imagesFor some months, Mr and Mrs W have been suffering some marital problems. However, they have been working fervently toward a mutually-agreeable solution. In the face of what would appear to be a very recent and serious set-back towards that goal, Mrs W has asked whether she and Mr W will stay together and eventually find happiness?

HappilyYES – this happy result should become clear in either 5 days, 5 weeks, or even possibly, 5 months. However, until then, expect further testing times (and manipulative power-plays).

ANALYSIS:

  1. Because Mrs W is the querent, she is represented by Venus – ruler of the chart’s Taurus ascendant.
  2. Because Mr W is her husband, he is represented by Mars – ruler of the chart’s 7th house cusp (Scorpio).
  3. Venus (Mrs W) would be quite powerful in Pisces (where she is exalted) – but she is much weakened by being cadent (12th house) and square to the malefic, Saturn (in the 8th house of joint finances). She is also retrograde (back-pedalling). Doubtless, feeling constrained by her overall situation (most likely financial), Mrs W is reconsidering her options.
  4. Mars (Mr W) would be quite weak by being in detriment in Taurus – however he regains much power by being conjunct the chart’s Ascendant (i.e. he is both cadent and angular )- where he is in a much better position than Venus (Mrs W) to  influence the outcome of the situation. Although modern planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) are not usually used in horary, it is tempting to suggest that because Mars (Mr W) is in trine aspect to Pluto, he has been manoeuvring behind the scenes to pull off a covert power-play. This somewhat malevolent game is also suggested by Mars conjunct the fixed star, Algol, which is associated with intensity and ruthlessness. If that were not enough to confirm suspicions, Mars is also conjunct the fixed star, Capulus, which is linked with aggressive, male energy.
  5. Be that as it may, in order to predict a happy ending for Mr and Mrs W, we need for Venus (Mrs W) and Mars (Mr W) to have an applying trine or sextile aspect between them. While these two are indeed in sextile aspect, it would appear (at first-blush) that they are separating (with Venus leading the way) rather than applying; this would not be good. However, Venus is currently in retrograde (back-pedalling) and after she turns direct (15th April), Mars will chase after and catch up with her on the 17th April at 2AM GMT- when the (now applying) sextile will be perfected.
  6. This is good news for Mr and Mrs W –  and this should become clear in 5 days, 5 weeks, or perhaps even 5 months.
  7. In horary, the Moon is the overall symbol of how events play out (past, present, and future) and so before we give our final verdict here, we must also look to the Moon (3 Scorpio) and all aspects that it will make before it changes sign.
    • Next aspect – Moon opposition Mercury – suggesting a favourable time for working out that mutually-agreeable solution.
    • Next – Moon opposition Mars – suggesting a testing time for the couple – perhaps some teething problems with implementing that solution?
    • Final – Moon trine Venus – good for marriage and love affairs, suggesting Mr and Mrs W will finally find that marital happiness they so desire – as this result confirms the initial analysis, we can now safely sat that this is the end of the matter.

Electional astrology is the art of choosing the ideal moment for a particular project or event; it focuses on a point of no return, a time of commitment from which I am unlikely to turn back.

The astrologer-magician, John Dee, elected the chart for Queen Elizabeth I’s coronation as well as the timing of the sailing of the Armada and we all know how well they both turned out. No chart is perfect. I understand that. But if in choosing the time to launch my new astrological coaching practice I can do half as well as Dee did, I’ll be pleased.

LAUNCH:launch

13th June 2017

15:00 BST

Oxford, UK

CONSIDERATIONS INCLUDE:

  1. Arguably, the placement of the Moon is most important factor in electional astrology – this is because she is the fastest moving planet in the chart and hence, key to issues of timing.
  2. The Moon should be angular so that she can be of maximum effect. Here the Moon is in the 4th house (angular) – strong at the very foundation or root of the chart/new coaching practice.
  3. This Moon is making an applying trine to Jupiter  – this aspect is favourable for starting new ventures as well as for dealing with influential people.
  4. After that, the Moon will make a trine to Mercury (good for work requiring ingenuity and flexibility) as well as making a trine to the Sun (also good for beginning new ventures, influencing important people, and seeking advancement).
  5. Upon reaching her trine with the Sun, the Moon will have formed Grand Trine in AIR (Sun, Moon, Jupiter). AIR = communication – i.e. the ability to stand back and dispassionately observe a situation – FANTASTIC because as I understand it, this is what coaching is all about.
  6. Modality of the angles – I’ve elected for cardinal signs (Libra/Aries on the ASC/DSC and Capricorn/Cancer on the IC/MC) – this is to get my practice up and moving as soon as possible – making the maximum impact in the shortest period of time.
  7. Strong chart ruler – with Libra rising, Venus is the chart-ruler and she is strong in Taurus, which she rules by sign and also by term. This lends a pleasing and diplomatic flavour to my practice – clients will feel welcome and fairly treated. How can that be anything other than good?
  8. Venus is Square to the Moon – traditionally this is favourable for sports and games as well as for marriage and hiring employees. I’ll be honest. There’s no connection here between that and my new coaching practice. However, it’s important that the chart ruler isn’t making any adverse aspects (especially to Saturn) which luckily, she is not. While it is true that Venus is making a Sextile to Mars (like Saturn, also a malefic), this ensures a good working relationship between me (7th house/Aries = Mars as ruler) and my clients (1st house/Libra = Venus as ruler).
  9. Jupiter on the Ascendant – adds an air of optimistic expansion to my new practice – which I figure is also good. Clients needs to see all possibilities before them before they can choose and the more positive they are about making that choice, the better that choice will likely turn out.launch and me
  10. Mercury and the Sun are both in Gemini – the zodiacal sign most associated with communication – with Mercury very strong in rulership (Gemini) – and also conjunct my own natal Moon at 13 Gemini! Note also that the Sun at 22 Gemini is conjunct my natal Jupiter (26 Gemini). Both ensuring that my personalised stamp will be on my new endeavour. Positive elements of Gemini include sharp intellect, maximum flexibility, eager and alert, excellent communicators, widely versed, sophistication with words.

BREXITOn Wednesday, Theresa May triggered Article 50 and BREXIT begins; I would not be surprised if the UK government employed astrologers to advise as to the timing of this  – the astrological symbolism is  perfect:

  • Five planets (Venus, Sun, Uranus, Moon, Mercury)
  • Clustered in ARIES (fighting fit) – cardinal (whoosh) fire
  • Highly visible at the top of the chart (HIGH NOON)
  • with the Sun and Venus straddling the Midheaven (MC).
  • The UK people (Moon)
  • have delivered a radical and rebellious (Uranus)
  • albeit diplomatic (Venus)
  • message (Mercury)
  • through their Prime Minster (Sun)
  • that they are taking back control of their nation – regardless of the consequences (Aries).

images-1When looking at the BREXIT chart in comparison with the UK natal chart, we find that BREXIT stellium in Aries at the UK natal Descendant – SUNSET – waving a fond farewell to the EU – GOODBYE (for now).Untitled

Also, when comparing the UK natal chart (inner ring) to the BREXIT chart (outer ring) we might consider the following:

  1. BREXIT was inevitable – the BREXIT Jupiter opposition Uranus is conjunct the UK’s nodal axis (‘fated’ past/future) – The 14-year cycle involving Jupiter and Uranus is all about the Promethean Spirit – rebellion – self-determination – saying ‘no’ to the status quo. Here we find Jupiter and Uranus in opposition – 180 degrees – the extreme point of the cycle that began in 2010 (Jupiter and Uranus were conjunct together at 0 degrees Aries). Unsurprisingly, it was in 2010 that the Daily Express became the first mainstream national newspaper to demand that the UK should leave the EU and it was to become one of the fastest-growing campaigns in newspaper history. At the opposition – BREXIT – it should come as no surprise that we have just harvested fruit of the seeds sown at that 2010 Britain-out-572878conjunction.
  2. BREXIT is about the death and REBIRTH of the heart and soul of a nation (BREXIT Pluto conjunct the UK’s Sun in Capricorn in the 4th house). Yes, indeed it is that but it is also something else too – BREXIT is part of much bigger (global) picture – i.e. radical restructuring of the world order. OK, the deal here is that BREXIT happened during outgoing square – (i.e. 90 degrees – manifestation – CRISIS POINT) – of the current Pluto/Uranus (127-year) cycle, which commenced in 1965/66). It was in 1965 that Nigel Lawson said that the UK should join the Common Market (as the EU was then called) – because its only choice was between that and backward looking protectionism. But it was not long after the UK joined the EU/EEC in 1973 that the reality of that decision was to come home to roost. Even by the 1970’s the EU had made moves toward monetary union and tax harmonisation – and the English jurist, Lord Denning, explained in 1974 that EEC Law was ‘like an incoming tide’ that cannot be held back. With BREXIT, this tide has now turned – the dikes of protectionism will no longer be breached. What might this suggest about the world-wide future of the ever-growing tide of globalism? If what just happened with BREXIT is any indication, I think we now know the answer – all things both good and bad must someday, come to an end.
  3. BREXIT is also about regaining the DREAM of the UK’s once superior international network of commercial interests (BREXIT Neptune sextile UK Mars in Taurus in the 9th house – also note that the BREXIT Mars in Taurus is also conjunct the UK’s Mars in Taurus). But whether this dream of renewal is possible to achieve is highly questionable to the least because Neptune always undermines Mars’ efforts. It has been suggested (Baigent, Campion, Harvey) that the UK’s natal Mars in the 8th house in opposition to Neptune indicates all the wars fought to support the UK superior network of commercial interests – especially as a maritime power – Britannia rules the waves!? Let’s not forget that BREXIT has done nothing to change this – that Neptune/Mars natal aspect that served the UK so well for so many years remains firmly fixed in place. Perhaps UK politicians should take note that although ruling the waves again like in times gone by may no longer be a realistic possibility, Neptune also rules fishing, drugs, oil, and promotion of stock companies.Unknown
  4. There are fears that BREXIT means financial setbacks for the UK – and, at least in the short-term, and that is probably inevitable – but how bad will it be and for how long? Venus governs money – financial institutions, bankers, as well as  national resources. In in the BREXIT chart, Venus is pedalling backwards – i.e. retrograde motion. This, I fear, suggests some financial hard times ahead and, quite possibly, because the BREXIT Venus falls in the UK’s 6th house – it will be felt most by the NHS (National Health Service). Hopefully, however, this back-pedalling won’t go on for too long – it’s a given that eventually, Venus will turn and move forwards again (17 ephemeris days = 17 months?). Note also that in the BREXIT chart Mercury (science, literary works, education and the press) is making a close trine to Saturn (structure, regulations, discipline). So one way forward economically might be for the UK to introduce laws encouraging the export of education and literature – both endeavours of which the UK is already well-respected and well-known. This suggestion is echoed by the fact that the BREXIT Saturn is in the UK’s natal 3rd house (trade, education, communication) and trine the UK’s own natal Saturn in the 11th (parliament).

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nan SR 2017The Solar Return (SR) chart is an astrological map for the next 12 months and the Sun (SO) is the most significant planet in the chart. It’s position – by house and aspect – indicates where you’ll be spending your time and energy during the next year.

With your SR SO in the 11th house, your focus will be in making your fondest hopes and dreams a reality – although as is noted later, this process may not be straightforward and/or easy. You may also expect to spend some effort developing some new friendships, which may not only further those fondest hopes/dreams but also raise difficult questions – re: romance or friendship?  Indeed, with your SR Moon (MO) and Venus (VE) also in your 11th house a romance might well be indicated – but be careful ! Your new friend(s) may have somehow become so linked up with your fondest hopes and dreams  that you’ll go for the whole package –  despite the odds.

This may, however, not be the best approach.

Neptune (NE) is also in your 11th house (on the cusp, in fact) and this suggests that not only are your hopes/dreams not yet fully formed but they might also be subject to considerable confusion (or worse, deception). Although you feel that you’re ready to ‘go with the flow’ – you probably have little or no real idea where that ‘flow’ is headed. Worse, you might well be faced with multiple potential paths. As the year progresses, you will be able to assess the situation more clearly – although you still must look very carefully before you decide to take any leap.Unknown

With SR Jupiter in your 5th house, you are searching for ways to expand and express your need for greater freedom – in creative endeavours as well as perhaps in love affairs – indeed this placement suggests the latter and if that should be the case, then the emotions generated may be quite overwhelming.

SR Mars represents where your active energies will be geared toward material manifestation. With SR Mars in your 12th house,  you can expect to spend a good chunk of time working from behind the scenes or maybe not doing much work at all. As noted earlier, there is likely to be a good deal of uncertainty/confusion regarding where you’re heading. This uncertainty/confusion is underlined twice here in the 12th house (double whammy): (1)  your SR NE is tightly sextile your SR Mars and of course (2) NE is the ruler of the 12th –   This year, it will be all too easy to stray from your chosen path – indeed what you originally set out to achieve may never materialise.

The good news is that with SR Mercury (ME) conjunct SR Uranus (UR), you will be open to new ways of thinking, which may suddenly become most appealing. New information is likely flood in – overwhelming – using up lots of mental energy – so be sure to take frequent breaks. This is a good time to be reflective – meditation and/or spiritual practices aimed at managing stress will be helpful as would be finding a structured approach to processing all this new information.

All in all, it should be a pretty good year – just keep your head on your shoulders – as there will be a tendency to get lost. Look (carefully) before you leap! If things don’t look completely OK then step back – and take advice from trusted others – just be certain that you know who it is that you should trust. This will be a year of confusion – and, if you’re not careful, deception.

Karen Thorne, an astrologer who over many years has earned my highest regard, has advised that in order to find my ‘truth’, I need to look to all the squares and oppositions in my natal chart – because they represent energies that have been somehow squashed – yet they remain essential for me to be the best that I possibly can. There is no opportunity here to ‘fake it until I make it’ – this is my essence – this is what I am.

Libra

untitledFor example, my Mercury/Neptune/Saturn conjunction in Libra is square my nodal axis (Capricorn/Cancer). This means that my South Node (Cancer) represents energy with which it is easy for me to work (i.e. all things related to creating a safe and comfortable home). By contrast, my North Node in Capricorn requires me to build a solid/successful business or career in the outside world – a business/career that suits me and me, alone. I know that I’ve already done this once but now I must do it again – and believe me, it’s harder the second time.  At least I also know that because my Mercury/Neptune/Saturn in Libra are in square with the nodal axis, that whatever the energy that they represent must be be integrated for me to be successful.

In this regard, Karen has suggested that I look to Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs – concentrating on the best (positive) points about Libra and start doing them ASAP:Unknown

  • Librans are usually good natured and pleasant but they can also be sulky –don’t worry – soon enough they will return to being their usual adorable and charming selves.
  • Librans love people, but hate large crowds.
  • Librans are extremely intelligent.
  • Librans may love to talk – but they also make excellent listeners.
  • Librans may rush about for many months in frenzied activity – then suddenly stop – sit down – do very little (i.e. be lazy) for what may seem like a very long time – until they’ve recouped their energy and then they start all over again with that frenzied activity.
  • Librans are kind, gentle, and fair although they are prone to being argumentative, stubborn and indecisive.
  • Librans don’t really care which side of a good argument they take as long as it’s the ‘other side’. This is because they see both sides of that argument – and this can make him/her an excellent mediator.
  • Librans are good strategists (rational/logical minds).
  • Librans hate embarrassing displays of anger/passion.
  • Librans are both responsible and dependable.

Undoubtedly, all of the above is essential to my ‘truth’ – but I must somehow filter it through my Mercury/Neptune/Saturn.

According to Liz Greene, Saturn/Neptune is a 36-year cycle that has to do primarily with grounding (Saturn) spirituality (Neptune).

My becoming an astrological coach would seem to fit this bill. I’m a natural at mediation (seeing both sides of an argument), strategy,  and I’m a good listener. I love people (but not crowds) and I am fair. Promoting harmony both for myself and clients would be gratifying. But how can I avoid displays of anger/passion that are an essential part of being a coach? OK – that’s a challenge – but I can handle it. Although at times I can be lazy – taking time out to recoup – if I’m in charge of my own schedule, I can manage this better. Sounding good… but – yikes – is it what I really want to do? I don’t know. Do I have what it takes to build such a practice? I don’t even know how to get started…

Capricorn

Unknown-1OK – STOP – this is my Capricorn North Node stressing – it’s uncomfortable to move outside my (South Node) comfort zone –  Time to release all that’s negative – all that might be holding me back from attaining my North Node. Karen says I need now to look at what Ms Goodman has to say about the best bits of Capricorn:

  • Capricorn is persistent and determined – like in Aesop’s fable about the race between the tortoise and the hare – speed and agility is not what it takes  in order to win. Capricorn knows that and then some.
  • Capricorn is ambitious – serious and sensible – disciplined, too.  By focussing on  putting one foot in front of the other – Capricorn always wins.
  • Capricorn respects authority and tradition; over time, Capricorn becomes the face of authority and tradition. Capricorn is the master of time.
  • Capricorn organises, controls. Capricorn is strategic. Capricorn learns his lessons the hard way – but the point is that Capricorn does learn.
  • Capricorn has an innate sense of balance and harmony.
  • Capricorn hates emotional/passionate scenes.
  • Capricorn is both responsible and dependable.

Integration

I’m beginning to see a pattern here – aren’t you?

  • Balance & harmony
  • Responsible & dependable
  • Strategic
  • Don’t race forward – but do keep going.
  • Stubborn persistence wins the day.
  • Avoid messy emotions – not the least of which, my own.

Now the question comes – what am I to do with all this?

My goals is to ground spirituality in a way that contributes to building a (new) career and/or business – get strategic  – stop whinging and get moving – a determined, fair, sensible, and traditional approach will win the day – I will not accomplish this overnight – but in the end, I will prevail.

images-1With the Sun in Aries (action) and the Moon in Aquarius (progressive ideals/ideas), it’s going to be a Prince of Wands day.

The Prince of Wands is a fiery character; his youth and daring are readily apparent. Clearly, he is embarking on a journey of great importance. See how he radiates his passion? He’s a free & original thinker – inspired by his ideas of what might – someday – be.

But upon closer examination, something about this picture doesn’t look quite right – and I suspect that this because our prince is a bit too cocky, too quick on the draw. Undeniably, original thinking is a positive asset; it frees us from the status quo. On the other hand, if untampered by the practicalities of the situation, such thinking could well doom our plans to failure. Is this prince about to trip over his own feet in his race to the finish line? I fear that he might be…

On a Prince of Wands day, it is likely that we will learn an important lesson in regards to naïve assumptions of ‘good luck’ – just because we have a good idea doesn’t mean that we will – or even ought to try to – make it happen.

c588b6504745a6c0cc8e4bf470c60795Tomorrow the Moon shifts into Pisces – and the bright, shiny plans of today just might overnight melt into disillusioned dreams.

So, don’t be like Don Quixote in Cervantes’ famous tale and tilt at silly windmills.

Instead, stand back for a moment and take the perspective of the wiser, and more quietly self-confident Queen of Wands (Moon in Leo) – and ask yourself honestly if the proposed course of action will validate your true sense of self-expression. If it won’t, then don’t do it. Save your time and energy for those courses of action that will do.

SH has always believed her birth time to be 15:00.Unknown

Now, she has a new birth time (21:00) and this one has the advantage in that it was blest by her mother.

The key differences?

New Chart Ruler

UntitledThe chart ruler (ruler of the Ascendant or rising sign) is vitally important – it sets the underlying theme of your personality.

Originally, SH’s chart ruler was Mars (Scorpio rising) which is located in Cancer closely conjunct Uranus. Mars represents the ‘urge to action’ – aka – ‘the fighting spirit’ – it does best in Aries or Capricorn where actions taken become concrete and visible. But in Cancer, Mars is underwater and the urge to action now tends toward passive aggression and covert emotional manipulation.  Mars so close to Uranus adds a sense of rebellious individualism – impatience, intolerance, and let’s be honest, an explosive temper. If this Mars were SH’s chart ruler, it would colour people’s impression of SH as someone who is emotional, high-strung, restless, daring, and experimental.

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In her new chart, SH has Aquarius rising. This makes Saturn in Virgo her chart ruler. Saturn represents ambition – as well as the urge to consolidate, build, and assume (rightful) authority. SH’s Saturn is in Virgo conjunct the Moon and Venus. Although not in an ideal position, SH’s Saturn is in an earth sign where it can reasonably accomplish most of goals. In Virgo, Saturn is not only discriminating but practical – everything and everyone in its (natural) place. The problem is that  Saturn in Virgo often becomes anxious and frustrated as well as overly critical and harsh. Because Saturn is so close to the Moon, it could make SH too cautious as well as more prone to doom and gloom. Because Saturn is also so close to Venus, SH might well experience more than her fair share of disillusioned discontent and/or bitterness re: to her (romantic) relationships. She might also expect to suffer a generalised feeling of unhappiness and/or inability take pleasure from life.

Moon Changes Sign

Arguably, the Moon is the most important planet in that natal chart.

This is because we relate to life through our Moon – things, people, places, events simply will not exist for us unless we relate to them -i.e. to ‘connect with’ and become ‘conscious of’ them.

In her original chart, SH’s Moon was  in Leo – making her perhaps a bit lazy, bossy, and the constant centre of attention; Moon in Leo has a sense of presence and drama – people with this placement are proud, have a strong sense of personal integrity, and are not keen to follow orders. But with her Moon in Virgo, as we have seen SH will not be tend to be out-going – nor will she be prone to that sense of presence and drama; although Moon is Virgo is not necessarily shy, it does need space to call its own – a safe place into which it will retreat when things get too chaotic. Fundamentally, the Moon in Leo and the Moon in Virgo are completely different – they have little or nothing in common – Leo will seek the spotlight whilst Virgo finds security in the shadows where it seeks not only to be of service to self and others but also to worry about health and general well-being.

Changed Results of Predictive Techniques

In addition to natal proclivities  as noted above, of key importance is the ability to see how someone will fare throughout his/her entire life. In this regard, my favourite predictive favourite techniques – that will have changed as the result of a new birth time – are as follows:

  1. Directing by Triplicity – In the original chart, the current period of SH’s life would have been ruled by Saturn which, as we have seen, is reasonably well-placed even if prone to being too critical. In the original chart, Saturn conjuncts the Midheaven, which would have given SH a better than average chance to manifest her fondest ambitions. However, with the new chart, this phase of SH’s life is ruled by the Moon in Virgo which (because it is conjunct to Saturn) as we have seen is prone to gloom and doom, caution and oversensitivy to criticism.
  2. Secondary Progressions – With this technique, the Moon is key as it moves by progression (every 2 ½ years) through each sign of the zodiac – thus placing our lives into successively new prospectives. The progressed Moon is also about emotionally rearranging our personal relationships with others. With her original chart, SH’s progressed Moon would be in Aquarius, fixed air – where – no matter how hard it tries – it just cannot get comfortable. In Aquarius, SH about abrupt connections/disconnects – everyone and everything appears much too impersonal. With her new chart, SH’s progressed Moon has just entered Pisces where it feels lost, alone, and disillusioned. With this placement, SH’s Neptunian longing for a ‘better life’ is activated even whilst she feels particularly unable to do much to achieve it.
  3. Transits – The Moon and chart angles (Ascendant/Descendant & Midheaven/ IC) are the only key points that will have changed significantly in regards to impact from current transits. Using her original chart, SH would now have been experiencing Uranus transiting by trine to her Moon – known for mood swings as well as domestic upheavals – an overall positive experience – rather like a breath of fresh air. SH would also have soon experienced transiting Neptune trine her Ascendent – known to promote a softer relationship with the world.  Likewise with her original chart, in December 2017, SH would have experienced transiting Jupiter conjunct her Ascendant – a fortunate time of increased opportunity and optimism. Instead, with her new chart, SH will experience transiting Jupiter in square aspect to her Ascendant  later this year – marking a time when her entire life path may be redefined, sending her heading off in a new direction.