The sun is going into Pisces as I write. It joins Venus planet of love and relationships and Mercury the communicator which moved into Pisces this morning. They also join dreamy intuitive Neptune which is in Pisces for eight more years.. So now is a dreamy sensitive time, a time to go with the flow and to act with compassion. Happy birthday to all Pisceans who will be celebrating their solar returns in the next monthImage from Roman Mythology Info Weekly
We have a solar eclipse coming up this Thursday 15th February. Eclipses happen in pairs and the first one of this pair was on the 31st of January. Do you remember the spectacular super blue blood moon? That was the lunar eclipse when the moon was full in Leo and the first of this pair on the Leo Aquarius axis.
Now the moon is waning and when it is new on Thursday we will have a solar eclipse in Aquarius the opposite sign to Leo. This is a partial one and it is not visible from the UK.
Leo and Aquarius are both fixed signs requiring us to stand tall, Leo is ruled by the sun and is creative and passionate. Aquarius is ruled by rebellious Uranus and also thorough Saturn and is about challenging boundaries and doing things in our own way.
Eclipses signify endings and beginnings so when the eclipses fall in Leo and Aquarius issues around creativity and self expression usually come to the fore. Did any issues arise for you two weeks ago around the lunar eclipse in Leo? Often at the lunar eclipse we discover what we need to change and let go of and at the solar eclipse we can begin to put this change into action. Scary but necessary! Good luck.
Have you heard about the upcoming lunar eclipse which is happening on Wednesday 31st January? It is quite exciting as it has three things going for it;
1 It is a ‘supermoon’ (when the moon is closest to the earth). Full super moons look massive and are very bright.
2 It is a ‘blue moon’ – the second full moon in a calendar month.
These happen once every two or three years. The first full moon of January 2018 was on 1st January in Cancer.
3 It is a ‘blood moon’ ; a total lunar eclipse where the moon appears red at totality. This is caused by the same mechanism as red sunrises and sunsets. The bluer light rays in the spectrum are filtered out leaving the red hues. This is called Rayleigh Scattering.
Totality occurs at 13.31 GMT and as moonrise is not until dusk, 16.55 we won’t be able to see the eclipse here in the UK. The West coast of America should have a good view as will the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand. Anyone fancy a quick trip? Photo; Deanne Fortnam from the time and date website.
What does this mean astrologically? Eclipses indicate change and often herald endings and new beginnings. This eclipse falls across Leo – the Moon, and Aquarius – the Sun. It is in a series of Leo and Aquarius eclipses which started in 2016. This axis highlights issues of self and creativity (Leo) and the collective (Aquarius) So it’s a time to consider how you are expressing yourself and what you want to share with others.
I have booked to attend some fairs so I will be out and about soon in Norfolk.I will be offering astrological birth chart readings and astro card readings.The first three are with Spiritual Flow Events whose events are always warm and friendly and free to enter. I have also booked with Rainbow Festivals for the first time. I’m looking forward to all of these. Why not pop along? I’d love to see you. The details are as follows;
1 Saturday 10th February 10am-4pm
Mind Body Spirit Fair hosted by Spiritual Flow Events.
Assembly Rooms Swaffham
Norfolk PE37 7QH
2 Saturday 17th March 2018 10am – 4pm
Mind Body Spirit Fair hosted by Spiritual Flow Events.
The Memorial Hall
62 Norwich Street
Norfolk NR19 1AD
Saturday 10th April 10am – 5pm
Mind Body Spirit Fair hosted by Spiritual Flow Events.
The Corn Exchange
Tuesday Market Place
Norfolk PE30 1JW
4 Saturday 16th June 2018 from 11am
Rainbow Summer Solstice Festival hosted by Rainbow Festivals
Hope to see you there!
The first new Moon of 2018 occurred early this morning; 2.18am GMT when it joined the sun at 26 degrees of Capricorn. It forms part of a stellium (grouping of 3 or more planets) in Capricorn which is practical, serious, ambitious and industrious.
Also, Mars and Jupiter are conjunct in determined and courageous Scorpio, Mars is the joint ruler of Scorpio and is powerful there. When Mars is joined by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and enthusiasm we may feel very energetic, or we could feel frustrated and angry, as this can be an emotionally volatile time.
However,we may feel the urge to do what we have been putting off. Capricorn is ambitious,organised and in it for the long haul.So this is a good time to set realistic goals and commit to them. The planets in Scorpio suggest that it is a good time to find the courage and strength to accomplish whatever we need to, this is not easy; but it is rewarding.
(picture from Ganesha Speaks)
Happy New Year. I hope you enjoyed Christmas and new year. We went on holiday this year to Yorkshire. It was the first time we had been away at Christmas and we really enjoyed being in the middle of nowhere in winter. It reminded me of one of my favourite poems written by a Yorkshireman Ted Hughes. I love the feeling of stillness and power conveyed in his poem
I climbed through woods in the hour-before-dawn dark.
Evil air, a frost-making stillness,
Not a leaf, not a bird –
A world cast in frost. I came out above the wood
Where my breath left tortuous statues in the iron light.
But the valleys were draining the darkness
Till the moorline – blackening dregs of the brightening grey –
Halved the sky ahead. And I saw the horses:
Huge in the dense grey – ten together –
Megalith-still. They breathed, making no move,
with draped manes and tilted hind-hooves,
Making no sound.
I passed: not one snorted or jerked its head.
Grey silent fragments
Of a grey silent world.
I listened in emptiness on the moor-ridge.
The curlew’s tear turned its edge on the silence.
Slowly detail leafed from the darkness. Then the sun
Orange, red, red erupted
Silently, and splitting to its core tore and flung cloud,
Shook the gulf open, showed blue,
And the big planets hanging –
Stumbling in the fever of a dream, down towards
The dark woods, from the kindling tops,
And came to the horses.
There, still they stood,
But now steaming and glistening under the flow of light,
Their draped stone manes, their tilted hind-hooves
Stirring under a thaw while all around them
The frost showed its fires. But still they made no sound.
Not one snorted or stamped,
Their hung heads patient as the horizons,
High over valleys in the red levelling rays –
In din of crowded streets, going among the years, the faces,
May I still meet my memory in so lonely a place
Between the streams and the red clouds, hearing the curlews,
Hearing the horizons endure.
Photo from the Bowerdale website
This December is a busy time of year astrologically as well as socially! Yesterday, Wednesday 20th December, Saturn, planet of responsibility, time, rules, restriction and hard work changed signs. It has moved from Sagittarius into Capricorn. It has been in Sagittarius for over two years. Sagittarius rules education and it is interesting to note that the law changed in 2017 so that now teenagers must stay in education until age 18.
Things should feel a bit lighter for all us Saggies as Saturn has moved out of our sign. However, Saturn has gone into its own sign of Capricorn, so these next two years will be an opportunity for us all to work and focus on what we would like to build for ourselves. Capricorn is an ambitious, focused sign which likes to plan ahead so it is time to set some firm foundations in place.
Today, Thursday 21st December, the sun follows Saturn into Capricorn.The sun’s move into Capricorn indicates the winter solstice (in the northern hemisphere). It occurs at 4.29 pm GMT today. So tonight is the longest night. This is the turning point of the year, when the sun’s strength starts to increase. I wish you all a very happy festive season.
We are coming up to that phase in the month when the sun meets the moon at the same degree in the sky and we have a new moon. As the sun is in Sagittarius we will have a new moon in Sagittarius. This will be on Monday 18th December. New moons are always a time of renewal and this one forms part of a bunching of planets (stellium) in freedom loving Sagittarius. The moon in astrology represents our emotions. It is close to Saturn and Venus and making a positive aspect to Uranus. This all adds up as a message to take responsibility for our emotional needs so we can feel a sense of emotional self reliance. Saturn is the planet of responsibility, Venus is the planet of grace and love and Uranus is the planet of independence. I find it rewarding when I do something which I may doubt I can do without having to ask for help. It also makes other people’s lives easier too!
Have you seen the moon recently? It was full last night and was and still is, incredibly bright. This is because this month’s full moon is a ‘Super Moon’. This occurs when the full moon coincides with its perigee position, or its nearest point to the earth. The moon’s orbit of the earth is elliptical (oval) so its distance from us varies throughout the month.
This full moon was in Gemini and highly visible all night. A full moon always rises around sun set and sets around sunrise. As it wanes it rises and sets later each day. Here in Norfolk, it rose at 4.11 pm last night and set at 8.14 am. We were lucky enough to see it setting over our neighbour’s roof this morning. This evening, it rose at 5 pm and will set at 9.24am, so have a look out for it tomorrow if it’s not too misty!
Astrologically, this is a time of reflection, Mercury planet of communication rules this full moon in Gemini and Mercury is in Sagittarius. Mercury has just stationed, ready to go backwards (retrograde) when Mercury goes retrograde communication can get tangled and plans can go awry.
Both Sagittarius and Gemini are interested in communication. Gemini likes information and Sagittarius likes the big picture, they are both adaptable but distractable mutable signs.They are also both making a hard aspect to Neptune in Pisces, another mutable sign. There may be confusion and distraction in the air, so now is a good time to assimilate information, reflect, look at things from different angles and to let events unfold before rushing to make decisions.
Today we start another lunar cycle with the new moon in Scorpio. Venus and Jupiter are joining the sun and moon in Scorpio, so there is quite a strong emphasis on this sign. Scorpio is in intense passionate sign, very determined and instinctual. So this is a time to ‘trust your gut’ over things, especially matters of the heart which are ruled by Venus, planet of love and relationships.
Venus is an ‘interior’ planet; it is between the earth and the sun. So from our perspective it always appears quite close to the sun. The furthest it can be away from sun is 48 degrees.
This means that whatever your sun sign Venus will either be in the same sign, the one next to it or the one beyond it. For example, as a Scorpio you could only have Venus in Scorpio, Libra, Virgo, Sagittarius or Capricorn. This is where astrology gets interesting when you start blending all the different influences.
The whole chart has to be considered, but if you have two people with sun in Scorpio; both are likely to be display Scorpio traits such as being private, determined and intuitive. However, if one of them has Venus in Sagittarius which is an open, upbeat sign they are likely to be more out going than the one with Venus in Scorpio. The Venus in Scorpio person would have a ‘double dose’ of Scorpio so is likely to be very private about affairs of the heart. (photo from the astrology place)