Eclipses happen 2x a year in opposite signs for 2 years at a time. Eclipses are super moons that relay information to you that may not be immediately revealed. Information is eclipsed !

The last of the Virgo / Pisces Eclipses occurs on Monday 27th of February as a Solar Eclipse. This eclipse closes a 2 year cycle and will be conjunct Neptune and the South Node. Huge !! Neptune is Pisces ruler and the South Node is about Past Lives. This is a massive eclipse to end on and don’t be surprised if you have surreal dreams or a message comes to you through your subconscious which helps let go of old habits that keep you in the past !

The First New Moon Solar Eclipse in the Leo / Aquarius Axis will take place on August 22nd  @ 28 degrees Leo. This Eclipse is HUGE !

This Eclipse will be the first time since 1918 that a Solar Eclipse will be 100% full across the entire United States. It will begin in the Pacific North West and will be fully visual right down to the Southern East Coast of America. Its been nick named the big American Eclipse. The Eclipse is conjunct the North Node (Fate and Destiny) which has just entered Leo @ 28 degrees. This eclipse is also exactly on President Donald Trump’s Ascendant and conjunct his natal Mars. So this is a massive date for next year with many interesting things expected to come from it. Astrology isn’t predictive in a down to the dirty detail way, but it is a great way to look at energy points to see how it might manifest after looking at whats going on at the time and looking to past cycles that have been similar. This eclipse is perhaps the biggest thing Astrologers have flagged for the entirety of 2017 for the energy it draws on at the time and also that fact it is so strongly placed in the President elect’s chart . The physical nature of it being visible for the entire North American continent for the first time in 100 years is also huge.

February 27th New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces 8 degrees @ 0158 Sydney Time Conjunct Neptune and the South Node.

August 22nd New Moon Solar Eclipse @ 28 Degrees Leo @ 0430 Sydney Time – Conjunct the North Node.

Jupiter Opposite Uranus – Jupiter Opposite Uranus will hit 2 x exactly in 2017 but will be in orb and bouncing off squares to Pluto all year. Jupiter Opposite Uranus will be a push-pull on the two following ideas. Jupiter in Libra’s need to expand social justice and fairness within the tribe while Uranus in Aries will be opposing it say no what about my individual need to be able to be my own change agent and personal freedoms. Idealism vs Revolution. In previous contacts with these planets the American and French Revolution occurred, The Moon landing occurred when these planets were conjunct, Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas when it was in opposition. These planets are great indicators for expansive change to do around innovations for mankind.  The Internet is a Uranian innovation. When Jupiter and Uranus meet the expansion of innovation and revolution always eventuate but not always as one would expect. It is not as harsh as Saturn / Neptune, and it is working under the shadow of the changes that it brought.  But Jupiter / Uranus always goes big. Perhaps a ground breaking resolution to the Dakota Pipeline Protests. Innovative for the US with regards to Indiginous People’s Land Rights as well as a continuation of the Waves/Water and Walls water theme of the Saturn /Neptune square from 2016, which this protest was started under.

December 27 2016 @ 20 degrees, 2nd of March 2017 @ 22 degrees, September 28th 2017 @ 27 degrees of Aries and Libra.

Saturn Trine Uranus – Saturn will form trines (positive) aspects to Uranus on and off its opposition to Jupiter. This will give the Jupiter / Uranus transits an opportunity to ground itself (even tho it will be in Sagittarius a fire sign). This will help stabilise and settle the above process as it grows and evolves.

24 December 2016, 19 May 2017, 11 November 2017 in Sadge and Aries.

Jupiter Square Pluto – This is the first transit listed that doesn’t involve a fire sign. Jupiter Square Pluto is a very powerful dynamic and one that I feel will be the main stand alone player of the year. Jupiter the great benefic and expander will make a challenging aspect to Pluto / Hades or God of the Underworld. This will be a great opportunity to challenge and expand psychological mindsets that hold you down and will allow you to break free of certain mindsets that maybe holding you back. This isn’t a quick or fast paced energy but it is one that allows you to do some deep level clearing out of the psyche. Jupiter will be bringing in energy from a Librian slant. So there will be an element of the mind, intellect, Justice or even Art leading the charge in overcoming Plutonic re-workings of Government, Status/Image and Work challenges.

24th November 2016, 30 March 2017 & 4 August 2017 in Libra and Capricorn.

2017 sees us finishing off the changing dynamics 2016 offered, but in a slightly less aggressive way. With fresh optimism as Jupiter and Uranus come into focus. With Pluto playing strongly in these major trends.  It is an opportunity to move past deep psychological/sub-conscience shadow plays, which may previously have held you back.

2017 will help ease these changes in an expansive and potentially revolutionary or innovative way. It will be the last push to reconfigure your spark before strong conservatism looks to take over as the main energy coming into play. From 2018 as we enter the Saturn in Capricorn era, changing the landscape from a fiery smorgasbord to a slow earthy low hum, with deep structural shifts. This will be a slow but ‘structurally’ sound and conservative changes of affairs once we move away from 2017.

xx

Sarah

Mars Conjunct Pluto – The Transmutation

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There’s no map to human behaviour.

Bjork

This week is Mars Conjunct Pluto in Capricorn – creating the great transmutation. Every 2 years Mars the Warrior meets Pluto the God of the Underworld, to excellerate the evolutionary process. Mars is the accelerant to Pluto’s transformative powers as they join in Capricorn a sign that Mars relishes. Mars is super souped up after spending most of the year in Scorpio and Sagittarius due to an almighty retrograde.

Mars is the old ruler of Scorpio, with Pluto being its newer ruler. These two know each other and this Mars is super hot and turbo charged after being held up, delayed, frustrated yet reflective and self analysing in Scorpio. Its focus was the inner sub conscious, psychology, depth, the shadow and other people’s money, debt and loans. It then got fired up with Sagittarian things such as philosophy, travel, adventure and culture. Now it is in Capricorn where it’s thinking logistics, building, status and power, money and government. All these things blending together in this newly formed flame. When it meets Pluto this week it is firing up things that can transform you. Resurrect you.

Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn is an energetic release of energy that is really propelling you to take the bull by the horns and come out of the chrysalis. Things may happen suddenly and abruptly or they could be you deciding to step it up and speed up any transformation or change that you have been toying with for a while. The catch is that it might be in your sub conscious and not fully conscious. Because it is Pluto there will be fear attached. But Mars is here to burn off the fear and pull you out from a new birthing. This doesn’t have to be negative, it all depends where you are at.

Mars during its retrograde made a strong conjunction to Saturn, Capricorn’s is ruler in the past 3 months, making this a 3 way triple hit of rulers and signs blending and working with each other over a very small time period and it’s game on.

This Mars and Pluto conjunction will affect on a micro and macro level, with things also playing out on the world stage.  Jupiter coming in from Libra will also give a sub flow of an exaggerating need of balance of the individual and the group as well as justice.

The next few weeks will be interesting and a really good time to harness this energy at play and really work with it rather than against the process. How this unfolds for you as an individual and where it may play out will depend on your chart but this is a wonderful landscape for new beginnings and allowing the shadow side to be observed and welcomed to the whole. Bringing the shadow out of its shadow.

Peace xx

JUPITER IN LIBRA: Harmonising Balance

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” Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”   Albert Einstein 

Saturday 10th of September marks the ingress of Jupiter in to Libra after spending the last 13 months in Virgo. Jupiter in Virgo has seen the jovial expander and growth merchant apply to all things Virgoan; things such as work, daily routines & habits, health, body & body image.  Jupiter has enhanced, exaggerated or increased the focus of these things over the past year. Reflecting and reverberating in the area of life Virgo rules in your birth chart, which Jupiter was activating.

Jupiter in Virgo hasn’t always been easy as Jupiter is in detriment or simply is not completely comfortable in Virgo, it can’t expand as naturally as it would like. The 2 energies just don’t see things eye to eye. This shift into Libra finally sees Jupiter enter a sign that is receptive to Jupiter’s natural expansive behaviour, really gelling with Librian ideals of balance, harmony, relationships, creativity and artistry and justice. This should be a nice shift after the recent events such as Brexit and the refugee crisis. It will be interesting to see how these things are managed now Jupiter has ingressed in to Libra.

This shift of Jupiter is also happening at a time when other big cycles are completing. The much talked about Saturn / Neptune Square makes its final exact hit this week, with its final blast of either delusion busting or creative restructuring which began back in November 2015. This weekend also makes the mid-point of the last of the Virgo / Pisces Eclipses which is also a cycle in its ending. Eclipses are mass cleansing with its deep level affects taking up to 2 weeks – 6 months to manifest or reveal. All this whilst Mercury is retrograde in a sign it rules, Virgo !

Jupiter in Libra is fundamentally about harmony, balance,  justice, artistry and relationships. The expansion or exaggeration of these ideals in the area of life transiting Jupiter is hitting when it visits Libra in your chart is how this energy is interpreted.  Jupiter is the great gift giver, whether it be grounding or catapulting. Where Libra sits in your chart is the area of life that this Jupiter will grow with a Librian flavour.

Jupiter takes 12 – 13 months to transit a sign making it a  once in a 12 – 13 year cycle. The idea of these cycles is you grow and build from the last transit cycle 12 years ago and looking back to the last time Jupiter transited Libra is good to give you clues on what might be relevant or pertinent to you specifically.  The last two most recent Jupiter transits of Libra was October 11 1992 – Nov 10 1993 & September 25 2004 – October 25 2005, look to these time periods for clues as to what should be built.

Libra is a Cardinal Air sign. It’s a doer, its intellectual and it loves art, beauty and friendship. Moving on from Virgo’s focus on work, the body and day-to-day routine, this movement is looking to share this expansion with relationships with others and externalize the inner work  to an outer world and sphere. There is an element of pleasure and engagement with people, after all the day to day work done after its Virgo transit. With Jupiter in Libra its time to take creative buoyancy and enjoy the smoother waters of a more balanced energy when dealing with creativity and your presentation of self and your engagment with other in the outer sphere. This shift will be a real game changer as we step in to October and we feel a little more breathing space.

JUPITER IN LIBRA THROUGH THE SIGNS

ARIES / ARIES RISING

Jupiter will be activating your 7th house the natural home of Libra. Positive and helpful relationships with people will be fateful and fortuitous, with the potential to take a key relationship next level. As the 7th house also rules your ‘open enemies’ make sure you are always operating from your higher self and don’t get thrown if someone challenging you pops up ! It’s all in the name of self betterment and strengthening your relations with others and having a brilliant time while you’re doing it. Creative collaborations are blessed.

TAURUS / TAURUS RISING

Jupiter in your 6th house should see harmonious betterment in the areas of your daily routines, work and health routines. Having fun with your food, body image as well might pop up. This is a natural follow on from Jupiter in Virgo as Jupiter now hits Virgo’s natural home for you, however with the Librian influence things will be more harmonious and you will use your intellect to help push these things forward. You might also want to look at adding some sort of creative or artistic bent or element to you daily routine to max out this Jupiter in Libra influence.

GEMINI / GEMINI RISING

5th house focus of creative expression, true love and children (whether it be you have them or explore your own inner child) will be the focus of Jupiter for you this year. A bit like Taurus there is a big focus of creative expression for you. This will be a really pleasurable thing for you to explore or develop over this coming year. Libra has a strong artistic bent and the 5th house is the house of creativity for ego/self-expression and betterment. So do what ever really floats your boat that gives you an element of expression or creativity, Jupiter will really give you some satisfying rewards if you embrace it.

CANCER / CANCER RISING

Libra in Jupiter in the 4th house is all about home, family, origins and your deep roots. Things will be more happy and jovial around the home and some really lovely experiences or time will be well spent exploring or just simply enjoying this. This is a really nice gift for Cancerians as the 4th house is the natural home of your Cancer Sun. With Jupiter in Libra activating this area of your chart, it will be a really nice home-coming and lots of good foundations will be strengthened whist you have a grand old-time doing it !  This would be a great time to buy a home if you were in the market.

LEO / LEO RISING

Leo will have their 3rd house of communication, media, publishing and small trip activated. You will most likely be a voice of reason as Libra gives you the gift of the balancing gab over the next 13 months, something not always associated with Leo. Any small trips away will be good and l for you and you will perhaps find  new areas for your communication and expanding your methods of how you communicate.

VIRGO / VIRGO RISING

Chach Ching, after having Jupiter go through your 1st house of self and how you represent your self to the world, its time for the pay off !  2nd house Jupiter transits see you expand your sense of self-worth and financially see your pay increase. The 2nd house is all about your finances that you earn or create and your self worth. The next 13 months will be about you building a strong sense of self worth and increased income as Jupiter gives you gifts of work and insights that you didn’t see coming.

LIBRA / LIBRA RISING

1st house transit of Jupiter is all about you ! it’s all about your image, how you represent yourself to the world and how the world sees you ! Jupiter kind of likes to indulges so my only advice is watch the waist line it can quite easily expand with a who gives a fuq .. I’m enjoying myself to much to care ! Jupiter will give you a nice happy glow which will see others enjoy your company as you being your next full Jupiter cycle starting the outside ..before going in !

SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING

The inner secret world of the 12th house will be expanded by Jupiter transit. The inner realm, the sanctuary of the inner space you create to rest in or create will be expanded and given the gifts of insight as Jupiter finishes its 12 yearly cycle around your horoscope. Whether you just take time out, pursue some spiritual practice or just do whatever internally makes you happy,  you will get great reward and benefits from this ! Scorpio likes to go deep so Jupiter lighting a light within the inner self with the more calming and balancing energy of libra applying will see this be a great little transit for insights and internally recalibrating.

SAGITTARIUS /SAGITTARIUS  RISING

Sagittarius is the natural ruler of Jupiter, so you know this energy well and for this year your ruler will be activating your 11th  house of friendships, community groups and goals and ambitions. Basically its going to be a great year for networking, seeing or creating new friendships and getting involved in any kind of social activism. These are all things the Libra loves and Jupiter there expanding them and creating brilliant opportunities for you to indulge in them, which will be a really nice thing. Just watch out you don’t party to hard ! Because Sadges do like to party !

CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING

When Jupiter hits Libra in Capricorn 10th house you’re in your happy place ! the great gift giver and benefactor is activating your natural Capricorn sun’s home of Career, Status, Reward and Reputation. Libra a fellow Cardinal sign will give you some nice gifts as you have Pluto also transiting your sign but that’s a whole different story. Jupiter will offer rewards for all your hard work and killer job offer might be in the wings. Either way Jupiter will be activating in an area the you hold so very dear to your heart. And with Pluto transiting your chart, the rewards might be longer term.

AQUARIUS /AQUARIUS RISING

Jupiter will be making its way through its natural home for you this year Aquarius, its 9th house. Travel, Philosophy and Higher Learning will be highlighted for you and it would be a fantastic year to do any of the above. Jupiter is at home in the 9th house and any chance you get to travel, explore the nature of other cultures, higher thought processes or just high-end learning. You will be gifted many wonderful wow moments which will tie in to the natural interest you have for community, groups and social activism so any of the above pursuits would be well rewarded with light and internal growth.

PISCES / PISCES RISING

Pisces get the gift of exploration of your 8th house, an expansion and great opportunities for you to expand your deeper self. The 8th house is a magical house, a realm of deep psychological capacity, spiritually & sexually focused it also is the home of other people’s money ie: debt and taxes ! So you many be given the gift of a random windfall of a tax return or a great AHA moment if you choose to explore some of the metaphysical aspects of life, either way try not to let Jupiter’s tendency to expand to any debt ! This would be the less ideal way Jupiter could apply when transiting your 8th house ! Happy wandering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturn in Scorpio – Saturn’s last blast back to the Underworld

Screen shot 2015-07-14 at 2.21.18 PM“Saturn comes back around to show you everything, Let’s you choose what you will not see and then Drags you down like a stone or lifts you up again, Spits you out like a child, light and innocent.” Tool – The Grudge

Saturn’s Retrograde back into Scorpio on June 15th until September 2015 is the final stage of a transit that’s left most people emotionally exhausted and rinsed to put it mildly.

Saturn going through the dark depths of Scorpio over the past 2.5 years has seen many break up, downs and through’s in the areas of sex, psychology, external finances and esoteric beliefs.

All  the internal gunk we have been trying to avoid finally came spewing forward, the denials were no longer enough to contain it. We have realised through this transit the only way to get rid of this emotional gunk is to go through it and experience it, rather than skirt around it acknowledging it whilst waving thanks “I see you … but just stay over there!”

Saturn is a planet that gives structure by destroying all things that are not hurricane strength to allow deeper foundations to build on. Since this planet has been in Scorpio all things Scorpionic have firmly been in the firing line and Scorpionic things are not necessarily easy or straight-forward.

Saturn entered Scorpio on October 5th 2012 until 23rd December 2014.  Think back, what has changed, evolved or moved since then. Anything that has been evolving, changing or completely demolished since then, is what this final blast of Saturn is Scorpio is trying to finally integrate and finalise over the coming months, before pushes off for another 28 – 30 years.

People who have their Sun or personal planets (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars)  in Scorpio have been feeling the heat of the this Saturn transit over these planets the most. They would have felt a small reprieve when Saturn went in Sagittarius Dec 23rd 2014 until June this year, however since coming back for its final run, Saturn is  considered more potent. The best way to look at transits, is to look at how things unfolded in previous Saturn in Scorpio transits (Globally and Personally). It’s a good indicator about what Saturn in Scorpio is about.

The last time we had Saturn in Scorpio (November 29 1982 – November 1985), the AID’s crisis was in full swing and Safe Sex became the new catch phrase, people’s lives literally became dependant on it. Peoples attitudes towards Sex had to be transformed almost over night. During this current transit we have seen plenty of celebrity sex scandals, with a outing of many predatory figures being convicted of sex crimes. In the 1980s we also saw Capitalism in full swing, mass privatization, suddenly Governments around the world were selling state assets to private buyers changing how we view what is private and what is public Goods and Services. Currently we are still dealing with  fall out of the effects of the Global Financial Crisis, the current Greek financial crisis the last blast or culmination of the continued woes for the Euro as well as helping re-evaluating how a United Europe does business. Other people are certainly dictating other people (Greece’s) money. What is decided on for Greece will certainly dictate other similar scenarios in Europe for the near future.

This last phase of Saturn in Scorpio isn’t going to be easy but it will most certainly finish off what it started back in October 2012 and it will hopefully made you re-evaluate how you psychologically do things for the better over the next 28 – 30 years.  When Saturn moves into Sagittarius on the 18th of  September, there will be a collective sigh of relief but the changes that Saturn brought should allow you to have greater depth, conviction and make you psychologically stronger creating a solid platform to move forward from, with the large sigh of relief and mutterings of “thank god that’s over ! Seriously !”

Saturn in Scorpio through the Sun’s Houses & What is being Zapped 

Aries: 8th House of Sex, Psychology and Other People’s Money (Taxes, Inheritance etc)

Has there been a shift in who you choose to engage with (in a deeper emotional level) and have you made any psychological progression in how you process your needs and wants in life ? Has the process of dealing with other people’s money been more complicated with a bigger focus on compliance since 2012 ?

Taurus: 7th House of One on One Relationships with People, Personal and Business.

Could you have found the old irrelevant people have fallen away ? Are you looking at strengthening your one on one relationships with people and how you operate with them ?

Gemini: 6th House of Health and Daily Routines ie: Work and Service to others.

Have you found more blocks in the road, more things to juggle in how you go about your daily life and have you made smarter ways in making these things happen ?

Cancer: 5th House of Creativity, True Loves and Children.

Has there been a reassessment or strengthening of your creative foundations and what you truly love? Has there been a need to create firmer boundaries with any children in your life ? Could you have found that what you thought you loved has changed and morphed into something more solid and clearly definable then pre 2012 ?  Are you able to build on this more clearly ?

Leo: 4th House of Home, Ancestors, Roots and History.

Has your home life been more complicated and a struggle ? More barriers and rules or restrictions required to make things work better ? Has there been a change in the dynamic that requires more compliance and commitment to make things stronger and better ?

Virgo: 3rd House of Communication, Technology and Internet.

Have you had to simplify to make communication more effective and stronger ? Is the less is more approach more effective than pre 2012 ? Are all communications now requiring more thought processing before moving forward and stating your ideas, beliefs and concerns for more effectiveness ?

Libra: 2nd House of Personal Money and Self Worth.

So did that unexpected event rattle you enough to make you realise you ARE worth it and the only person who can really make you believe in yourself is YOU ? A bit of personal financial restructuring at the same time should create a “Voila” moment very shortly, if not a good base for you to finally expand on.

Scorpio: 1st House of How you Present yourself to the World and How the World sees YOU !

The complete overhaul of your identity and how you present yourself to the world is almost complete and integrated, Just wait until the pressure is off when Saturn goes into Sagittarius and you will feel it instantly. The hard slog was worth it !

Sagittarius: 12th  House of Private Space, The Inner you and Where you go to Retreat and Evolve and Develop.

This has helped prep you for Saturn going into Sagittarius in September when your own personal restructure and development will be there for the world to see, it will just be a work in progress until 2017 ! Don’t let the pressure get to you ! It will be worth it !

Capricorn: 11th House of Friends, Community and Hopes and Wishes.

So has Saturn made you re-evaluate your Friends and Communities giving you a satisfying space to move forward from ? All the deadwood is gone so now it will be time to swim with the dolphin instead of the sharks! Your Hopes and Dreams may have morphed a bit to since 2012 !

Aquarius: 10th House of Career Success, Achievements and Worldly appreciation.

The physiological transformation of what defines Career and Worldly Success is almost complete. There may have been some tough knocks along the way but once you begin to  pop out the other side in September you will know that the challenges were all worth it ! It’s a bit like turning Pro the harder way !

Pisces: 9th House of Philosophy, Religion, Travel, Different Cultures and Higher Education.

A bit like Aquarius the knock and the hard stuff will be worth it ! What you have learned from this Psychological churning will help adjust your philosophy as you dive into the next adventure knowing that your foundations and root beliefs both psychologically and philosophically are sound and solid IF you did the work and weren’t to busy helping everyone else out through their trauma’s

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Venus Retrograde In Leo – 40 days and 40 nights of Venusian Transformation


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” Goddess on the mountain top, burning like a silver flame, the summit of beauty and love and Venus was her name “ Bananarama.

Venus the Goddess of Love and Beauty starts her once and every 18 month retrograde in late July (July 25th until September 6). She begins this process by moving backwards in the night sky before disappearing from view as she moves behind the Sun magically reappearing after 40 days and 40 days as a bright Morning Star (visible under the Moon just before sunrise) . Where she goes during this time has been the story of many myths and legends. The Romans gave Venus the name Lucifer or Light Bearer because of the myth when she disappears from sight, she travels through Underworld to re-emerge wiser and more of a Warrior Venus after her journey to the Underworld, reclaiming her femininity and power. The biblical references to Jesus’s journey or sacrifice of 40 days and 40 nights comes from this Venus Retrograde cycle.

Venus retrograde’s are a reclaiming of ones light, going inwards to your own inner and sometimes underworld to reclaim and re-evaluate your Venus, your femininity and your values around relationships and yourself. It is through the different signs  at different retrogrades that we are able to look at our Venus in a different light, being able to evaluate and evolve with a different lens to that we are used to. It’s a beautiful time to allow yourself the time to reflect on these Venusian ideas of values in and around relationships, love, old love, femininity, health, beauty, self-love and self nourishment. With Venus being in Leo at the time of this retrograde, honouring your Venus in a Leo style is particularly beneficial, fortuitous and nourishing.

Leo is representative of The Sun, Royalty, Nobility, Dignity, Beauty, Creativity, Shining your light via opening your heart to others or letting the Performer / Inner Child shine. It’s the creative expression of this Venus as you go within which is of particular value at this retrograde time, with the easiest manifestation being the pursuit of great hair !  Leo’s love to indulge in beauty routines, things that make them look great and feel regal and dignified so they can stand out from a crowd. It’s about letting that Sun shine ! It’s not surprising Madonna, Jennifer Lawrence, Cara Delevingne and Jennifer Lopez are Leo’s, flowing tresses and immaculately groomed. If eyes aren’t on them they feel as if they have failed ! Tori Amos another Leo has never been afraid to stand out, either with her bright red hair or her unabashed  performances which see her at times orgasm whilst performing on stage.  It’s this unapologetic shining of ones Venus or Feminine light and reflecting on how we do it,  is really the point of this Leo retrograde, honouring and encouraging it. Its is a little bit, I am woman hear me roar !

The only warning for a Venus Retrograde is to not to do anything that can’t be easily changed back. Venus retrograde are never a great time to get Tattoos or Plastic Surgery if that’s your schtick … as sometimes things aren’t always fully revealed under Venus Retrograde, so any experiment’s should be easily fixable just in case in reflection you missed a very obvious piece of information !

It is a time where old flames may come back or past loves are in contact out of the blue. Venus Retrograde does signify past loves coming back or you could be thinking of them after a long absence of thought. Very nice for the reassessment and looking at how life has evolved since then. But not the best time to push forward on or pursue a relationship. The approach should be more, letting the relationship breath and allow for room for the fire to grow as you re-assess and honour yourself for a while.

Currently Venus has been playing around with Jupiter in the night sky. If you look up after Sunset for the first 4 hours, Venus and Jupiter are the 2 brightest lights in the sky if you look West.  Due to the  upcoming Retrograde this will be elongated as Venus moves back to conjunct Jupiter again in August. The two luckiest planets in the sky, the major and minor benefactor slowly doing a sexy tango in the closest orbit for some are saying for 2000 years. Right now is a great time to look up and view them at their most regal and magical. To see them physically in the sky whilst thinking of the thousands of years of mythology and legend around their existence and movement is a great way to start to honour this retrograde cycle.

Venus in Leo Retrograde through the signs.

Aries: 5th house of Creativity, Children, Love, play around with your creativity, let your performers side out a bit, use your femininity with children or feed your inner child by doing something you used to love doing. It’s about merging your femininity with your creative urges or at least reflecting on how to interconnect the two.

Taurus: 4th house of Home, Family, Roots and Ancestry. show your feminine light at home ! bring out your inner child at home. Be playful, and do some self nurture at home while you reflect on the past. Home based beauty routines would be great as well as spending more time looking after yourself rather than sacrificing yourself for your Home and Family.

Gemini: 3rd house of Communication, Siblings, the Internet. Add some affection and drama to your communication. Not everything has to be all intellectual and clinical. Could you look at the Internet as a way of new creative expression ?  New communication might  pop up with old flames.

Cancer: 2nd house of Money, Self made Finances and Self Worth. Simple – by some glamorous grooming and treating yourself to some feminine luxuries, it will improve your feeling of self-worth … full stop ! review your personal grooming, Are you doing enough to make yourself feel like a glamazonian ? Get out of the house and tart yourself up ! Go glam or go home !

Leo: 1st House of how you express yourself, show the world what your made of by reviewing your style, How you love and How you present yourself to the world and bam ! When Venus goes direct the world will see a new you ! Its all about reviewing how you present yourself, its as superficial as that !

Virgo: 12 house of Inner Self, Healing, The Secret You, Mysticism, this retrograde is about you assessing the very foundations of how you identify and express your femininity, this is an opportunity for inner transformation. Chrysalis to Butterfly kind of material. Your inner re assessment could allow you to restructure the essence of how you present and engage with your feminine side, with the butterfly beginning to emerge as Venus goes in to your home sign of Virgo in October , just as Jupiter the great benefactor has entered your Sun sign for a year transit. How fortuitous !

Libra: 11 house of Friends, Community, the Tribe and your Hopes and Wishes. Look to your friends to show you how you shine,  Do they support you, Do they help you shine?  What are your Hopes and Wishes with Love are you aiming high enough ? or is it just an idealist explosion ? Are your feminine lights pitching in the right direction ? Do your Hopes and Wishes or your tribe allow you to fulfill your own personal wishes or are they being brought down by Qi Vampires as you try to hold the balance?

Scorpio: 10th house of Career, Success achievement and Acclaim. Is your feminine light being expressed to its highest level for all the achievements and success that you truly deserve ? Why not ? Is your Venus the secret to your success in the outer world of Career and Success and do the right people see it ? Could a little more subtle glam help you ? Or are you hiding it not realizing it might be the key to your success.

Sagittarius: 9th house of Philosophy, Higher Learning, Travel. To be traveling or studying some kind of mythology maybe around Venus or Feminine Divine would be a nice way of honouring and exploring yourself during the retrograde, perhaps some philosophical eureka moments may present itself or even going back to philosophy’s that have been left for a while could be brought back into your daily routine to help your feminine expansion.

Capricorn: 8th house of deeper emotional connections with people, psychology, the esoteric, external money sources. Venus in Leo would be a great way to put some colour and performance with your deeper connections with people or psychological processing, new ways of dealing with emotional issues could present themselves with less pressure on barriers and more focus on fun, creativity, heart-felt connections and opening of ones heart without the usual Saturnian doom and gloom or conservatism (or as you see it, home truths and realities) that comes with Capricorn. This could work wonders for you in this retrograde cycle. Transformation via creative expansion rather than realist restrictions.

Aquarius: 7th house of One on One Relationships (Work, Personal and Enemies) A bit like Capricorn an opening or re assessment of ones heart and passion, rather than going all detached Air on it, to sit down and focus on what YOU want out of your relationships for YOU, not the greater good, or not for anyone else’s benefit, By opening your heart to what you want and looking at how this would help you flourish is the perfect way to honour yourself.

Pisces: 6th house of service, daily routine, health and wellbeing. Simple – take the bull by the horns and hammer out what you enjoy doing that makes the above areas of life more interesting, creative and exciting. Putting a bit more flair and Colour and attention into your health, working and day-to-day routine will make things less laborious and more fun, what would the child version of you do to make these things more fun and exciting ?

All the best for this upcoming Retrograde, and enjoy the process of re-evaluating how you explore and assert your feminine wellbeing.

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Tarot – An Archetypal Journey

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“There seem to be only two kinds of people: Those who think that metaphors are facts, and those who know that they are not facts. …Which group really gets the message?”

~Joseph Campbell~

I started working with tarot in late 2013, I have no idea why it finally jumped out at me after years of having no real interest in it. Astrology I had studied for years and loved, there seemed to at least be a physical base to Astrology, which I felt at the time tarot lacked. With Astrology at least it provided you with mythology around the planets while you were stargazing. Tarot, something about it never clicked, it was almost not physical enough for me.

But I’ll never forget the day, whilst on the tram, a thought popped into my head telling me to go buy a tarot deck. The impulse was too strong to ignore. Leaving the store the shop owner told me, “Its like Music, Astrology is the Major Key and Tarot is the Minor Key, they work together” It was then that I began to realised, this was the next phase of the journey and I, for some reason was ready to explore it.

Many people look to Tarot as fortune-telling device with “Will I get a boyfriend” or “Should I quit my Job”  being top of the fortune list. Tarot instead is a mirror to yourself and a tool to allow YOU to evolve, to help gain what you seek.

As an evolutionary tool  it allows you to look at the energies that are around you to help guide you to a better or more beneficial outcome. Tarot is more of a look in the mirror at how the metaphors of life and how the heroes quest or archetypal journey we are all on is working for you. Tarot allows us to pin point what we should consider to progress, whether you like it or not. It works by looking at how we can make better decisions or addressing things to help us progress. Tarot helps by looking at the differing options or things that will help you move forward in a more empowered fashion.

When it comes to the use of Tarot and other forms of divination freewill is always the key factor, as we have control over what actions we choose to or not take. We ARE in control of how we move forward in our lives. The outcomes may not always be what we choose but we certainly have power over how we react and move forward with things. Tarot  is a wonderful sign post, offering ideas, metaphors to consider as we go about our way, allowing us to reflect on what we are doing and to take a moment to consider the root causes and influences around us.

If we choose not to listen or look at these messages you will find that the same messages will come up over and over again. It’s quite remarkable how the same cards will come up over and over again, when we don’t take action. It was noted by many tarot readers at the time of pre September 11 how often the Tower came up. The Tower meaning sudden and life changing events which happens generally as a surprise and shock. The Tower marks to a life changing events in our lives on a fundamental and universal level.

In Europe the earliest recorded deck is the Visconti-Sforza tarot deck that dates back to 1451. Cards had been used for hundreds of years in Europe as entertainment and as an educational tool. Tarot cards, in line with this describe a spiritual and psychological journey that has spanned numerous years and cultures. This Journey is just as relevant today as it has been in the past.

Tarot has many cousins with Italian tarocchini and French Tarot (popular card games), being directly related. As for the rumour you can only do Tarot if you are given a deck, this comes from a time when having a deck saw your persecution hence people saying they were given a pack.

Tarot is a handy tool that allows you to look at what part of the journey your on and helps you assess where you’re at and what energies are currently around you and you are working with.  Tarot rather than a fortune-telling device is more of a philosophical and spiritual tool and one that is very much mis-understood. The more you explore it, the more you discover about yourself and that really is what the magic of life is all about and why the Tarot deck starts with the Fool. A person about to start a magnificent adventure with only themselves to rely on and life’s lessons as a guide.

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