Sunday 13th- Saturday 19th January 2019


Saturday 19th January 2019

My son and I had a great time tonight, we went Wassailing at Swaffham at the Escape allotment and orchard. It was all a bit of an adventure, as we didn’t know where we were going! We went the long way round in the dusk and were a little bit late as a consequence, but followed the shouting and drumming in to the orchard. It was beautiful , all lit up with lots of lanterns and tea lights in jam jars. We found the wassail and joined in at the back! I put the last piece of bread dipped in apple juice as an offering to the apple trees for this year’s crop. We then made lots of noise to chase away the evil spirits who might steal the apples. An effigy of last year’s goddess was set alight and this year’s goddess, with ample bosoms and belly was filled with apples and wishes for the coming year. We stood round the fire listening to live music. It was great!

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Friday 18th January 2019

I am excited to announce I have a new event coming up here in Norfolk. I am working in collaboration with yoga teacher Gini Harrison at Kelling Studio near Holt. We are having an interactive session on Saturday 23rd March 2019 to tap into the regenerative energy of the Spring Equinox. I will give an introduction to the signs of the zodiac in relation to the year. I will then look at the themes for this year’s equinox. This will be followed by a yoga practice led by Gini tailored towards harnessing the energy to welcome the spring.

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Thursday 17th January 2019

Did you know that the days of the week are associated with gods? In astrology, Thursday is associated with Jupiter, he was the Roman king of the gods and the god of thunder. This is reflected in the names for Thursday in the romance ( Latin based) languages. For example, French is Jeudi, Spanish is Jueves and Italian is Giovedi as in Jove, another name for Jupiter.

The English names for the days of the week reflect our mixed (mongrel) heritage. Thursday is ‘Thor’s day’ the Norse god of Thunder.

Jupiter is a lucky planet and Thursday is considered a lucky day. Here’s wishing you some luck today.😃😃

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Tuesday 15th January

To all you moon and planet watchers, next week is a good week for observing the sky. You may have heard that we have a lunar eclipse coming up soon, I mentioned it here the other day, but it is worth repeating as it looks to be a good one. This is happening on Monday 21st January. It is visible here in the UK (weather permitting as ever!) but we will need to get up early.

The best viewing time is from 4:41am – 5:43am GMT this is when the moon is covered by the earth’s shadow. It goes a beautiful red, and that is why it is known as a ‘blood moon’. Exact totality is at 05.11 GMT and the show ends at 7.48am GMT. The moon sets at 8.09am GMT so that is good timing as long as the clouds stay away! Also, this moon is a ‘super moon’ as the media call it, this means it is as its closest point, or perigee to use the astronomical term.

As an added bonus, Venus and Jupiter will be rising in the South East early on the 21st and as they move up into the sky should make a beautiful pair, they are very close together. They will be exactly conjunct at the same degree of Sagittarius on Tuesday 22nd January.

Jupiter and Venus are visible early in the morning at the moment and I’ve been peering out of the bathroom window for a few mornings now trying to see Jupiter and it’s been too cloudy. I have seen Venus on a couple of occasions this week, always a pleasure! Here’s wishing for some clear skies for Monday morning in particular.
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Monday 14th January 2019

Next month’s (February’s) ‘Let’s Talk’ magazine is in the shops, it includes my regular monthly feature ‘Star Talk’. For February I focus on Aquarians, whose birthdays are soon. This year the sun moves into Aquarius on Sunday 20th January at 8.50am GMT.

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Sunday 13th January 2019

The moon is in Aries today and is almost at first quarter, it makes its monthly meet up with Mars, the red planet. They are both visible now – it has gone clear here in Norfolk which is good (necessary) for planet spotting. Mars is to the West (right) of the moon.
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Sunday 6th January to Saturday 12th January

Saturday 12th January 2019

Today, Venus planet of love, attractiveness and relationships is moving generous, enthusiastic Sagittarius. It is making a trine – a positive aspect to Mars, planet of energy and action in Aries. Both Sagittarius and Aries are fire signs, enthusiastic and passionate. This is a good time to do what you enjoy, particularly when it comes to relationships. Time to have some fun!
If you would like to know more, contact me for a personalized reading.

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Friday 11th January 

Our upcoming meeting of the Norfolk Astrology Association
(NAA for short) is on Saturday 2nd February. The chart below is the one we are interpreting. I am looking forward to it.


On Saturday, 2 February 2019 from 13:45-15:45

At Guist Post Office cafe on the A1067. Post code- NR20 5AJ

This month we are looking at a chart of a mystery person supplied by Pat. (See chart above). We are also looking at an event in this person’s life. The date of this event is 29/04/1991 London, time unknown. We are using a flat chart (12 noon)
Hosted by Norfolk Astrology Association
For more details contact me, Claire Manion
tel 07749822495

Thursday 10th January 2018

The waxing moon is now in Pisces, but I don’t think we will get to see her in Norfolk this evening as the weather is very grey and miserable. The sun, (who we haven’t seen at all today) is in Capricorn, sign of business and authority. It is moving closer to Pluto, planet of change and transformation. They will be conjunct at the same degree tomorrow the 10th January. Pluto moves very slowly, it takes 248 years to orbit the sun. It has been moving through Capricorn since 2008. The sun illuminates issues, so it will be interesting to see if anything comes to light tomorrow. Mercury, the communication planet has moved into Capricorn and will catch Pluto up on the 18th January, so look out for news around that time.

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Wednesday 9th January 

It’s been a stormy day here in Norfolk, I’ve seen two rainbows. The waxing moon is in sociable, freethinking Aquarius until 19.43. I have been making plans about group activities today which are all very exciting! Watch this space for news…

The moon is now visible in the South West, it is setting and will descend below the horizon soon, at 18.37 tonight. So if you would like a peek, pop out now or in the next few minutes before it disappears from view.

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Tuesday 8th January 2019

Today, Mars planet of action in Aries is square (making a tense aspect to) Mercury the communication planet. I have been feeling quite scattered today, perhaps that is why it’s taken me until 9 pm to post this. Uh oh, well, I have managed to make some necessary phone calls and emails.
Mercury is speedy so this square lasts around a week and it is good for getting your message across and doing what you keep saying you will. Under this aspect, it can be quite easy to upset people without meaning to, so thinking before you act or speak is a good idea. (something I have to remind myself of!)

Mercury also rules short journeys, so give yourself a bit of extra time as everyone may be in a bit of a rush at the moment!

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Monday 7th January 2019

Today, Venus planet of love, attraction and all things nice is moving into excitable,generous Sagittarius. It moved into deep, mysterious Scorpio in September and had a bit of a backwards dance into Libra throughout November before returning to Scorpio in December. Now with Venus’ move into Sagittarius,  the emotional tempo should change to feel lighter and more upbeat, but watch out for temptation; Sagittarius is not the most restrained of signs! (Speaking as one who knows…😉)
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Sunday 6th January 2019

Today, Uranus, planet of change and rebellion turns direct. So now all the planets are direct, this is the first time this has happened for 10 months, 2018 saw quite a lot of retrograde planets, particularly in the summer. So that was a time of delays, backtracking and introspection. Now we can start to look forward!

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Sunday 30th December 2018 to Saturday 5th January

Saturday 5th January 2019

We had the Norfolk Astrology Association meeting at Guist Post Office cafe today which went well, we had a go at some mundane (world) astrology and looked at the horoscope of the UK. Our next meeting is Saturday 2nd February 2019 at the same place. Pat is choosing a person for us to discuss! I’m looking forward to getting the details.

Early tomorrow morning we have a new lunar month which starts with a solar eclipse in Capricorn. Eclipses are a time of endings and beginnings. What shall we start this month? 😃
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Friday 4th January 2019

I’m really pleased to say that my talk went off well today. Mercury, planet of communication is in my sign, Sagittarius for the last day. It moves into serious Capricorn overnight, it goes in at 3.41 am GMT tomorrow morning. This continues the theme of working towards long term plans. Added to this, we have a partial solar eclipse with both the sun and the moon conjunct in Capricorn coming up on Sunday morning at 1.42 am GMT. The eclipse is not visible from the UK, you need to be in North East Asia or the North Pacific to see it. However, later this month, 21st January there will be a lunar eclipse which will be visible here- weather permitting as ever!
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Thursday 3rd January 2018

I’m off to do a talk to a group tomorrow. The talk is called
‘A Zip Round The Zodiac’. If you would like me to talk to your group about astrology, please contact me.
My email address is

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Wednesday 2nd January

Today, the Sun is conjunct (close to) Saturn, they are both in the sign of Capricorn which Saturn rules. So this is quite a serious time. Certainly here in the UK there is a feeling of returning to business as usual after the Christmas period. This conjunction lasts for a few days before the faster moving Sun moves away from Saturn. So this is a good time to get real and to put long term plans into action. This is helped by the fact that Mars, planet of action has just moved Into its own sign of energetic Aries. However, Aries and Capricorn can clash so just remember not to be too harsh on yourself or others!
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Tuesday 1st January 2019

Hello Happy New Year to you all! Here are my predictions for January 2019

Aries 21st March – 20th April

On New Year’s Day, energetic Mars moves into your sign, giving you some oomph to accomplish what you want to. This is probably quite a lot. Lucky Jupiter is in your zone of travel and exploration, so thinking big and putting the ground work in should pay dividends.

Taurus 20th April – 21st May

Your career looks to be in the spotlight in early 2019 and promising new beginnings are on the horizon. These may include a chance to learn new skills and gain qualifications. This will require adjustments and effort, but should bring rewards and enjoyment.

 Gemini 21stMay – 21st June

Mercury, planet of communication, moves into your joint finances zone in early 2019. So it is time to be sensible and make sure all your insurances and finances are in order and to get those tax returns in! Once this is done, the end of the month looks promising for travel plans.

 Cancer 22nd June -22nd July

New Year is a great time for resolutions and you may need to set out some ground rules when it comes to relating to others. Speaking to those close to you in a clear, straight forward manner will help you all know what to expect from each other and make life easier all round.

 Leo 22nd July- 21st August

How about having a New Year clear out? Who knows, you may unearth some treasures amongst the junk. The lunar eclipse on 21st January looks a great time to enjoy rediscovering some skills which you have not used for some time.

 Virgo 21st August- 21st September

Have you been thinking of starting a creative project? Well, 2019 is a great time to go for it. Activities involving children would be a fun way of reconnecting to your playful side and relaxing. So, let your imagination run free and get creating.

 Libra 21st September- 21st October

On January 7th your ruler, charming Venus, moves into your communication zone. It looks like you will be popular with friends and neighbours, so expect your social diary to fill up nicely. Check all your messages; you may get an interesting one from far afield.

 Scorpio 21st October- 21st November

You may want to restructure your working day to help yourself and your co workers to be more efficient. Other people could be a little reluctant to change at first; so use your powers of persuasion to convince them. After all, time saving ideas are always worth a try.

 Sagittarius 21st November- 21st December

This New Year is a good time to get to work on what you really value. Knuckling down and setting some structure in place now will pay off. So use your energy wisely to convert your big ideas into something workable.

 Capricorn 21st December – 20th January

Is there a message that you really want to get across to others? If so, now is a good time to speak up, you will be heard. If you ask for help it will be forthcoming, there are people who care and you don’t have to do it all alone.

 Aquarius 20th January – 18th February

This New Year is a good time to remember to have some ‘me’ time; your approaching birthday is a great opportunity to do this. So accept any offers and invitations from others and let them spoil you for a while!

 Pisces 19th February – 20th March

It looks like your friends will feature quite strongly as we begin 2019. Look out for new friendships forming, especially with like minded people. An old friend may suddenly reappear and don’t be surprised if a kindness is repaid.

If you would like to know more, why not contact me for a personalised reading?


Claire Manion DMS Astrol MAPAI



Monday 31st December 2018

This New Year’s Eve I was looking back over 2018. This year, along with astrology readings, talks, parties and writing for local magazines, I passed the Mayo School Diploma in Astrology and went to London in September to collect it – the culmination of a lot of work!
I am looking forward to 2019 for more astrology talks, teaching, workshops, astrology parties, shows and individual readings and writing on Facebook of course!
Thank you for your support over the year, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!🎉🎉🎉

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Sunday 30th December 2018

With December and 2018 fast coming to a close, it is time to start thinking ahead to 2019. Norfolk Astrological Association’s first meeting of 2019 is on Saturday 5th January at 1.45pm to 3.45pm at Guist Post Office cafe. I don’t know if they will still be in their Christmas finery or not, but they do a good slice of cake! So why not join us for some astrology and a coffee? All interested in astrology are welcome.

Astrologer’s Diary Sunday December 23rd- Saturday December 29th


Saturday 29th December 2018

Today, Mars planet of assertiveness conjuncts (gets up close and personal) with Centaur Chiron the healer. This is a tricky combination, particularly as go ahead Mars is in soft sensitive Pisces at the moment. So we may be feeling extra sensitive and easily upset today. However, there is always a silver lining in that this is good time to look at what we get upset about and why and to be compassionate with ourselves, after all none of us are perfect!

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Friday December 28th

I find that this time of year there is a sense of waiting. The media call this week Twixtmas and it is like that. After all the build up, Xmas is over but the new year has yet to kick in. This year, the waning moon is moving into Libra at 20.22 GMT. Libra is the sign of balance; the sun is there at harvest time, when decisions are being made about what to keep and what to get rid of. It is like that now too, so this is a great time to decide what to keep; that new coat you had for Christmas and what to give away; the old tatty one that it replaces! It can also go for habits , after all the new year is only a couple of days away! 😉

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Thursday 27th December 

I hope you had a good Christmas and that you enjoyed the festivities over the last two days and that Santa brought you what you wanted. He was very generous here, he brought me a very pretty moon necklace. Thank you Santa, he knows me so well! 🙂
Today the moon is in Virgo making a positive aspect to the sun, so you may feel like having a bit of a tidy up and sort out. We are here; my son is doing his homework, I am very impressed. I am finishing off my astrology writing for Let’s Talk magazine, the deadline is soon. Have a good day!

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Monday 24th December 2018

Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you have a great day. We are ready here, sprouts, carrots and beef ready to roll tomorrow. 😍

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Sunday 23rd December 2018

Wasn’t the full moon beautiful last night? It was so bright, I went visiting friends last night and could see quite clearly when I drove home. I did use my headlights though!  It has been very wet here today and is still raining now, so no moonlit trips up the lane for me tonight. Astrologically, the moon is still in its own sign of Cancer. The moon symbolises our emotions and rules Cancer which is a very caring, protective, home loving sign. So this soggy Sunday is a good time to be at home (if you can!) We had some (different) friends visit today, yes I am lucky, I have more than two friends..!  My hubby cooked the Sunday lunch which was very nice and our friends brought pudding, even better! 😍

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Astrologer’s Diary Sunday December 16th- Saturday December 22nd

Saturday 22nd December 2018

It’s the full moon tonight! It is rising in the North Eastern part of the sky as I write and is in its own sign of Cancer. So here in the UK it will be up for over fiftteen hours and dominate the sky tonight, as it did last night! The full moons have names, this one has quite a few to choose from; ‘the cold moon’, ‘the moon before yule’, ‘long night moon’ or ‘oak moon’. The sun is now in Capricorn and was up for seven and a half hours and is low in the sky all day. I was lucky enough to get out for a walk and get some daylight which is nice. I know not everyone gets the chance this time of year. I took the Moon photo last night after all the rain, and the sunset photo this evening.

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Friday 21st December

Happy Winter Solstice! As I said yesterday, the Sun moves into Capricorn tonight so the wheel of the year turns promising the return of the light. This is is a good time to review and appreciate. Thank you all for following my writings!

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Thursday 20th December 2018

Today is the last full day of the Sun in Sagittarius before it moves into the sign of Capricorn tomorrow night at 22.23 GMT. This is the winter solstice when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.

The word solstice comes from the Latin and means sun stands still. Here in the Northern Hemisphere we know the light will gradually return; a welcome thought! However, I do enjoy the dark winter evenings snuggled by the fire.

I like to decorate the house with evergreen foliage was out today collecting holly and ivy to and put behind the pictures. When it comes to the tree, we cheat a bit and have an artificial one.

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Wednesday 19th December 2018

Christmas is fast approaching and today just ran away from me. I went on a big shop and got very excitable with malt loaf for some reason, we now have 5 loaves of varying different sizes and flavours! Oh well my son loves malt loaf so he can happily much his way through them all, he’s got until the end of January.😃😃
My excuses;
1 Jupiter planet of excess is conjunct my sun,
2 I’m getting dafter by the day.
3 Both of the above.

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Tuesday 18th December 2018

I saw this event The Moon Exhibition advertised on Facebook, it is at the Moyse’s Hall Museum Bury St Edmunds and runs from Saturday 19th January until  Saturday 9th March. It looks really interesting and I am definitely aiming to go to this in 2019.


Monday 17th December

This week, Mercury, communication planet is moving closer to expansive Jupiter in enthusiastic Sagittarius. They will be exactly conjunct on 21st December. This should bring good news and be quite a fun time, but do watch out for people (yourself and others) being a bit too honest and indulging in a bit of exaggeration.

As those of you who read my page regularly probably know by now, I am a Sagittarius – I have been going on about it recently. As Mercury moves closer to Jupiter and my sun, I’ve been having a communicative day with calls and messages bringing good news and opportunities. 🙂

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Sunday December 16th

I’m a bit later writing today as we have come back from visiting my family to exchange presents, I call it doing the ‘Santa run’. So we are getting to feel fairly Christmassy; we had our well loved Xmas CD on in the car! The tree has yet to go up, we will do that in the coming week. My parents’ house West and I made the most of this by peering out of the window in the dark and seeing the moon on her back setting last night- around midnight, quite late for me. It was shimmering behind trees as it set. It added to the festive feel along with the neighbour’s Christmas lights! The moon is now in energetic Aries helping us have a boost of energy to get everything done for Christmas.

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Astrologer’s Diary – Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th December

Saturday 15th December

Wow, it really feels like Winter has arrived, the wind was cutting this morning when I went to the village shop. If we are lucky enough to get a clear evening then the moon is in Pisces and close to Mars which is always worth a look. Astrologically, when the Moon and Mars are close together we could feel a bit sensitive and emotional, especially as it is in Pisces. So this is a good time to snuggle up in the warm and watch a weepy movie!

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Friday 14th December

Yesterday I had some exciting post; a copy of January’s ‘Let’s Talk’ magazine and I am in it! I am doing a regular astrology feature ‘Star Talk’ where I discuss a sign of the month. For January this is Capricorn as Capricorns are born from 21st December – 20th January. Thank you to Angie and Terry and the Let’s Talk team for including me in their magazine. Astrologically, Jupiter, planet of opportunity and expansion is currently moving through Sagittarius and it is now very close to (conjunct) my natal sun. (The place of sun when I was born) so this is a lucky time for me and all you other Saggies out there.
If you would like to know about how the planets are playing out for you at the moment, I do individual readings. Please contact me for more details.

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Thursday December 13th

I said yesterday that Mercury has moved into Sagittarius. If you like planet spotting, it is visible in the early morning just before sunrise. Luckily for me, a sleepy head, sunrise is very late here in the northern hemisphere as it is only 8 days before the winter solstice. If you want to find Mercury, first pick a clear morning! Then if you have the chance between your morning duties, school run, toast making, etc, go outside before dawn. Tomorrow Friday 14th, it is 7.59 in Norfolk (regionally it varies a little bit) look to the East and find Venus. It is very bright and beautiful at the moment. (I’ve been going on about spotting Venus in the morning for a while now, on and off.) Mercury is also bright and below Venus. Also, if you feel like braving the cold, tonight is a good night to go out and look for the Geminids meteor shower. We are very lucky here in Norfolk to have dark skies. Apparently is best to look for them at 2am but you can be lucky and see them earlier than that, they are a bit unpredictable!

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Wednesday 12th December

Tonight just before midnight, Mercury moves back into Sagittarius. It was in Sagittarius all of November and spent the first two weeks of December in Scorpio where it turned round and is now moving forward again. Sagittarius is a lively, generous sign but as I have said before it is not too keen on details. So this is good for getting into the party spirit and giving great presents, but do check those pesky details like dates and addresses!

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Tuesday 11th December 2018

Hello, it’s a beautiful morning, I love the frosty winter days. It’s not so good if you’re a chicken though! I had to melt the water on my birds’ drinker today and yes, one of them had laid an egg this morning. 🙂
Today Mercury communication planet is in the last degree of Scorpio, ready to move into Sagittarius. There is often a sense of urgency when a planet is in the last degree of a sign. It is forming a grand trine to healer planet Chiron and the Moon’s North Node in Cancer. Venus is making a positive aspect to gentle romantic Neptune in its own sign of Pisces. So today is a good day for communicating about emotions and nurturing relationships.

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Monday 10th December
Chiron the wounded healer went direct yesterday. Chiron was discovered in 1977 and is used by most modern astrologers. Chiron is classified as a minor planet and a comet. It orbits between Saturn and Uranus. It takes 50 years to go round the sun and has a very uneven – elliptical orbit, whizzing through some signs and spending ages in others. Chiron spends a long time in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac and has been there since 2011. It briefly entered Aries in April 2018 then reversed back into the last degrees of Pisces. It will spend the next few months until March moving through the last degrees of Pisces until it goes into Aries for good- well the next 50 years anyway. The symbol for Chiron is a key and in the Greek myths he was a healer and teacher who helped others unlock their skills and potential.
When Chiron is retrograde it is easy to get stuck in old self defeating patterns- tell me about it! So now it is direct this is a time to release those old habits, if we can. I am trying- yes, very trying says my husband.😉




Sunday 9th December

It is a lovely clear evening here in Norfolk and the new moon is visible. It is a beautiful silver sliver visible in the evening as it now sets after the sun. Tonight the sun set at 15.40 GMT in Norwich and the moon will set at 17:41 , so if you want to see it, pop out and have a look. It is in the South West low in the sky as it is in Capricorn. (Cloud permitting). A new moon is good time to start things and tomorrow I have a lot of reading to do! The new moon from our lane, just about visible in my photo.🙂

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Astrologer’s Diary 2nd December- 8th December

Saturday 8th December

Uh oh, I’ve just remembered that I hadn’t posted today. My son and I went on a Christmas shopping mission to Norwich. We set off early – for us, and were in the city by 9.20am. It was quiet first thing but it got busier. We had a good day and bought most of what we wanted to. The moon moved into organised, responsible Capricorn today. We wrapped most of the pressies when we got home ready for a trip to family next weekend. I hope your Christmas plans are going well. See you in the morning!
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Friday 7th December

Here we are at the new moon on a very soggy morning. At last month’s new moon I focused on Mars, planet of action, for a month. As part of that I decided to write daily astrology posts here and on my Facebook page and I have! Hooray. This month I am focusing on the sun (where is it ??) which is about being creative and expressive. So I am continuing with my posts and will illustrate at least three of them with my creative efforts. I’ve been thinking about this for a while! I enjoyed art at school – a long time ago; I did O levels. I worked as a florist in my teens and early twenties so I enjoy being creative and arty. The picture today is of my ‘sun king’ and ‘moon queen’ which I made a couple of years ago. As it is a new moon when the Sun and the Moon are at the same degree of the zodiac so I will start with them.

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Thursday 6th December

Today the moon moved into Sagittarius at 2.48am GMT and will exactly conjunct the sun tomorrow morning – Friday 7th December at 7.20am GMT. So this will be the new moon. It is not visible for a couple of days. When it is, it will be a waxing crescent (a back to front C shape) and will be visible around sun set. So this marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle. New moons happen every 28 days and progress through the zodiac over the year. So as the sun is in Sagittarius at the moment, tomorrow’s new moon is in Sagittarius along with lucky expansive Jupiter. It also coincides with Mercury the communicator planet going forwards again, as I said yesterday, it turns direct tonight. New moons are a good time to set intentions, so what would you like to do this month? Apart from survive – I mean, enjoy Christmas?! 😉

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Wednesday 5th December

Today the waning moon is still in Scorpio, along with communication planet Mercury and Venus. Mercury will turn direct tomorrow night, ending its retrograde period which started on November 17th. Have you been having any confusions and communication tangles in the last few weeks?
We’ve have a few cancellations and changes of plan and two mix ups involving boots, but everything has been sorted now!
On the plus side, I’ve written the Christmas cards, we have quite a long list as between us we’ve got a lot of family and being a restless Sagittarius I’ve moved around over the years. I’m looking forward to hearing from people, there are always some changes. I hope our cards get out safely, I posted them today! Uh oh! Perhaps I should have waited…! Christmas is a busy time for Mercury with lots of messages being delivered.

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Tuesday 4th December

Another beautiful morning and another lovely view of the Moon and Venus in the predawn sky. Did you notice that the Moon and Venus have swapped places? Yesterday the waning crescent moon was to the right – West of Venus and today the Moon is to the left – East of Venus. This is because the moon is moving closer to the sun daily. It is gradually diminishing in size, it was a silver sliver this morning. (Try saying that with your teeth in!) and will get ever smaller until it becomes invisible to us as it reaches its conjunction with the sun on Thursday morning. This will be the new moon in Sagittarius and another lunar cycle will begin.
Astrologically today the Moon is making a trine (a positive aspect) to Neptune and Mars in Pisces. Scorpio and Pisces are both water signs so we may all be feeling quite sensitive and in tune with our loved ones today.


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Monday 3rd December

What a lovely sight this morning, the waning crescent moon and Venus together in the early morning sky. The moon is still in Libra and will move in to Scorpio this evening joining Venus and then Mercury on the 5th.

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Sunday 2nd December 2018

Today Venus moved into Scorpio again. It first moved into Scorpio in September and reached as far as 10 degrees in early October then back tracked from 10 degrees of Scorpio back to 25 degrees of Libra where it turned direct on 16th November. Since then it has been moving old ground, first in light, Libra and now in deep Scorpio. Added to this, Mercury the communication planet is still moving backwards and is also now in Scorpio – it moved in yesterday.

So it is worth looking at what has happened in your relationships in the past couple of months. Secrets could come to light we are likely to want to get to the heart of matters.

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Astrologer’s Diary 25th November- 1st December

Sunday 25th November

Early this morning Neptune went direct. It has been going retrograde since June. This summer, apart from being very hot, was also the summer of retrogrades. So it was a time of going over old ground. Now the planets are gradually all turning forwards. From today, Mercury and Uranus are the only two planets appearing to go backwards in the sky. Mercury goes direct on December the 6th and Uranus on January 6th 2019. So we are moving into a more free flowing expressive time.

In astrology, Neptune is the planet of compassion, sensitivity, psychic awareness and creativity. It also the planet of confusion, illusion and even deception. Now that it is moving forward we may feel more compassionate towards others and want to do something about that. I know this is time of year there are plenty of opportunities to donate to charity or to be generous to someone who needs it. We also may want to express our creative ideas to others, perhaps we have been keeping them to ourselves for a while and feel now is the time to let them go, out into the wider world. Neptune is just the planet for going with the flow and trusting the universe. Right! Off I waft to do some dreaming….

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Monday November 26th

Astrologically, today is an important day! Jupiter, planet of enthusiasm and luck is in its own sign and it makes a conjunction to the sun also in Sagittarius. This is a time of opportunity and promise. However, Mercury is also very close to these two. As we know, at the moment Mercury is retrograde, and in ‘detriment’ in Sagittarius. Mercury is a sign which likes to analyse whereas Sagittarius likes to generalize so Mercury has to work quite hard in Sagittarius. Therefore as usual it is about striking a balance. Sun and Jupiter in Sagittarius can get carried away. Mercury will help us to consider our options, but watch out for self doubt. Opportunities don’t last forever so to make the most of them use some positive thinking but remember to keep an eye on the details!
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Tuesday November 27th
This morning the waning moon moves into the fire sign of Leo. It will make a positive aspect (trine) to the sun in Sagittarius another fire sign. In natal (birth chart) astrology the sun represents your self and the moon represents your emotions. The moon changes signs every two and a half days so within the month that it takes the sun to move through one sign the moon moves through them all. This gives a different emphasis; for example, a Sagittarius with moon in Leo is likely to be more outgoing than a Sagittarius with moon in Cancer who is likely to be more home loving. There are many more factors and each birth chart and person and moment in time is different but the sun and moon are very important in the birth chart.
Wednesday November 28th 2018


Uh oh, I am a bit late today, it has been one of those days when I been easily distracted, me surely not! I am a mutable sign, we are known for it, that’s my excuse! Any way, I am happy because I have just finished my predictions for January the North Norfolk Post. As we have just over two days to go until December I am posting my predictions today.

Monthly Horoscope for December 2018 

by Claire Manion Astrologer. 

Aries 21st March – 20th April

As the festive season approaches you could be feeling restless. Around the new moon on the 7th you may want to make changes so you can feel free. Look before you leap and make sure that your actions are based in reality and not fantasy.

Taurus 20th April – 21st May

If you have a sneaky suspicion that a certain person is being secretive with you, trust the feeling. They will speak to you when they are ready; in the meantime keep calm and carry on with the festivities.

 Gemini 21st May – 21st June

As December progresses you are moving into a more sociable and outgoing phase. So make the most of the festive season and let yourself be talked into getting out and about; you may have more fun than you think and get to see some new faces and places.

 Cancer 22nd June -22nd July

You are a creature of habit, but this month your routines look set for a change. It is a time to broaden your horizons and long journeys could be on the cards. There are lots of ideas to discuss and plans to make.

 Leo 22nd July- 21st August

Christmas is a great time for you to express your creativity, whether that means a perfectly decorated tree or carefully chosen gifts. Perhaps you could make something special for your loved ones using your talents.

Virgo 21st August- 21st September

There is a new phase coming in your home life. Whatever your plans are, it looks like you need to be flexible, so keep a full cupboard and an open mind and see how the month unfolds.

 Libra 21st September- 21st October

This is a good time to look at your relationships and make sure you are getting what you need. With the new moon on the 7th in your communication zone, you may find that family members open up to you, so look out for some interesting chats!

Scorpio 21st October- 21st November

Venus, planet of love and attraction is in Scorpio most of this month so you may find people gravitating towards you. Enjoy the attention; as romance could be in the air at this magical time of year.

Sagittarius 21st November- 21st December

It looks quite full on for you this month, but try not to take on too much. Although luck is on your side, remember to check your diary so you don’t double book yourself; you can’t be in two places at once!

 Capricorn 21st December – 20th January

Amongst all the festivities, you could be feeling a little introverted so try and sneak some ‘me’ time, perhaps a pamper night in might be just what the doctor ordered.

 Aquarius 20th January – 18th February

You are likely to be all set to start working towards a long held goal. Friends and social contacts offer some great ideas and opportunities. So look out for interesting invitations and messages in amongst the Christmas cards.

 Pisces 19th February – 20th March

‘Tis the season to be jolly, particularly when it come to your career. It looks like you have a recent success to celebrate. There may be more opportunities coming your way, so make the most of them.


Thursday 29th November 2018

The moon went from creative Leo to industrious Virgo today. It was time for me to clean that oven of mine, you know when you can’t leave it any longer..! It is looking and smelling better than it did. Moon in Virgo is good time to do cleaning and any fiddly detailed jobs. The moon is waning and will be exactly at last quarter in the early hours of tomorrow 30th November. If you want to see it look out for it in the morning (weather permitting). It rises at 23.04 tonight and sets at lunchtime; 13.21.
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Friday 30th November

Wow, did you see the Moon and Venus this morning? We are lucky here to have a beautifully clear sky after all that wind and rain. Just before sunrise when the sky turns that lovely blue, Venus was bright and beautiful, it is the third brightest object in the sky after the sun and the moon. People sometimes think it is an aeroplane coming into land it is that bright- but not quite as fast moving! The moon is beautiful too, crisp and white against the blue sky.It is visible now quite high in the South West. Here in the UK it sets at 13.21 so there’s a few hours yet to get a glimpse of it.

Venus will be visible tomorrow morning if you missed it today. It will be at its brightest on Sunday 2nd December but visible all month in the morning. 

Astrologically, Venus has a few more days in its own sign of balanced peace loving Libra, then it will move into sultry Scorpio on Sunday. So today and tomorrow are good days for any negotiation.

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Saturday 1st December

December has arrived. Today I am prepping to get ready for our astrology group this afternoon. Norfolk Astrology Association. We meet the 1st Saturday of the month. We are looking at the chart of Elon Musk entrepreneur, investor and engineer. In 2012 he was he first man to launch a commercial spacecraft – Dragon. It carries cargo to and from the ISS. The chart for the launch of the rocket Falcon 9 which transported Dragon has Uranus planet of revolution, invention and new technology in Aries on the ascendant. This is a great expression of the pioneering spirit of this event. Musk and his company SpaceX were being very courageous and adventurous. They were also making changes for the whole of humanity. He wants to make public space travel possible. To borrow a phrase from Star Trek is was a ‘to boldly go’ moment.
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Astrologer’s Diary 18th – 24th November

Sunday 18th

It is the end of my second week of writing every day and this week has been quite eventful astrologically with Mars moving into Pisces, Venus going direct and Mercury going retrograde. I have had a good week and on Friday I went to a restorative yoga class run by a lady who I hadn’t seen for a long time. It was excellent, very restful. I was very good though, I didn’t fall asleep during the meditation. Most unusual for me!

This week coming up we have more astrological changes; on Thursday the sun is leaving sultry Scorpio and moving into enthusiastic Sagittarius. The moon is waxing and on Friday it will be full in the sign of Gemini- full moons are always in the sign opposite the sun. On Sunday dreamy Neptune turns direct. So this looks quite an energetic period.

Monday 19th November 

At the moment passionate and impulsive Mars is in vague Pisces. It is making a tense angle, a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius which can be over the top at the best of times. So at the moment even the most cautious of folk may be inclined to being a bit slapdash and acting before thinking things through.We might also want to take a few risks without having all the facts. ‘Surely not!’ say I , an impulsive Sagittarius with no air in my chart (the logical, thinking element). This aspect will continue for a couple of weeks; into early December, so I suggest we take a bit of time to consider things. Luckily, cautious Saturn in Capricorn is making a positive aspect to Mars later this week which will help lend a bit of practicality and stability to the situation.

Tuesday November 20th  2018

Have you noticed the moon recently? It has been gradually waxing (increasing in size) it was bright last night, spreading silvery light on my kitchen floor. It is building up to a full moon in Gemini on Friday. The moon spends approximately 2 and a half days in each sign and is currently in Aries, it will move into Taurus tonight 23.42 GMT. When the moon is Aries emotions can run a bit high and we can feel impatient. People born with Moon in Aries are direct and passionate (impatient even!) They can get an awful lot done in a short time but their energy tends to come in bursts.

Wednesday 21st November Today I have been preparing for an astrology party that I am running on Friday. I am really looking forward to it; games, fun, astrology and food. Yes! If you would like to host one, please contact me by PM or
email or phone 07749822495.

Thursday 22nd November

Today at 9.01 the sun is moving into jolly Sagittarius. I always think this is very appropriate in the run up to Christmas; the party season, the time to have fun. It is also a time of generosity, but we are encouraged to spend! This year communication planet Mercury is in Sagittarius – and went retrograde on Saturday. When it comes to spending, this can work in our favour as Mercury rules trade. So a retrograde Mercury can help us slow down and think about what we need to buy rather than impulsively snapping up a bargain. We can give in other ways too; a smile or a helping hand. So on that note I hope you all have a good day and I am off to smile at my chickens to see if they have laid any eggs on a cold November morning!

Friday 23rd November 

Today is the day of the full moon, it was exactly full at 5.40 this morning GMT when most of us were still tucked up in bed. I certainly was! As the sun is in Sagittarius the full Moon is in its opposite sign of Gemini. They are both mutable signs – changeable, restless adaptable. This is a combination about learning and communication, Gemini is ruled by Mercury the messenger planet and Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter the planet of higher learning and opportunity. At the moment both of these planets are in Sagittarius close to the sun. So this is a very lively full moon look out for exciting opportunities and messages. What will turn up today? Where do you want to go?

Saturday November 23rd 

The astro party went off well last night. It is so nice to share astrology like this. Thank you to our hostess who made a great curry and collected all the birth details and to everyone who came.

Astrologer’s Diary 11th- 17th November

Hi I am onto week two. I have just posted three days of posts as the website went down over the weekend and  it has just come on so I am all up to date now.

Sunday 11th November

I have just come back from our local town, Fakenham where my son has been in the Armistice remembrance parade with the Scouts. He was the standard bearer so I am one proud mum! I was looking at the astrological chart for the signing of the Armistice Treaty 11 am 11th November 1918. The tone is one of realism, forgiveness, change and recognition of suffering. I compared it with the chart for 11am today in London, one hundred years on. Today there is a prominent conjunction of Saturn and the Moon. It was just rising at 11am. It is visible now in the sky if you want to pop out and have a look! Saturn is just below the crescent moon quite low in the South West. Both these planets represent the past, the Moon is about our emotions, our families and Saturn is about time, longevity and responsibility. Also, Chiron, the healer is in Pisces, the sign of forgiveness and compassion at the exact same degree as it was 100 years ago. The phrase ‘we will remember them’ is very fitting for this configuration. Also, it is more than just remembering, as the Reverend of Fakenham said in his address in the service after the parade, it is about learning the lessons of compassion and responsibility so that we don’t make similar mistakes again. Not always easy, I know!

Monday 12th November 

Good morning. We’ve got more sun here in the East aren’t we lucky! My hubby has been decorating my mat which I use for experiential astrology. It looks great don’t you think? Experiential astrology is an interactive way of having your birth chart read. I set your birth chart out onto the mat and you step into it. I guide you round your chart. It is a very powerful process. If you would like to know more please contact me on 07749822495 or via email or PM me through my Facebook page.  The chart shown is the chart for today 12th November at 12 noon. Pluto, the Moon and Saturn on the left hand side of the circle are close to the ascendant. This is the Eastern horizon so they are just rising. The Moon and Saturn will be visible as it gets dark.

Tuesday 13th November

It is another lovely morning here. So if it stays clear we should have a good view of the waxing moon this evening. Mars will also be visible to the East which is to the left of the moon as you are looking South. The moon sets later each night and tonight will set at around 9pm. Today the moon moves into free thinking Aquarius. So this is a good time to meet up with like minded people and thrash out some ideas, perhaps you might find a new solution to a long standing problem!

Wednesday 14th November

Hello, yesterday, I had a really productive evening, it was my first time at a monthly group for local small businesses and I was made very welcome by a group of energetic, enthusiastic ladies. I came away with lots of ideas. The moon is in Aquarius which is the sign of groups and Aquarius’ ruler, Uranus has moved back into go getting Aries. So this a great time for boosting entrepreneurial projects, discussing ideas and supporting others to do the same. I also have my new business cards.Yippee!

Wednesday 15th November

Tonight,  Mars planet of energy, enthusiasm and action is moving into soft, gentle Pisces. This is not an easy combination as Mars is a direct energy and Pisces is not, so this can lead to a lack of get up and go. It can also lead to a feeling of frustration as despite your best intentions things may go astray and you could easily find yourself confused and distracted. ((Story of my life, I am, a distractable Sagittarius) However, on the upside, yes there is always one! Mars in Pisces is very spiritual and good at acting in a way which needs the gentle touch. There is very much the feeling of ‘let go and let god’ with this placement. So it is a good time to set an intention and then let things work out in their own way without too much interference and worrying from you. Just remember every now and then to check what your intention was to make sure you are on track.

Friday 16th November

Good morning, today Venus, planet of love goes direct. It is in charming gracious Libra, its own sign. (All planets are linked to signs and Venus has two, airy Libra and earthy sensual Taurus) When planets are retrograde they appear to go backwards so they go over old ground thus giving us time to think and reassess things. With Venus this is about what we value, and in Libra it is about relationships. So in the past month you may have seen changes or revelations in your relationships. In the last month I have started meeting up with my Libra cousin for chats and tea after meeting her by chance twice within two weeks. Now Venus is starting to go direct again, this is a time to adjust to what we have learnt and to appreciate what we have.

Saturday 17th November 

Early this morning, Mercury, planet of communication went retrograde. Quite a few people have heard of this and I sometimes get asked about it. It can have a bad reputation, this is because when Mercury is retrograde messages don’t always get through as intended. Mercury can be a trickster, but tricks can teach us to be more aware of things. Mercury retrograde makes us slow down and is a good time for introspection. As I was saying yesterday, retrograde planets go over old ground and Mercury is in bouncy Sagittarius. Well, Sagittarians are not known for their attention to detail, so now Mercury’s moving backwards, details might appear whcih we hadn’t noticed earlier. This period of Mercury retrograde will continue until December 6th. So in these three weeks, it is probably best not to start new projects unless you absolutely have to, and if you do, look out for things not quite working as planned.
Also, allow a bit more time for detours and delays on journeys. I had to take my son to another Scout event today, yes they’ve been a busy troop this week! It is in a village fairly close to us but the most direct route involves crossing what I call ‘The twilight zone’. It is a very pretty area of Norfolk with hamlets such as Fusty Weed and Primrose Green (yes really). I often get lost as it is full of a maze of tiny lanes with unhelpful sign posts and it so easy to go round in circles and get frustrated. We got a bit lost this morning but not too bad, thanks to Sat Nav lady who guided us to our destination. As I am quite old school, (or maybe just quite old…) I studied the map and realized that I had been on the right road and turned off too early. Story of my life..! Anyway, before I went to collect him I learnt the route and got there and back without getting lost! Hoooray. So I used retrograde Mercury to help me slow down and look at where I went wrong rather than just being Sagittarius and jumping in and impulsively turning up some interesting lane! It is early days though, so I wonder what tricks Mercury will get up to!