Sunday 2nd August – Saturday 7th August

Sunday 2nd August

Its August already and yesterday was the Pagan festival of Lammas (loaf mass) or first fruits. This is the midway point between the Summer solstice in June and the Autumn Equinox in September. I like to mark these points and to appreciate the turning of the year. On our allotment we have plenty of ‘fruits’; our courgettes are extremely plentiful. I planted a load of seeds just after lockdown and they have all taken and grown and grown! My friends and neighbours are still quite appreciative of our courgettes, but in a couple more weeks they may reach the stage where they politely refuse them! We also have beans, spring ( a bit late but hey who cares! ) onions, cucumbers and beetroot. In the hedges up our lane and around our veg patch the wild fruits are ripening. The sloes, crab apples, blackberries and hawthorn berries are all colouring up and sweetening in the warm sun. In our small garden, the pears and apples are ripening and I managed to buy some plums from an honesty box by a person’s gate in a neighbouring village. They just about had time to settle into the fruit bowl before we scoffed them! Norfolk is great for home grown produce, there are lots of little treasures to be found in home made stands outside people’s houses and you never know what you are going to find.

This month’s full moon is tomorrow, Monday 3rd August so it falls really close to Lammas. This full moon is in group orientated Aquarius opposite the sun in creative Leo. These two signs are both fixed, determined signs and represent opposing principles, I think of it as the axis of self expression. When this axis is illuminated, ( as it is at the moment) it is a time to look at how we express ourselves and our individuality and how we fit in with the group. It is also a good time to appreciate our gifts, whether that be homes, our skills, our relationships the things we have created, or all of the above. It certainly is a very fruitful time.

With the sun in Leo is also a good time to enjoy ourselves, and although our options are more limited than usual this year, it is still worth finding time to do things which we can enjoy. I love to walk in nature and my husband and I visited a local country park the other day and did a bit of butterfly spotting. This is not always easy, they shift a lot faster than I do! We saw quite a few though, loads of silver washed fratillaries – which are actually orange! They get their name because they have a silver underwing. We also saw quite a few holly blues and loads of gatekeepers which are small, brown and skippy with brown eyes on their upper wings.

So back to the full moon, it rises at 9.12pm BST on Monday 3rd August so I think I will be out looking at the south eastern horizon at that time. To me that is such a magical moment when it slips up above the horizon. I am always impressed by its time keeping abilities. If only I could always be so punctual. Have a good day and happy Lamas and full moon.

Sunday July 26th – Saturday August 1st

Sunday 26th July

I’ve discovered there are some advantages to being menopausal and waking in the night! That is, I get to see planets at times which I didn’t get to see before. This morning I woke really and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I had missed comet Neowise cos it was too light for that, but I sat on the stairs and looked out of my east facing landing widow and got a fabulous view of beautiful bright Venus shining in the blue predawn sky.

Sunday July 19th – Saturday July 26th

Monday 20th July

Today we have a new moon in Cancer. It is the second consecutive new moon in Cancer. Last month’s one was an eclipse at 0 degrees of Cancer and this month’s one is at 28 degrees of Cancer. Two new moons in the same astrological sign happens occasionally. Both these new moons have a similar flavour, emphasizing issues around home and family and our instincts and emotions. However, Saturn is exactly opposing this new moon emphasizing issues regarding our responsibility and our social standing and career versus our home and family are likely to be highlighted again. This is a familiar theme as it follows a long running pattern which has been going all year of Saturn Jupiter and Pluto all in responsible rule orientated Capricorn. (Saturn has had a four month foray into airy Aquarius but has returned to Capricorn until mid December this year. Then it will finally move into Aquarius for the next two years or so.) At the moment Jupiter and Saturn are both clearly visible in the sky all night and Saturn is at its brightest tonight. They are definitely worth a look, they are fairly low in the South after dark, moving slowly West throughout the night.

Sunday 12th July- Saturday 18th July

Wednesday 15th July

Have you been able to do any sky watching lately? The weather here has been patchy, with some clear spells. I am lucky enough to say that I have had a couple of great sightings, mainly due to the clear weather and the fact that I am a lady of a certain age and often wake up very hot in the night! I have discovered that this does have its advantages in terms of sky watching, but one has to be quiet so as not to disturb the rest of the household who are not quite so keen on spotting planets and comets at silly o’clock!

My sky spotting successes are; Monday morning I saw the waning crescent moon and Venus rising in the East. They were both very bright and this is the first time I have seen Venus as a morning ‘star’. It moves from being visible in the evening to being visible in the morning. It started its new cycle as a morning star with a conjunction with the sun in early June. Yesterday morning 14th July they made an exact conjunction. This is the first of seven visible junctions over the next seven months of Venus and the waning moon. The good news is that these conjunctions will get progressively later in the morning each month here in the northern hemisphere as we move towards the autumn and winter. So by the time we get to November we won’t have to be creeping around in the middle of the night to see the conjunction!

The moon and Venus.

Sunday 12th July

The summer moves on and Mercury turns direct today Sunday 12th July. Mercury is the communication planet so if you have been having communication hiccups things should move a bit more easily from today.

Talking of communication, yesterday Chris Mitchell delivered his talk about medieval astrology to the Norfolk Astrology group. It was excellent and went down very well, so thank you Chris. That is one good thing to have come out of lock-down, the amount of on line events which re springing-up. It certainly gives us more flexibility as an astrology group- our Norfolk group was attended by people in Norfolk but also Scotland, Derbyshire and Sussex. We are going to do further online meetings, so please look out on my events page for dates. Everyone interested in astrology is welcome.

Mercury planet of communication

Sunday July 5th – Saturday July 11th

We start this week with a full moon and another lunar eclipse this is the final one in a series of three in a row, the first on 5th June, was a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. Then on June 21st at the new moon we had a lunar eclipse in Cancer and now we have a lunar eclipse on the full moon in Capricorn. The last two are the final pair in the series of eclipses in that have been running for two and a half years. The emphasis of this Cancer and Capricorn axis focused on our homes and emotions versus our work and societal structure. With the lunar nodes and the eclipses moving into the Sagittarius Gemini axis, the focus is shifting to communication and ideas.

This eclipse will just about be visible in the UK, it occurs in the early hours of the morning just before moon set. It is a penumbral eclipse meaning that it is not total and only a slight shadow falls on the moon. You will need to get up early and look to the south west to see the full moon sinking below the horizon. It sets at 4.44 a.m so only a slight shadow will be visible. This is just before sunrise which is 04.50. If the weather is clear it will be a good sight if you can tear yourself away from your bed early!

The moon’s glyph

Sunday 28th June- Saturday July 4th

This week is another busy one astrologically. Today Mars, planet of action move into its own sign – go getting Aries. It has been in vague, gentle watery Pisces since May 13th and does not function very effectively there. When Mars is in Pisces, actions are often foggy and confused and things rarely move directly. The upside is that this is a good placement for defending the oppressed and acting on our ideals and principles.

From today, with active Mars in passionate, proactive Aries, the green light may be going on and our actions should carry a bit more oomph. However be aware that this is a time for reflection and revision as there are a lot of planets going retrograde, back tracking through the zodiac, these are; Mercury planet of communication, Jupiter, planet of belief and expansion, Saturn planet of rules and realism, Neptune, planet of illusion and compassion and Pluto, planet of deep transformation.

On Tuesday 30th June Jupiter planet of expansion meets up with Pluto, planet of transformation. This meeting is the second of three meet ups; the first was on 4th April and then both planets were direct, this week we have a retrograde conjunction and on November 12 we have the final direct conjunction. These all occur in Capricorn, the sign of business and responsibility. April 4th most of the world was in lockdown, now things are slowly opening up, but it is still a time to be cautious and not let our impatience get the better of us.

Jupiter, planet of expansion, he was the Greek Zeus – king of the gods

Finally this week Saturn, planet of rules and restrictions makes a final foray back into his home territory of the sign Capricorn. It is interesting to note that Saturn left Capricorn in March and moved into its airy zodiac neighbour, Aquarius on 22nd March just as most of the world was locking down in response to the coronavirus. Here in the UK we locked down on 24th March 2020. Aquarius is the sign of freedom and change, new ideas and the collective. Our freedoms were severely restricted in lockdown and yet we saw a lot of kindness, generosity and compassion at this time. There was a strong sense of community as people pulled together in this crisis. I am happy to say that this is still going on as we work together to help each other. We also have seen a lot of ingenuity, and Aquarius is a very inventive sign; many business have adapted their services so they can still continue to trade. Locally to us, there are many local business who have adapted, we have a farm shop, a take away and tea rooms who now take orders and serve from their windows, our pub does take aways and deliveries and this works really well. Saturn will continue to back track through Capricorn until September 29th when it stations direct at 25 degrees of Capricorn and then moves forward to complete its cycle through its own sign. It finally leaves Capricorn on December 17th to travel through Aquarius for the next two and a half years. The new normal is arriving!

Sunday 21st June- Saturday 27th June

Today Sunday 21st June at 07.39 BST we have an eclipse. It is a solar eclipse on the new moon in Cancer. Eclipses usually come in pairs and some like this one come in threes! This lunar eclipse falls between two lunar eclipses; the first one was two weeks ago on June 5th at the full moon Sagittarius. The next one is in two weeks time at the next full moon in Capricorn on July 5th.

Today’s eclipse is not visible here in the UK. However, it is very close to the summer solstice and signifies a turning point; a time to reflect and to look back over the last three months. They have been extraordinarily difficult as most of the world was locked down around the spring equinox in March.

Eclipses always signify ends and new beginnings and this one more than most. It is the last one in the watery sign of sensitive emotional Cancer. It is also the penultimate in a series of eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn which have been going on for two and a half years. The final eclipse in this series is the upcoming lunar eclipse in Capricorn on July 5th. These eclipses have been highlighting issues regarding our habits, homes and instincts versus our work and social responsibility.

Change is upon us and the eclipses are moving out of Cancer and Capricorn into the mutable changeable signs of Gemini and Sagittarius. This indicates a shift of emphasis to issues surrounding communication, education, travel, both local and international. This shift has already started as the lunar eclipse on June 5th was the first one in this series as it fell in free thinking, wide ranging Sagittarius. Education, travel and communication are being severely hit and challenged in this crisis, so look out for more change and adaptations over the next two and a half years.


Sunday 14th June – Saturday 20th June

Saturday 20th June

This weekend is a one busy astrologically, firstly, today 20th June, it is the solstice when the sun ‘stands still’ and reaches zero degrees of Cancer. Then tomorrow, Sunday 21st June we have a solar eclipse on the new moon in Cancer.

Here in the northern hemisphere we have the summer solstice when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, giving us the longest day with the most daylight. Usually, this is a time of celebration, to know we have reached the height of the year.

This year, we can’t celebrate it in the usual manner, and indeed, some of you may not feel like celebrating as there has been a lot of loss and suffering this year. However, humans are adaptable and if you feel like marking it, there are still ways that you can do this. This year the solstice celebrations are being live streamed at Stonehenge as it is not open to the public like it usually is. This is open to all. I like to mark this passing of the seasons and am hoping to have a small fire on my allotment.

In the Southern hemisphere, it is the shortest day and mid winter an equally important date. Wherever you are in this beautiful world, it is definitely a turning point in this unusual year.

Friday 19th June

Change is definitely in the air, with a solar eclipse and the summer solstice coming up this weekend. There is certainly change in our household today as my son is returning to school! He is going in one day a week. This is the first time since March, up until now he has been doing all (and he has a lot) of his school work at home. I took him in this morning and everything is very different from before. He usually takes the bus and he did have that option but we decided it would be nicer if I drove him there. The car park was eerily quiet, it s usually chaotic and the students were not in uniform. I hope it all goes well, socially distanced education is a whole new ball game for everyone.

At the moment Mars, planet of action is in dreamy confused Pisces (not its favourite place) and to make matters foggier, it is close to dreamy Neptune- the ruler of Pisces. They made an exact conjunction on Sunday, June 13th. So this suggests that things may not go how we expect them to, especially as we may be very idealistic right now. So we need to be adaptable, patient and allow situations to unfold. Added to that mercury, planet of communication turned retrograde yesterday, 18th June . It does this when it heads up for a conjunction with the sun and moves from being visible in the evening to being visible in the morning. This is the infamous Mercury retrograde, a time of re visiting and adapting. Mercury is also in water sign, Cancer the crab. Crabs are indirect and tend to move sideways, so this adds to the need to be patient and to feel our way through this situation.

Sunday June 7th – Saturday June 13th

Thursday June 11th

I have some great news! On the strength of the success of Saturday’s Norfolk astrology group meeting I have another date for your diaries- 2pm Saturday July 11th. Astrologer Chris Mitchell is speaking to our group via zoom

Introduction to Medieval Astrology
This event is free, you will require the zoom link. Please PM this page or Claire Manion to receive the link.

As modern astrologers, we’re used to drawing up charts in seconds on a computer, and using numerous techniques, outer planet transits and a psychological language to work with our clients. Ours is a rich and subtle art. How, then, did medieval astrologers manage with just seven planets and five aspects? Was theirs simply a limited cut-down version of what we have available to us in modern astrology?

In this talk, Chris Mitchell will demonstrate some of the richness of medieval astrology. Despite the lack of outer planets and modern techniques, medieval astrologers had a surprisingly large toolkit of methods lost to modern astrology: dignity, almutens, Arabic Parts, lunations and profections, to name but a few. The recent resurgence of modern translations of ancient texts mean these fascinating methods have been rediscovered, so find out how you can use them today to enrich your own astrological readings.

A bit about Chris Mitchell…

Chris Mitchell has a PhD from the University of Leicester on the topic of medieval astrology, is a tutor on the MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at the University of Wales, and holds a diploma in Medieval Astrology from Astrologos. He has been actively involved in promoting and teaching astrology for 20 years, is on the board of the Astrological Association, and has given talks to groups and conferences in Europe and the US.

Sunday June 7th

I am happy to say the Norfolk Astrology Association had its first Zoom meeting which was a success. As is often the way, a couple of participants had technical troubles but overall, we manged to hold it together! I spoke about Mercury and lead a guided visualization focusing on the messenger of the gods. I think it went down well.

We had 9 participants from further afield than Norfolk, that’s the joy of the internet! I would particularly like to thank Chris Mitchell from the Astrological Association who zoom hosted the group for us and offered his advice. He also joined us for the whole session. We want to meet again online, so watch this space!

Sunday May 31st – Saturday June 6th

Wednesday 3rd June,

Today we have a great astrological event as Venus, planet of love stars a new cycle in sociable Gemini; this begins with an interior conjunction with the sun which is invisible from the earth. It marks the start of a 19 month cycle and also it is part of a larger 8 year cycle. So it is worth looking back to what you were doing 8 years ago. Are there any themes running through your life, particularly in relation to relationships and love. Venus moves from an evening’star’ to a morning ‘star’ . From mid June onwards, early risers will be rewarded with the sight of Venus setting out on her maiden voyage across our morning skies. It is great time to appreciate all the beauty in this world and to look at all our relationships, including how we treat ourselves.

Venus planet of love