Venus conjunct Jupiter in Leo


Hi there

Weather permitting, tonight, 1st July is a great night for planet spotting; there is a beautiful display of Venus conjunct Jupiter in Leo clearly visible in the Western sky just after sunset. Venus is the brightest of the two planets (apart from the sun and moon it is the brightest natural object in our sky) and Jupiter is slightly above it.

Added to that there is a full moon in Capricorn rising just before sunset. (It reaches fullness at 3.21am BST Thursday) Let’s hope for a clear night! Last night, here in Norfolk, we were very fortunate and had a cloudless sky and a fantastic view. I’ve been watching Jupiter and Venus slowly draw closer together over the months; this is partly due to my regular trips up the lane to shut up my chickens at dusk; an ideal time to see planets.

Astrologically, Venus planet of love, beauty and affection is placed in the regal sign of Leo which is ruled by the sun. This suggests that it is a great time for socialising, enjoying ourselves and appreciating art and beauty. Jupiter is the king of planets, it is a gas giant and the largest planet in our solar system. Astrologically it expands and increases the qualities of any planet it aspects. Therefore the call to have fun is upon us; summer is the season for sunbathing (Venus and Jupiter are in Leo, ruled by the sun!) BBQs, festivals, holidays and  parties. However, Jupiter can get carried away so overindulgence could be a possibility, unless one exercises some caution.

There are indications that this cautious energy is available to us; over the next two days the moon is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, planet of good sense and boundaries. Longer term Saturn is in Scorpio making a challenging square to the potentially over exuberant conjunction in Leo. Venus will be moving into careful, conscientious Virgo on 18th July so things may take a more serious note after that. Meanwhile, I’m going to have some fun and not too much ice-cream!







The sun has just moved into the sign of Gemini, a good time for me to start writing about astrology as Gemini is the sign of communication, ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the gods.

MercuryGemini is an air sign which loves to discuss and debate ideas. Geminis are often witty, restless and analytical, they like information for its own sake, it doesn’t have to be true.

At the moment Venus, Mercury and Jupiter are also in Gemini making it a great time for communication; appropriately exams are held annually at this time of year.

Jupiter spends approximately a year in each sign and it is about to leave Gemini and head into Cancer. Jupiter expands whatever it meets and whilst it has been in Gemini (since June 2012) cycling (a very Mercurial activity) has greatly increased in popularity and Britain’s cyclists were incredibly successful with Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins gaining medals in the Olympics and Bradley Wiggins also won the Tour de France.

_Bradley Wiggins Golden RideSo it’s good time to make the most of all this activity and if you don’t have to take any exams, get chatting, writing or cycling! If you are taking exams, use the clear, logical energy of Mercury to help you think things through carefully, but try not to fall into the Gemini trap of getting distracted.