Well I am happy to say that we are fortunate her and are still standing an dry. My sympathy goes out to all the people who have had trouble with the storm, such as flooding and no electricity.
Today Mercury planet of communication stations retrograde, meaning that it appears to stay in the same place in the zodiac before it turns and back tracks through the zodiac for the next three weeks or so. It does not actually move backwards, it just appears to from our earth bound perspective. Astrologers call this period Mercury retrograde and it happens when Mercury moves from an evening star to a morning ‘star’. This occurs quite often, three or four times a year. Mercury is an inner planet, closer to the sun than the earth and it moves very swiftly. It only takes 88 days to go round the sun.
These periods of Mercury retrograde can have a bit of a bad press, but they are part of the natural cycle of life. They are times for revisions and going over old ground. Often secrets and revelations come to light under a Mercury retrograde. Be prepared for adjustments and changes of plan. Wires can often get crossed at this time and messages can easily go astray. This is particularly relevant at the moment as Mercury is in dreamy Pisces. The upside is it’s a time to dream, envision and wander.Just make sure you’ve filled up with petrol and charged your phone before you set off on your wanderings!
Sunday 16th February
I hope you are all weathering the second storm in a week; storm Dennis, so far again we have been extremely lucky here in our corner of Norfolk. The wind was wailing wildly last night but it seems to have calmed down a bit at the moment. Apparently it may pick up again this evening, so I think it’s a good idea to keep the hatches battened down! Today Mars, planet of assertion and force moves from wild, free spirited extravagant Sagittarius into sensible Capricorn. Mars is happy in Capricorn, it is exalted; in its best position. The force and energy of Mars is contained, channeled and used purposefully. So this is an ideal time to focus on your goals and work towards them. As you may know, at the moment there three other planets in Capricorn, sensible but rigid Saturn the ruler of Capricorn, Pluto the god of the underworld and Jupiter planet of expansion. With Mars joining these three we can expect some action. So if you have been putting things off (and I never do that😜😉!) now is the time to take the goat by the horns and do it! This is likely to require courage to over come any fears or blocks that are holding us back. Believing in our ability really helps too, as my Capricorn mother is known to say ‘ faith moves mountains!’ Good luck in your endeavors!
Wow, that week went fast! Today as predicted by the weather forecasters we have storm Ciara. I must admit I do find the windy conditions quite exhilarating. So far we have been very lucky here, a few twigs in the road but we’re still all in one piece! I have been wrestling in my allotment with our compost heaps, yes we have more than one, three to be precise. They are rather ad hoc affairs constructed from old pallets and doors etc. The fronts tend to fall down in the wind so I have set up various props; such as pieces of wood to try and hold them in place..we shall see. I was certainly buffeted around as I tried to do it. I should have been organised and thought ahead. I was impressed by just how powerful the wind is.
We have a full moon in Leo opposing the sun in Aquarius. These two signs are fixed signs and this is a time to express yourself and enjoy being who you are. So whilst the wind is raging outside, how about indulging in a bit of creativity? Mercury in Pisces should help your imagination flow and Venus in Aries will help you put those visions into action! I’m off to spruce up my DM shoes. They are very pretty decorated with lots of flowers but they get a bit lack lustre so every now and again I give them a bit of a touch up with some special leather paints. I hope you all survive the storm in one piece.
I went on a moon search before I settled down to spruce up my shoes. I was rewarded with the most beautiful view of a golden moon floating silently upwards amid the tumultuous roar of the wind in the trees, magical!
Today Venus, planet of love moves out of the sign of gentle, adoring Pisces where it is exalted; very happy. It moved into passionate fiery Aries, so now Venus is also in detriment. Venus likes harmony and balance whereas Aries likes direct action. So at this time we may get impatient with others especially our significant other if they don’t do as we would like them to! However on the plus side this is good time to encourage others out of their comfort zone to do something exciting. Or you may be the one who is being encouraged to be brave and bold and do something new in the name of love!
Monday 3rd February
Today Mercury, planet of communication moves from logical air sign Aquarius into dreamy Pisces. Pisces is a water sign and logical and light,Mercury is in its detriment (uncomfortable) in emotional and sensitive Pisces. Therefore messages may not get through clearly and confusion can easily set in at this time. However, looking on the bright side, it is good time for inspired ideas, visions, dreams and letting your imagination flow. Just don’t believe everything you are told!
Sunday 2nd February 2020
Today is Imbolc, the pagan festival of early spring. We are now half way between Yule- the winter solstice in December and the spring equinox in March. It is a lovely time of year, so full of promise when we can see the light returning after all those dull grey days. This year everything is so early, there are loads of beautiful snowdrops every where and the daffodils are in bud in our garden. Yesterday on my way to the village shop I spotted snowdrops and aconites nestled together in the verge.
The Celtic goddess Brigid is celebrated and honored now. She is a fire goddess, linked to inspiration, healing and poetry. She is also godddess of all smiths, goldsmiths, silversmiths and blacksmiths. What passions are burning in you right now? This lovely image is by artist Judith Shaw and comes from her deck of cards; Celtic Goddess Oracle Deck
Thank you to all who came to today’s meeting. As usual we had a good discussion. Thank you to Pat for leading a discussion about Uranus in Taurus specifically relating to earth quakes and Yellowstone park USA. Here is the reference which I promised to the group about the Uranus in Taurus article printed in The Mountain Astrologer issue 203 Feb/March 2019 pages 25- 31 by Ray Merriman. It is entitled ‘Uranus in Taurus, The “New Normal” Becomes Abnormal’
‘This lightly edited excerpt is taken from Ray Merriman’s book, ‘Forecast 2019′ , Seek it Publications 2018’ Quoted from The Mountain Astrologer.
Our next meeting is Saturday 7th March 2020 at 1.45pm- 3.45pm at Guist Post Office cafe. Ellen will be leading the session and bringing her chart to the group for people to discuss.
Monday January 26th
Hello, I had a good weekend; Saturday night I went out to Norwich to an event organised by ‘soulshine’ called ‘waking the wolf” which was a story telling event by Suzanne ‘the story weaver’, a lovely evening, and to make it really great they had cake and unusual teas; pomegranate and blood orange, really nice!
This coming Saturday 1st February we have our astrology group Norfolk Astrology Association meeting at Guist Post Office 1.45- 3.45pm.
Pat is leading the session looking at Uranus, planet of sudden change in its current move through earthy Taurus. She is looking at it in relation to volcanoes and has 3 charts she would like us to discuss. They are all of volcanoes which erupted recently, within 3 days of Uranus turning direct at 01.48 GMT on 11th Jan 2020.
Each chart is set for 12 noon local time on the day of eruption as it is impossible to know exactly when they started to erupt. These are:
1 Popocatepepetl volcano at Puebla Mexico 98w12 19N03 12 noon 9th Jan 2020
2 Taal Volcano Talisay Phillipines 122E58 10N44 12 noon 12th January 2020
3 Sakurajima volcano at Kagoshima 130E33 31N34 in Japan 12 noon 13th January 2020
Have you been feeling a bit low and flat over the last couple of days? The moon is right in the last waning phase ready to start a new lunar cycle and at this time we can often feel lethargic. This evening we have a new moon in Aquarius,with the sun and the moon coming together both at the same degree of the zodiac. This marks the beginning of a new cycle; Aquarius is the sign of cutting edge ideas and new inventions so if you want to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone, now is a good time to go for it. Also, Aquarius is a fixed sign; Aquarians are highly determined folk. What do you want to start and keep going with this month?
Wednesday January 22nd
I’ve had a productive meeting today with Gini Harrison , yoga teacher. We’ve been planning our yoga and astrology event for Saturday March 7th – Opening up to Spring at Kelling Yoga studio.
Monday 20th January
Have you noticed that the days are slowly lengthening? Today after such a beautiful bright day it was really noticeable that we had more light in the evening than a couple of weeks ago. We also had a beautiful sunrise here in Norfolk and a great view of the waning crescent moon quite low in the south this morning. Today the sun moves from serious, earthy Capricorn into humanitarian and individualistic air sign Aquarius. It joins Mercury planet of communication, so this is a time to embrace new ideas, think outside the box and embrace your inner rebel. Happy Birthday to all you Aquarians, long may you keep those bright ideas coming!
I am happy to say that my talk ‘A Zip Round The Zodiac’ to a Norfolk group went off well last night and there was quite a large group of ladies. I was highly impressed with the turnout on a wild windy night in deepest Norfolk; thank you for having me.
Thursday 16th January
Mercury, planet of communication moves out of Capricorn and starts to pull away from the cluster of other planets all in Capricorn; Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. This lightens the mood a bit, especially when it comes to communication as Aquarius is a detached, free thinking air sign. It’s good time for bright ideas and even flashes of inspiration and with all that Capricornian earth energy around, we may even feel like putting our ideas into practice and finding a new way of doing things.
Sunday 12th January 2020
Today we have the long awaited conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, the sign ruled by Saturn. There is a lot of fear around this conjunction and to me it is about being responsible and honest, both individually and collectively so we can grow and transform, not an easy task! I am sharing this image with its clear message from Louise Edington as she is an astrologer and writer who I respect and admire.
I have had a great afternoon working with Victoria and her team at the NARS make up department in Jarrolds Norwich. We teamed up to have a make up and astrology day where we looked at astrology and colour. What colours are linked to your zodiac sign and how can you use them to look fab? Thank you ladies for inviting me along to this lovely event.
Friday 10th January
I am feeling very blessed, after a grey start the day went clear and we had a fabulous evening, perfect for moon watching. The moon was so bright and the fields behind our house were all silver and shimmering in the mist. I went out around 7pm and could easily see my way around in the moon light. At maximum shadow there was a slight dimming of the disc of the moon but as it was a penumberal (partial ) eclipse it was only subtle, nothing like the full on blood moon that you get at a total lunar eclipse. The whole scene was very beautiful and the moon cast inky black shadows of the trees onto the silvered ribbon of the lane. I did remember to take a torch just in case a car came so I could make sure they saw me, I wanted to live to tell the tale! I took this photo earlier, as it was rising around 4.45pm
Monday 6th January
We are into our first full week of January and we have a lunar eclipse in Cancer on Friday 10th. It is a partial eclipse, so the earth’s shadow will not cover all of the full moon, but it is visible from the UK. The eclipse starts around 5pm and peaks around 7pm. I am hoping for clear skies!
Here are some more dates to look out for in 2020. This image is from Amy Domres Astrology Goddess community
Happy New Year! Bring on 2020 and the next decade!
Sunday 29th December 2019
Mercury planet of communication moves from distractable fire sign Sagittarius ♐ into focused hard working Capricorn ♑. It joins a host of other planets; the Sun 🌞 Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. This is a time to plan and look to the long term, what are your goals and how can you work towards reaching them?
Happy Boxing day, we are on a bit of a slow start here in our house today.
Astrologically, we have moved into a new moon cycle, with a new moon in Capricorn at 4.54 am GMT this morning. This is an extra special new moon as it is a solar eclipse, where the sun and moon and earth are all in direct alignment so the moon’s shadow passes over the sun blocking it out. It was not visible here in the UK ; we were not directly in the path of the eclipse. It was visible in Asia and parts of Australia, Africa and Eastern Europe. This was an annular eclipse, where the disc of the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun so it produces a ‘ring of fire’ effect with the light showing round the edges.
Eclipses are a sign of endings and beginnings, a rebooting of energy. This one is the last of the year and the decade. So definitely a time to let go of things we no longer need. This eclipse is in the practical, organised sign of Capricorn which is very much about planning and making goals for the long term. It is conjunct Jupiter, planet of luck, enthusiasm and hope. So if you are thinking of having a review of your year this is a great time to do it. Big goals can be achieved slowly, one step at a time! Photo reference Getty from Express.co.uk
Tuesday 24th December- Xmas Eve
Merry Christmas to everyone! Thank you to all of you who have supported Broad Sky Astrology throughout the year and to all of you who have attended my workshops, had readings with me. Thank you also to Let’s Talk for publishing my regular Star Talk articles. I am very lucky to be able to share my love of astrology. Let the festivities begin.
Sunday 22nd December
I am back from a lovely relaxing morning of yoga and astrology for the winter solstice at the beautiful Kelling Studio. Thank you to Gini Harrison for working with me and leading us in some very relaxing yoga poses. Thank you too to everyone who came and joined us in our morning. I love sharing my astrology knowledge, especially at Kelling studio, it is a beautiful space and it has underfloor heating, so nice and cosy at this time of year.
I’ve just been out to close my chickens up for the night and was treated to the lovely sight of beautiful Venus low and bright in the south western sky. If you want to catch a glimpse have a look now as it is heading towards the horizon and is setting soon.
After all the rain and cloud of the previous few days I really enjoyed seeing her. Venus is the third brightest object in the sky after the sun and the moon and has been mistaken for a low flying aircraft! Around 5000 years ago the Sumerians (who lived in what is now modern Iraq) worshiped Venus as their goddess Inanna and knew her cycles and that she appeared both as a morning ‘star’ and an evening ‘star’. Currently Venus is ‘lady of the evening
Friday 20th December
Today Venus, planet of love and attachment moves into detached, principled Aquarius. This combination is great for spreading ‘goodwill to men’ (and women too!) as in the Christmas carol ‘It came upon a midnight clear’. As the festive season begins in earnest now is a time to give, to those close to us and to others in our communities. Thank you to everyone who has given to me over the year, whether that be your time and skills, or gifts or help, I have a lot to be grateful for.
Monday December 16th
As the dust has settled on Thursday’s election here in the UK it looks like Brexit will go ahead. The change is happening bringing with it uncertainty and worry. The Pluto Saturn conjunction in Capricorn, the sign of business and tradition is looming and this will occur on 12th January. This is a time of change and transformation (Pluto); breaking down the old systems and structures(Saturn) that are no longer working and waiting for new ones to emerge.
Countries can have astrological charts and the UK was created on 1st January 1801.This chart has the sun in Capricorn and the moon in Cancer, so this union was around the full moon, a few hours after the exact full moon.
There are two eclipses coming up soon; a solar eclipse in Capricorn on 26th December and two weeks later on 10th January a lunar eclipse. This lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon in Cancer opposes the sun which will still be in Capricorn. It will be worth observing these dates as our exit from the European union unfolds.