Sunday 29th March – Saturday April 4th

Saturday 4th April

Day 12 of lock down and the restrictions continue. We are keeping to the rules, but I am feeling so fortunate here. The weather has been sunny if a little windy and we have been going for regular walks most days. We live out in the wilds and have a very beautiful lane just on our doorstep which we have been walking along quite regularly. It is lovely to see all the trees and flowers burst into life.

Horse chestnut tree

We are also lucky to have a village shop which I must admit to supporting more since lock down. I was very happy when I discovered they had tinned custard and malt loaf! They let people in two at a time and we all have to do a pas de deux of avoidance but it works well. Thank goodness too for contactless payment, that makes life easier.

Last week, I was invited by a five rhythms dance facilitator to join him in an online 5 rhythms of the wave, moving meditation dance session. It had been quite a long while since I had danced with him. He used to come to a village in North Norfolk just up the road from me and I attended his sessions for several years. Sadly, about two years ago, he decided to stop coming to Norfolk as he was not having enough people attend his classes and he travelled quite a long way to run them.

Well, 49 people showed up to the virtual session, we tuned in from our homes from all over the UK and we had an online dance and it worked and I loved it. So did everyone else by the look of it because yesterday there were 57! I’m looking forward to next week! So keep safe in these very difficult times and thank you to all the people who are working so hard to keep the country going.

Friday 3rd April,

Today Venus, planet of love, relationships and pleasure moves into chatty, media savvy Gemini yesterday. Gemini also rules your immediate neighbourhood and shops. , the internet and social media -there are lots of messages flying around at the moment. I really appreciate modern technology , it is brilliant for connecting us all and I am impressed by how inventive people are being. I am certainly having my technological knowledge challenged and expanded!

Venus

Tuesday 31st March

Today Mars which has been gaining on Saturn, is making an exact conjunction (at the same degree of the zodiac) to the heavy weight task master planet. This is a challenging aspect, as Mars wants to act and Saturn wants to control, and it is a frustrating time. Unfortunately, there are many people who are overworking out of necessity, doing a wonderful job keeping the rest of the country afloat. This is exhausting and incredibly demanding for them.

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Mars conjunct Saturn

Paradoxically, there are also as many other people who have suddenly found themselves unable to work as their industries have ground to a halt. I know some of them have managed to find work in the vital industries, this in itself must be a challenge, being thrown in at the deep end.

Overall, it appears that the best way forward is to continue to be controlled and patient, pace ourselves, be realistic and keep going. This is all easier said than done. On a lighter – or at this rate, heavier note I must admit to hitting the custard creams quite hard this week, uh oh! So far my jeans still do up, it is a good job I only bought one packet of biscuits. I read an article by an Italian lady and she said we would we eat whilst in lock down and she was right!

Monday 30th March

Well it’s day 7 of the UK’s lockdown and yesterday I decided to paint on a load of stones that I had collected a while back. I decorated each one with an astrological glyph including all the planets and several planetary aspects. I had a lovely time painting away whilst listening to old favourites such as Gerry Rafferty and Eva Cassidy. A morning well spent I think!

painting in progress

I have started to photograph these stones and upload them onto my computer. This has turned into quite a big job, mainly because I had a ton of photos on my phone which desperately needed sorting and culling. After beginning to sort through them systematically I came to the realization that I mainly photograph food, the moon, flowers, the cat, beaches and occasionally my husband! I can now add stones which I have painted to my list of photographic favourites.

Today Mars, planet of action, passion and anger has moved from practical Capricorn into airy Aquarius. So this could lead to feelings of rebellion and a need for freedom. On the plus side, it can also encourage us to act out of consideration for others. At the moment the news and social media are full of stories of people doing just that. Here in the UK there has been a huge response to Government’s request for volunteers to help with the NHS, delivering medicines, telephoning vulnerable people , etc.

Mars is also the planet of war and I have heard the term ‘fighting the virus’ used regularly. The fight against this virus continues and we cannot let up!

Just a note, if you can get a view of the South Eastern horizon tomorrow morning 31st March-before it gets light then look out for Mars Saturn and Jupiter all together. The sun rises at 6.37 am so you will need to be an early riser.

Sunday 29th March

Last week was a very unusual and challenging one as this invisible killer of a disease is taking a grip here in the UK.

Saturn planet of responsibly and restriction

I was getting quite scared at the beginning of last week but I am relieved to say that my anxiety levels have settled down, thank goodness and we are observing the restrictions set in place by the government. We are lucky, we are all still well at the moment in our family and my hubby works from home. We also live in rural Norfolk so we can get out and walk in our local countryside. Even my son who is never keen on the out doors has been for a walk or two! I think even he got tired of the internet – no surely not!

We also had lovely weather last week, and we’ve been working in our veggie plot, it has never looked so tidy! Today we went out for our daily Boris walk and even though the wind was cutting we still got a bit of sun. The black thorn is coming out, sprinkling the hedgerows with white blossom.

I have had a few firsts this week-

I attended an online new moon drum session via Zoom -well I tried to, I got in OK and the lady who runs it was just about to start when my internet connection went down. Still, it was an initiation into Zoom which is great by the way! If you don’t know it is an online forum where people can meet up and run groups etc. It has suddenly become very popular!

I attended an online 5 rhythms class via Zoom and manged to last the whole session, that was fun prancing around my kitchen with 48 other virtual participants. My son nearly joined me then decided against it!

I bought vegetables and fruit from my local farm shop in lockdown by passing my order and money through the window and then waiting for them to make it up for me. Luckily it was a lovely warm morning so I sat in the sun in their yard- 6 feet away from the other customers waiting for my order. It was all very calm and organised. I even met one of my neighbours who I hadn’t seen for a while and we had a socially distanced chat.

Astrologically, on 21st March Saturn, planet of restrictions, rules and reality moved from earthy practical Capricorn where it has been for two and a half years, into society orientated Aquarius. It will be in Aquarius for the next two and a half years. How will this pan out?

Well, right now, this is certainly a time for us all to behave responsibly. We have to restrict (Saturn) our social interactions (Aquarius) for own own safety and those of other people. A lot of people who are not key workers are suddenly not working. We are all now very reliant upon our NHS which we need to protect as it is doing a fantastic job through incredibly challenging times.

A few weeks ago it would have seemed unbelievable to be in lock down but here we are. I know some people find these social distancing rules very difficult whereas others are enjoying the peace and time to relax. I would definitely struggle if I couldn’t get outside, I am lucky to have access to outside space. Also, we don’t know how long this is going to take, Saturn takes its time.

I am also very impressed with how inventive and adaptable people are. The internet is certainly getting a lot of use at the moment and that is associated with the sign of Aquarius as it is new technology. I for one am very grateful to the internet. I also know that quite a lot of us have had to overcome our fears (Saturn) of using technology in order to connect with people in the virtual world.

Another Aquarian theme which has arisen in this crisis is kindnesses and a sense of community. There is a strong sense that we are all in this together and are all helping one another. Long may this sense of camaraderie continue in this very scary and difficult time.

Talking of kindness, I would like to thank all the people who are working so hard in this crisis to keep to the rest of us going, all carers, everyone in the NHS, all the undertakers, police, food producers, shop workers, lorry drivers, delivery drivers, post workers, electricity, water, phone workers, refuse collectors, and everyone else who is just getting on with their vital work.

Thank you.

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