Saturday 18th May 2019
This evening we will have a full moon in intense Scorpio. It is opposing the sun in Taurus- full moons always oppose the sun. Also today Venus, planet of values and relationships is in Taurus conjunct Uranus planet of sudden change. This is when things come to light and we can see what is really there. We may also need to make changes, and a bit of courage always helps with this when we have to do new things which feel scary. I’m building up for my talk at the astrological association conference. It is a month today, it is certainly exciting but a bit scary too, I speak in public quite regularly but it is the first time I have spoken at an astrology conference! The themes of my talk are very Taurus and Scorpio about the beautiful queen of heaven and fertility who goes down into the underworld to meet her dark sister.
Thursday 16th May 2019
Today, Mars planet of energy, enthusiasm and action moves from quick witted airy Gemini into sensitive moody Cancer. This is quite a shift, if things have been rather frantic of late, they should slow down a bit. However, do tread carefully as people (especially water signs) could be feeling quite sensitive and easily offended. A little bit of patience helps the world go round! I will have to remember that when I am trying to persuade my son to get to bed!
I found this crab on the beach last year and just had to take a photo! The symbol for Cancer is the crab; sensitive inside a hard shell.
Wednesday 15th May
Today Venus , planet of love and beauty moves into its own sign of Taurus. This is a very sensual placement so it is great time to relax and enjoy the good things in life, just watch out for overindulging on the cake front.
Venus joins the sun, Mercury and Uranus in Taurus. This is what astrologers call ‘Taurus season’ and at the risk of sounding like my mother, everything is so beautiful now, it is such a lovely time of year, so green and luxurious.
We went to the garden centre yesterday and they had a wonderful tunnel of wisteria which smelt so sweet in the spring sunshine.
I’m aiming to get into my allotment to day to try and tame all those enthusiastic weeds. Yesterday marked the start of a new growing season for our poly tunnel as I put the tomato plants into their new home, bring on the summer!
Saturday 11th May
Yes! I got to see the moon last night, it was sailing high in Leo as I went to shut my chickens up in the chilly evening. We were extravagant last night and my husband lit a fire in May, it was very cosy. The rain has cleared now but it is quite cloudy in the West, so I might be lucky and get another glimpse of the moon which will be at first quarter early tomorrow morning. It will continue waxing all next week and be full next Saturday the 18th of May.
Photo of first quarter moon from sky watching.
Friday 10th May
We are having a lot of rain and grey skies recently here in Norfolk, and whilst this is good for our gardens, it rather restricts any sky watching activities! The moon is waxing but I haven’t seen it yet this lunation. Judging by the forecast I may have to wait a couple more days. The moon is currently in its own sign of Cancer which is home-loving, caring and sensitive. This afternoon it moves into creative, confident Leo. If the weather does clear at all then it will be visible all evening until 1.30am tomorrow morning as a waxing crescent. The time of the waxing moon is one of expansion and enthusiasm.
Thursday 9th May
I am excited to be running another joint workshop with yoga teacher Gini Harrison. This great event combining yoga and astrology at the summer solstice is coming up in June.
It is on Saturday June 22nd from 09:30-13:00
At the beautiful Kelling Studio in North Norfolk close to Holt post code- NR25 7EW
If you would like to join us, please contact me to book a place.
Wednesday May 8th
Today Mercury planet of communication is next to – conjunct Uranus planet of sudden changes in surprises. They are in the sign of determined, creative Taurus. Mercury moves quickly so this aspect will last until Saturday, at this time expect things plans to change and things to come to light. Mercury and Uranus are both planets associated with ideas so you may have bright ideas and new ways of thinking. As they are in practical Taurus you may find find alternative solutions to practical problems. However, things may take longer than you would like them to, try not to rush, just let things evolve, Taurus is not a hurrier.
Tuesday 7th May
Good morning. What a difference a day makes, it’s lovely out there. Today I am working on my Inanna talk as the date is getting closer. It is on Saturday 15th June at the Astrological Association’s Conference at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire, my home county. The conference theme this year is Turning Lead into Gold. My talk is Inanna and Ereshkigal, Into The Great Below. closerhttps://www.astrologicalassociation.com/pages/conference/2019/index.php
This evening, at 19.25 BST Mercury, fast moving planet of communication moves from energetic Aries into steady, patient Taurus. If things have felt a bit hectic and rushed recently, then this shift should help you to slow down and smell the bluebells. Taurus is a sensual sign, so it is good time to relax and appreciate this beautiful time of year.
Saturday 4th May
Late tonight we have a new moon in Taurus. This marks the beginning of a new phase.
I must admit over the last couple of weeks or so, I have not been writing as often as I normally do. So this month I hope to use some Taurean determination and focus to write every day. Do you have any plans for this Taurus new moon?
Wednesday 24th April 2019
Today Pluto, planet of change and transformation, Greek god of the underworld goes retrograde. This means it appears to go backwards in the sky. This retrograde period lasts until October 3rd 2019. Pluto is very slow moving, it takes 248 years to go round the sun, and is in Capricorn, where it has been since late 2008. When Pluto is in Capricorn we are having to cahnge our structures, our government, our business practices, all things ruled by Capricorn. This sign is also about taking responsibility, so when Pluto is moving backwards in Capricorn it is a time when issues of the past may re emerge and we may need to deal with them in a responsible way, not always easy…
Tuesday 23rd April 2019
I’ve sorted out the details for May’s meeting of The Norfolk Astrological association which is on Saturday 4th May 2019 at 1.45pm – 3.45pm. This month we are meeting at Claire’s house in Foulsham, because Guist Post Office cafe is closing at 2pm due to the Bank Holiday.
All astrology lovers welcome.
If you would like to join us, please PM Norfolk Astrological Association or Claire Manion on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the address.
Claire is discussing the Sumerian myth of Inanna’s descent into The Great Below to meet her sister Ereshkigal. The charts we will be looking at are those of Samuel Noah Kramer the Sumerian scholar and Diane Wolkstein the folklorist and story teller who worked together to produce that seminal work;
Inanna Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer published in 1983
This brought Inanna and her dark sister Ereshkigal back into the light.
1 Samuel Noah Kramer 28th September 1897 Zhashkir near Uman Ukraine. No birth time so please use a flat chart 12.00
2 Diane Wolkstein 11 November 1942 18.27 Newark New Jersey USA
3 Initial meeting of Kramer and Wolkstein – 8th November 1979 at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA. No time so I have gone for 9am. Kramer was giving a talk about Inanna that day and he invited Wolkstein to meet him and to attend the talk.
4 Date of publication of book 8th August 1983 9am New York USA
We will look at the myth of Lilith and the different astrological Liliths the next time it is my turn to run a session, Claire
Sunday 21st April
Happy Easter. I hope you are having a good one. Easter is really late this year, and it is all down to the moon. The church calculates Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon after the Spring Equinox. This year the Spring Equinox was early, it varies slightly each year, and it fell on the evening of 20th March- and March’s full moon was a few hours later, in the early hours of March 21st. Now you would think that Easter would have fallen really early on the following Sunday March 24th, but not so! This is because to avoid confusion the church states that the date for the Spring Equinox is 21st March. Therefore, this made this year’s April full moon on Friday 20th April the first full moon after the 21st March. This full moon is known as the Paschal Moon because the first Sunday following this moon is Easter Sunday. Next year, in 2020, Easter Sunday will be April 12th with the Paschal moon falling on April 8th. Right, after all that, I’m off to nick a bit of my son’s Easter Egg. The Easter bunny forgot me on his rounds! 😉
The eggs in the photo are from our hens and I was in an artistic mood this morning!
Saturday 20th April 2019
Last night, I had a successful moon hunting session. I took my son along, he decided that it was preferable to helping his dad do the washing up! We went up our lane which heads East and opens out onto some fields, just as my son was beginning to doubt my timing the moon rose, pale and pink above the trees. I’m always impressed by how huge it looks on the horizon and how fast it moves. By the way, talking about the fast moving moon, it is now in Scorpio, it just manged to be full in the last degree of Libra before moving into Scorpio at 1.42 yesterday afternoon.
Today is a busy day astrologically. Firstly, this morning, the sun moved out of Aries into sensual earth sign Taurus. Then this afternoon, Venus, the planet of love and attraction and ruler of Taurus, moves from soft dreamy idealistic Pisces into neighbouring Aries. Here it joins Mercury which made the same move earlier in the week. Two planets moving into Aries ups the tempo this is because Aries is ruled by energetic passionate planet, Mars.
There is a quite a strong Venus and Mars link going on at the moment, as Mars is in Taurus and Venus is in Aries, so they are in each other’s signs. Astrologers call this mutual reception. Nature is certainly moving very fast at the moment, everything is growing and blossoming like mad, making the most of all this lovely sunshine. So this is a good time to act and do, I have been planting seeds this afternoon to put on my windowsill to germinate. This apple blossom in our garden came out yesterday in the warmth- apples are associated with the goddess Venus. Hope you have time to enjoy this beautiful season.
Friday 19th April 2019
Did you see the moon last night? Wow it was so bright. It is full this lunch time at 12.12 BST. This full moon is unusual as it is the second Aries Libra full moon in a row. The first one was on March 21st just after the spring Equinox when the sun was just into Aries and the moon was just into Libra. This one is right at the end of the Aries Libra axis with the moon at Libra at 29 degrees. (there are thirty degrees of each sign).
Aries and Libra are both proactive cardinal signs, but they are opposites; Aries is about the self and Libra is about the other. So this axis is one of balancing our needs and actions in relation to others.
If you set any intentions a month ago on the spring equinox now is a good time to look at them and decide if you are on track and take action if necessary. I find this very useful as I am a distractible Sagittarius who needs to keep focused!
I hope you are enjoying your Easter bank holiday, if you
are lucky enough to have a few days off. The weather’s fab here in Norfolk. With a bit of luck the sky should be clear allowing us to see the moon rise. Look to the Eastern horizon just after sunset, here in Norfolk the sun sets at 8 pm and the moon rises at 8.01pm, should be good!
Photo from omtimes.com
Wednesday 17th April
Today, Mercury planet of communication gets a bit of a boost. At 7.13 am this morning it moved into the sign of energetic go getting Aries. It has been in dreamy, vague Pisces since the 10th of February, this is a long time for Mercury to be in one sign, as it is the fastest planet in the solar system. The reason it was in Pisces for so long was that it went retrograde and back tracked through the sky then turned round and retraced its steps, all in Pisces. So , if communication has been a bit confused and unfocused for a while, things should be speeding up and getting clearer.
Sunday 14th April 2019
May’s edition of Let’s Talk is out and it is special as it is their 200th anniversary.They have been going since 2002 which is a great achievement. There are two double page spreads of the celebration which I attended and really enjoyed. I’m lurking at the back of the group photo suffering from shiny glasses syndrome.Uh Oh. 😉
Friday 12th April 2019
Today has been a productive day. Gini Harrison and I have been planning our next Yoga and astrology workshop. This will be at the lovely Kelling Studio at 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday 22nd June. Booking is essential as places are limited so please get in touch to secure a place.
Tuesday April 10th 2019
Today, Jupiter, planet of expansion, luck and growth turns retrograde at 24 degrees of Sagittarius. Jupiter moved into its own sign Sagittarius, in November of last year and has been lending us a boost since then. The thing with this placement is that situations can easily get over inflated and we may get carried away…. However, when Jupiter turns retrograde, the inflation slows down allowing the truth to come to light. Jupiter’s retrograde period lasts from today until August 11th. Time for some introspection perhaps.
Sunday 7th April 2019
Yesterday’s meeting of the Norfolk Astrological Association went off well. Thank you to Liam for providing us with the birth chart of Alan Watts who wrote the book The Way of Zen in 1957 and popularised Eastern philosophy in the West.We all enjoyed this session.
Friday 5th April
Today we have a New moon in Aries, so this is a great time for new beginnings and to start something. I’m going to out in the allotment to start preparing the poly-tunnel for the upcoming growing season. Gloves and lady fork at the ready!
Thursday 4th April 2019
This afternoon, I did a talk A Zip Round the Zodiac to Holt Probus club at The Feathers Hotel. I think (and hope) that the group enjoyed the talk. We were all pleased that my lap top and their projector managed to communicate with each other so we had an illustrated talk. I do like it when technology works! Thank you to everyone at Holt Probus club for inviting me to speak and making me so welcome.
Wednesday 3rd April
So did you get caught out on Monday by the April foolers? My hubby tried to trick me into believing they were building an underpass at our local Tesco so they were closed. By some miracle, I twigged, I am normally quite gullible! We didn’t prank our son, he was in too much of a teenage morning state, so we decided to be kind to him.
I am looking forward to doing a talk tomorrow ‘A Zip Round the Zodiac’ in Holt, Norfolk which is quite close to me. I am just making sure my shoes are clean for the occasion and that I have everything ready.
Monday 1st April
Happy April Fool’s Day! Look out for the trickster today! Mars, planet of action moved into quick witted, airy Gemini yesterday. This is a very fast and furious placement. Also, Mercury, ruler of Gemini and planet of communication is in Pisces, sign of illusion and deception. So watch out!
The origins of April Fool’s day are not totally clear, but there is one theory that it is down to the time of the celebration of the new year. In the UK the new year used to start on April 1st, this was out of sync with the rest of Europe, so in 1752 it was changed to January 1st. The story goes that some people were reluctant to change and still celebrated it on April the 1st, those who still clung to the old ways were classed as April Fools! Whatever the origins, have fun and watch out for the tricksters this morning.
Friday 29th March
On Wednesday I did a talk to a ladies’ group in Lincolnshire called ‘A Zip Round the Zodiac’. It seemed to go down well, there was certainly lots of interest and questions. I enjoyed it and was made very welcome, thank you to the ladies who invited me.
I am also preparing and reading up for a talk that I am doing in June at the Astrological Association’s conference in Wyboston, Bedfordshire in June. My talk is about the ancient Sumerian goddess, Inanna and her descent into the underworld to encounter her sister, Ereshkigal.
The title is -of my talk is Inanna and Ereshkigal – Descending into the Great Below
My hubby bought me a great book which is certainly bringing her to life for me. It came beautifully wrapped in white tissue paper and had a book mark with it. Very fitting for such a sensual goddess! It is written by Peter Grey 2007 Scarlet Imprint ISBN 978 0956720337.
Thursday 28th March
I have news for those of you who follow Mercury the messenger planet on his journey through our skies. Mercury is turning direct this evening. Since 5th March we have been in a period of Mercury retrograde, which is a time when Mercury appears to go backwards. Astrologically this means that Mercury’s messages don’t get through with their usual speed and clarity. So our every day communications often ends up going pear shaped and this can be frustrating to say the least. For example, we can get lost, like my hubby, son and I did the other night on our way to a concert at Sharrington village hall in deepest Norfolk. Luckily we got there in the end…Also messages can go astray and we may get mixed up with our appointments, or just get our wires crossed with someone, you know the sort of thing!
However, on the plus side- (there is always one of those) a Mercury retrograde period is a time to think differently. We may find ourselves going over old ground, or we find items we thought we had lost, or people from our past pop up unexpectedly, or we have inspirational ideas to help us overcome long standing problems.
As I wrote the other day, Mercury is currently in dreamy Pisces and added to this, it is now conjunct- up close to the planet Neptune. In astrology Neptune is associated with the same things as Pisces such as; inspiration, illusion, mysticism, dreams and compassion, this is because Neptune rules Pisces. Neptune is a slow moving outer planet and has been drifting through its own sign of Pisces since April 2011 and will continue to do so for another six years. When Mercury meets up with Neptune this is a real time for inspiration, intuition, compassion and dreams.
The other day on the radio I heard Enya’s Orinoco Flow which I thought was highly appropriate for Mercury conjunct Neptunium in Pisces.
I do like this time, I was born back in the ‘sixties when Neptune was conjunct Mercury in Scorpio. So I enjoy a bit of dreaming and drifting. How about you…?
Today Venus planet of love and beauty moves into gentle Pisces. Astrologers call this placement exalted, as Venus is in its best sign where the love planet can express herself in the most gentle, graceful, compassionate way. This is a great time to be kind to ourselves and others, but do remember that you may have a tendency to view a loved one with rose coloured spectacles. This is lovely, but do remember to take a reality check every now and then!
Sunday 24th March 2019
I have just received the birth details of the mystery person whose chart we will be looking at and discussing at our next meeting of the Norfolk Astrology Association where all astrology lovers are welcome. Come and chat and share cake and coffee, they have a great selection of goodies.
1.45pm -3.45pm Saturday 6th April
Guist Post Office cafe Norfolk – NR20 5AJ This is approx six miles south of Fakenham on the A1067.
This month we are discussing the personality traits of a person chosen by a member of our group, Liam.
The natal chart details are for a person born 06/01/1915 Chislehurst Kent. Please also do a solar return chart for 1951 which was a very significant year for this person.
Saturday 23rd March 2019
I’m delighted to say that the Opening up to Spring morning workshop at Kelling combining yoga and astrology went off well. Thank you very much to everyone who came, I hope you all enjoyed it. I would also like to say a big thank you to Gini for making this happen. I enjoyed the yoga and now feel stretched, energized and ready for the spring. We will soon be getting together to plan the next workshop in our series of seasonal Saturdays. This is called Embracing the fullness of Summer and is on Saturday 22nd June close to the Summer Solstice.
Kelling studio all set out ready for our workshop.
Thursday 21st March
Wow! What a beautiful moon, I went out at about six pm and wandered up our lane beyond our neighbours’ houses taking photos. It was a beautiful evening with the dramatic pinks and golds of the sunset in the West and the moon rising in the East.
Just before 10pm – the time of the actual Equinox, I sat out in the garden all wrapped up wearing my favourite furry hat in the moonlight gazing up at the moon. Then I got back inside by the fire for a warming cuppa! Oh the joys of being a rural dwelling (mildly eccentric) astrologer! 😉
Wednesday 20th March
Today, Wednesday 20th March is a busy day! To start with, as I have been mentioning for the past couple of days, it is the Spring Equinox. This is when the sun crosses the equator and we have roughly equal days and nights. The word Equinox comes for the Latin for ‘equal nights’ . It is that day when the sun moves into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and a new season begins. For us here in the northern Hemisphere it is a day of hope and promise when the light returns. Astrologically and astronomically it is the first day of Spring and the weather here in Norfolk reflects that, it is sunny and warm. It is a great time to set intentions and to act on them. In astrology is the start of the astrological year. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac.
Also, did you know that the Spring Equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) is International Astrology Day today? A day to celebrate astrology. 🙂
Added to this, we have a full moon tonight, here in the UK it’s exactly full in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Did you see it last night? It was beautiful, peeping through the clouds when it was still dusk and then later on, after night fall, flooding the sky with a pearly, silver light. It is a ‘super moon’, at perigee – its closest position to the earth so it appears at its biggest and brightest.
And finally… the 20th March is International Day of Happiness.
Happy Spring Equinox – bring on the light, the joy and the daffodils..!
Tuesday 19th March
I love this, just in time for the Spring Equinox tomorrow.
Monday 18th March
I hope you had a good weekend, we did, I had a lovely if rather muddy walk yesterday with my neighbour around the lanes and green lanes near our house. Spring is certainly on its way, the daffodils are out in our gardens and the blackthorn and primroses are out and green is starting to show in the hedgerows. Saying that, it is still pretty nippy and stormy, I do like this blustery changeable weather. There are two first days of Spring so we can take our pick! Meteorological Spring has already kicked in, it starts on the first of March. However, astronomical spring is just around the corner as it starts at the Spring Equinox. It falls around the 20th or 21st March and varies slightly every year as it is the time when the sun moves in to the first point of Aries. This year it is on Wednesday 20th March at 8.58pm GMT to be precise!