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!
The sun moves into Libra today, so happy birthday to all you Libras! Here is my Star Talk article about Libra which is in this month’s issue of Let’s Talk.
Sunday 22nd September
The autumn equinox yoga and astrology morning went off well, thank you to the ladies who came along to join us. I do love going to Kelling yoga studio, it is such a beautiful place. The autumn equinox is happening tomorrow, Monday 23rd September, this is when the sun moves into the astrological sign of Libra. The sign for Libra is the scales. So it is a good time of year to consciously decide to include a bit of grace and harmony into our lives. I am trying, very trying as my husband says! 😉.
Today, Saturn , planet of responsibility, rules and regulation goes direct. Saturn is the last planet visible to the naked eye and so until the discovery of the telescope which led to the discovery of the outer planets , Saturn was the last planet. So it is often seen as the gatekeeper, the place where the buck stops! Saturn is all about reality. Since April 30th this year, Saturn has been going retrograde – appearing to go backwards and now it is starting to move forward, so this is a time for reality checks and consolidation. It is a time to step up to the plate and take responsibility for what is happening in your life!