Christmas is fast approaching and I am looking forward to the Norfolk Astrology Association’s first Christmas meal out at Sculthorpe Mill near Fakenham. It’s this coming Saturday 7th December- bring on the lunch!
Monday 2nd December
Jupiter, planet of luck, generosity, faith and exaggeration is the ruler of upbeat Sagittarius. It has been moving through this sign for a year since November 9th 2018. Today- December 2nd, it moves into the next sign of the Zodiac , serious hardworking Capricorn. So all you Capricorns out there, look for a boost of enthusiasm and hope for the next year or so, until December 18th 2020.
As a Saggie I have enjoyed this boost of enthusiasm and optimism and I am lucky to say that I’ve had a pretty good year. I have enjoyed running astrology workshops, collaborating with other people, presenting talks, doing individual consultations, writing about astrology and generally sharing my astrology knowledge.
Jupiter is nowhere near as comfortable in Capricorn as in Sagittarius, as that Jupiterian optimism can be dampened by Capricorn’s seriousness. However, on the up side, Capricorn is highly realistic and this combination of vision and pragmatism can encourage us to make things happen.
So this coming year with Jupiter in Capricorn it is time to work to put our knowledge and grand plans into practice. If we’ve had lucky breaks this year, (as I did!) now is the time to build on them, keep going and focus on our projects and goals.
I’m a happy bunny! Last night after all that rain and cloud we had a clear evening and I finally managed to see Venus. We were trying to spot it at our Inanna workshop last Sunday but it was hidden by dense clouds. Last night however, I got lucky. I saw the lovely crescent moon quite low on the horizon just as it was getting dark a beautiful sight in its own right. I always think that first sighting of the new crescent moon is exciting and a sign of promise.
I knew Venus was lower than the moon and we live in a bit of a dip with no clear view of the south western horizon so I drove half a mile or so onto the main road where you can get a clear view and as I headed up the hill, there was bright Venus twinkling enticingly. I was happy and drove safely and stopping in a layby to get a good view. The things I do in my planet hunting – I then went to the farm shop for mushrooms to justify my trip out! 😉
Tonight is also clear and the moon is visible now in the South west a beautiful crescent, slightly fuller than last night it’s quite cloudy on the horizon to see Venus,and it will soon set so you get a short window of opportunity to see it. If you’re looking, good luck! If you don’t see Venus the moon is lovely, I adore that combination of blue and silver.
This image is my version of the 8 pointed star, symbol of Inanna, the ancient Sumerian goddess of love. She was Sumeria’s Venus.
Tuesday 26th November
Venus planet of love moves from generous, enthusiastic Sagittarius into serious Capricorn. This can be a bit of bump, a morning after type of feeling. On the plus side, Sagittarius can go over the top whereas Capricorn is all about reality. So on the run up to Christmas Venus in Capricorn can help us to be sensible in our approach to the festive season. It is very easy to go overboard and overspend particularly when we are being encouraged by glossy adverts to buy buy buy. I can get a bit excitable in my local supermarket!
Venus in Capricorn ties in with the rise with a responsible and considered attitude to gift giving. So it is worth taking time to think what your nearest and dearest would really like, this may well be time spent with them rather than fancy presents. So watch out family, I’ll be round to bother you with my homemade recycled presents. I have plenty of rubber bands, string and imagination..! 😉
Astrologically, it is a busy day today as in addition to Venus moving into Capricorn we have a new moon in Sagittarius. New moons indicate a new beginning of another new cycle. This is a good time to harness the Sagittarian enthusiasm and set your intention for this lunar month. Sagittarius is the sign of the Archer, so loosen your bow and shoot those arrows off. Remember, with Venus in Capricorn keep those intentions realistic and be prepared to work towards your goals.
Monday 25th November
Well this is what we were hoping to see last night in Norfolk- Jupiter conjunct Venus! I’m going to try again tonight, they will still be quite close to one another but are gradually parting company; definitely worth a look though.Venus will continue to grace our evening skies in the coming months so look out for a bright ‘star’ in the West after sunset. Astrologically Jupiter conjunct Venus is a time of generosity and sharing of love and kindness. Photo from Yahoo lifestyle Jamie Carter Nov 19th 2019.
Sunday 24th November
I’m very happy to say that our event Inanna’s Descent went well and we had a lovely day at Bawdeswell Village Hall. Thank you to Tuesday Simmonds for working with me and all the ladies who joined us. We were hoping to spot the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter but unfortunately it was too cloudy. Instead, I came away with this beautiful rose which is a symbol of the goddess; you can’t win them all!
The sun moves into the sign of Sagittarius today marking the start of Sagittarius season today. So happy birthday to my fellow Saggies. I have quite a few Sagittarius friends, I always have lots of cards to send at this time of year. Here’s my ‘Star Talk’ for Sagittarius in December’s Issue of Let’sTalk magazine
Tuesday November 19th
Mars planet of action moves into deep decisive Scorpio today. Mars is much happier in Scorpio than it is in Libra. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio along with the modern ruler, Pluto. This placement signifies courage and determined action. When Mars is in Scorpio it is a good time to cut the faff and get straight to the point! So if there’s something you have been putting off, now is the time to start to put your plan into action. This will be helped tomorrow as Mercury planet of communication – also in Scorpio is turning direct. So it may be that secrets and issues are coming to light which help you make a decision and give you the opportunity to move forward. A word of warning, be sure of your action because with Mars in Scorpio what’s done is done!
Sunday November 17th
How are you doing with the current Mercury retrograde? So far I’ve been quite lucky, I had an unexpected win on a local prize draw. I’ve also found a couple of charity shop bargains, I’m pleased with them but thy were not quite what I was thinking of buying, I was hoping for a long floaty skirt. I actually landed up with a smart brown skirt and a red tunic- not to be worn together! I’ve now got 2 new outfits thanks to a couple of purchases from my favourite shop – M and S. Expect the unexpected when Mercury is retrograde! My husband supports artist Lizz Lunney and her latest cartoon features Mercury Retrograde.
Today we have the conjunction of Mercury, planet of communication and the sun. It is an interior conjunction- Mercury is between us and the sun. At this particular conjunction, the Sun, Mercury and earth are in exact alignment. This makes it possible to see the transit of Mercury and observe the tiny messenger planet scampering across the face of the giant sun. Although Mercury regularly makes interior conjunctions to the sun it is rare that the 3 heavenly bodies are all lined up so that the transit is visible. The next visible one is in November 2032! A word of warning, you must never look directly at the sun and the safest way to see a transit is by projecting the image onto card. However as with all sky watching you need a clear sky. Unfortunately, there is – not much chance of that here in Norfolk today. Still, you can always use the virtual telescope project if you would like to see it. I do love modern technology! https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/
We had a great meeting on Saturday at Guist Post office and cafe. Thank you to Joyce for your informative and well researched session about the ascendant, sun and moon in the chart. It gave us plenty to think about and discuss. Thank you to everyone who came and welcome to our new members.
I’m happy to say that booking is well underway for December’s Xmas meal at Sculthorpe Mill on Saturday 7th December at 2pm. The menu looks fab, I struggled to decide! Most people have chosen their options and paid their deposit to me which is great! I will take it all to the Mill next week, I am aiming to go on Wednesday November the 13th so if you’d like to join us and haven’t booked please contact me before that date. Details of the menu are in the event page under December’s meeting for the NAA.
January’s meeting is on Saturday 4th January at Guist Post Office and Cafe. Liam will lead the session and we will be looking at the long awaited Saturn Pluto conjunction in Capricorn which is coming up on Sunday 12th January.
Ooh Halloween is upon us. All Hallows’ Eve, the Pagan festival of Samhain. It is a cross quarter day, half way between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. So just over 6 weeks to Christmas folks!
Halloween is a time of embracing the dark, so look out for spooks tonight! I am quite sad to say that at 14 my son has outgrown trick or treat. When he was little I loved going round the village with him. They have a great system here, if you want trick or treaters you leave a lit pumpkin visible and wait for the knocking to begin. We live down quite a dark lane and hardly ever get trick or treaters ‘cos its too scary! We used to get the neighbours’ kids when they were young, but since they have become teenagers I gave up buying sweets and munching them all.
Also today Mercury planet of communication is turning retrograde beginning its third journey of the year into the underworld. Moving from evening ‘star’ to morning ‘star’. Some people find this a frustrating time as Mercury tends to move into his trickster mode at this time and communications can get tangled and messages can go astray. Delays are also likely and short journeys may turn into long ones. Round here we seem to have quite a few road works and diversions which cause confusion and delays!
Wednesday 30th October
Today Venus planet of love is conjunct (at the same degree of the zodiac) as Mercury, planet of communication. They are both in the mysterious sign of Scorpio so you may find out secrets today or discover hidden information. It is a good time for private chats with a loved one. On our recent trip to Corfu we visited The Achilleion Palace and found Venus posing in the hall way. I couldn’t resist a photo!
Monday 28th October 2019
It’s Monday morning and a new moon in Scorpio. So another lunar month starts, leading us into the dark months and this week we have Halloween. I am still adjusting to normal life after a holiday in beautiful Corfu. We were so lucky to have a week of fantastic weather and we have returned to Norfolk sunkissed and midge nibbled!
Our hotel faced West over the Ionian Sea and each evening we were treated to beautiful sunsets. I got very excited last Saturday evening as we managed to get a seat on the balcony and I saw the planet Venus twinkling in the afterglow before she sunk into the sea. It was the first time I had seen it in its evening ‘star’ position as it is just reappearing after sunset but is still quite tricky to spot at the moment. As time continues it will get brighter and easier to see.
The afterglow of the sunset, Venus was shimmering coyly in the haze.
We can’t escape the fact that here in the northern hemisphere winter is on its way. Today the sun moves into Scorpio to join Venus and Mercury. This is the time of year of endings when the frosts are coming and the vegetation is dying back and we are preparing for the dark nights. The clocks go back at 2am on Sunday 27th October, which is this coming Sunday. Halloween and bonfire night are just around the corner… Here is my article about Scorpios in ‘Lets Talk’ magazine.
It’s a full moon tonight, I’ve just popped out to have a look, it is quite dramatic with dark scudding clouds crossing its face. It rose at 18:36 just after sunrise and will be exactly full tonight at 22:07.
The sun is still in Libra so the full moon is in its opposite sign of Aries. Situations often come to a head at full moon and this one is in passionate Aries so they are likely to do so quickly and directly. It is also square Pluto and Saturn so there could well be tension in the air. This is a time of letting go of habits that no longer serve us, a time to be courageous and express who we truly are!
It’s feeling autumnal here, it’s quite chilly and has been wet. I’ve cleared the allotment of the last of the beans and courgettes and will tackle the tomatoes in the poly tunnel soon. The sun is in Libra and will be until October 23rd but we certainly have a tinge of Scorpio in the air! Mercury planet of communication moved into Scorpio a week ago and Venus, planet of love joined him in the sign of mystery and intrigue on Tuesday October 8th. Venus is not too happy in Scorpio, it is the opposite sign to Taurus which is ruled by Venus. Astrologers say that Venus in Scorpio is in detriment.
Venus in Scorpio is courageous, mysterious and highly passionate. With mercury in the mix, look out for secrets coming to light.
Photo from i.TheHoroscope.co
Wednesday October 9th 2019
Yesterday’s talk ‘The Mysterious Moon’ seemed to go down well with the group in Norfolk. I had quite a few people come up and say that they enjoyed it, which is always encouraging. The group were very welcoming and helpful and I stayed for a very tasty lunch. I do appreciate food that I haven’t had to cook!
Sunday 6th October
I’m happy to say that yesterday’s meeting of the Norfolk Astrological Association at Guist Post Office went off well and we had 8 people attend. We looked at progressions and solar returns and I hope I didn’t addle too many brains! Thank you to everyone who came along. Next month we will be meeting on the first Saturday in November- Saturday 2nd November 1.45 – 3.45pm in our usual place, Guist Post Office and Cafe. Joyce will be choosing a topic for us. When I hear from her I will post the details.
This morning Mars, planet of action moved into peace loving Libra. Mars is not particularly happy here, Mars is the natural ruler of the sign Aries which is Libra’s opposite sign. When a planet falls in its ruler’s opposite sign astrologers say that the planet is in detriment. Mars wants to act fast and directly whereas Libra wants to negotiate, consider or even please the other person. So this is a time to be patient with ourselves and to fight to correct imbalance and injustice.
Thursday October 3rd
The planets are on the move (as always) but today Mercury planet of communication is moving into secretive mysterious Scorpio. Along with that, Pluto planet of rebirth and transformation and ruler of Scorpio moves direct. It has been retrograde- appearing to go backwards since April of this year. This is a time of revelations and discussions of serious matters where secrets may come to light offering an opportunity for analysis and healing.
So if you have important issues to discuss now is a good time to do so. However, a word of caution, consider what you say carefully because once something is said it cannot be unsaid! I am a Sagittarius and it has taken me quite a few years to get the hang of that one!
Sunday 29th September
We are now in a new moon cycle, there was a new moon in Libra yesterday evening- Saturday 28th September. New moons occur every month and are times of new beginnings. In keeping with the Libra theme, this a time of balance and adjustment. It is often a time of harvest and with harvest comes work and decision making!
We have been busy this weekend, dodging the rain storms and collecting and processing fruit. Our neighbour very generously let us pick some of his pears and cooking apples and we have been chopping and slicing. We decided to cook and freeze the apples and to slice and dry the pears. We have a dehydrator- one of my Gemini husband’s gadgets and we have been drying pear slices to add to cereal. They are lovely and the house smells very autumnal at the moment. I do enjoy this time of year harvesting and preserving. It will be green tomato chutney time soon!