Astrology

Will the UK leave the EU on 29 March 2019?

 

Yes – expect a sharp, hard-nosed message to be delivered by the UK about sovereignty in regards to international trade and finance. The mood has changed in the UK from one of compromise and flexibility to an emotionally-fuelled power play that ends in a black hole.

 

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DETAILED ANALYSIS

  1. In mundane astrology, the 8th  house represents financial relationships that are important to partnerships and other 7th house affairs. Concerns regarding international finance as well as foreign investment in a nation fall to this house. The 8thhouse is also viewed as the house of national death, rebirth, and renewal.
  2. There is a complex and concentrated stellium of four planets in Capricorn (the UK is a Capricorn nation) in this 8th house. This is where the majority of the energy in this chart is focused and according to Troinski, a heavy concentration of 8th house planets is an indication of revolution, rebellion, and outright war.UK leave EU in March
  3. The planets involved, (Sun, Pluto, Mercury, and Saturn) support this interpretation with a sharp, critical, and hard-nosed (Saturn) message (Mercury) in regards to international finance and foreign investment (8th house) in conjunction with a powerful rebirth of a nation for selfish advantage (Sun/Pluto).
  4. Sun/Pluto further suggests that the underlying theme of this message is sovereignty and arrogance. There is also more than a hint that the UK government is over-estimating is own power to potentially dangerous consequences.
  5. In a horary chart the Moon functions as a general indicator of the situation describing the surrounding circumstances as well as the forward and backward movement of events:
    • The first aspect made by this moon (in Taurus) was a trine to Saturn. This suggests that in the past, the mood was favourable for repairing the UK’s relationship with the EU.
    • The next aspect made by this Moon was a trine to Mercury. This suggests that in regards to the legalities and mechanics of BREXIT as well as the political process surrounding it, the mood was one of  flexibility.
    • The last aspect made by the Moon was a trine to Pluto which is not traditionally considered in horary. Although it is tempting to suggest that it suggests that the UK government has had a recent change of heart and that the resolution of the matter has now become an emotionally driven power play.
    • The next aspect to be made by the Moon will be a trine to the Sun. This suggests the beginning of a new venture that seeks sovereign advancement.
    • The last aspect to be made by the Moon is a trine to the South Node. This suggests the end of the matter is akin to a black hole.
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Dream Weaver

Starting today (13 January), one of the major planetary aspects of 2019 gets underway when Jupiter and Neptune form an opportunistic square. Both are strong in their signs of rulership and so expect this square, in the hands of someone someone sensible, to yield extraordinary results.

DREAMS

Jupiter is big picture, an inspired optimistic vision for the future. Combined with Neptune, which brings magic, colour and soul into your life, this is the time to catch your dreams and make them happen.

If ever your dreams can manifest, it is now.

The trick, however, is not to go overboard.

Both Jupiter and Neptune share a taste for the boundless. Together, they are signature of the dreamer/visionary with a foolhardy naivety about the ‘real world’.

This is territory where usually, you’d be well advised not to tread but luckily, this time there’s a mitigating factor – Saturn.

Saturn is all about accomplishment, authority, responsibility – not to mention the ability to evaluate both you and your dreams realistically. When Saturn is in his own sign of rulership, Capricorn, he does his job extraordinary well.

The next bites of this juicy Jupiter/Neptune apple come on 16 June and 21 September. Saturn is doing a slow burn (with an enabling semi-sextile/sextile) throughout the entire time.

Obviously, this propitious period will effect each of you differently but if you have key planets in 14-18 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) you’re in for a treat.

Why not make the best of this time with different kind of astrology reading? Don’t you owe it to yourself to take this opportunity to weave your dreams?

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The Benefits of Magical Thinking

21 million Americans suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia or fear of Friday the 13th. Yet, according to a 2008 Dutch study, Friday the 13th is statistically safer than other Fridays because people either choose to stay at home or those that do venture out, take more care than usual.     

13Yesterday, I was privileged to attend a lecture at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum entitled The Natural Origins of Supernatural Thinking given by Professor Bruce Hood (Bristol University). Hood provided curious anecdotes such as that cited above in a very matter of fact way. As an experimental psychologist specialising in developmental cognitive neuroscience, his major research interests include discovering the cognitive processes behind adult magical thinking.

According to Hood, we humans are pretty much hard-wired to develop beliefs as a way to make sense of our world and these beliefs carry with them manifest consequences. We’re also hard-wired to impose structure and order in our lives by developing certain rituals around those beliefs (touch on wood) and one of the most intriguing involves what Hood calls sympathetic magic – or the belief in naturally occurring correspondences (or sympathies) between things such as food, colours, animals, gem stones, fabrics, plants, and days of the week. Imagine two violins. Sympathetic vibration occurs when two strings are tune to the same pitch. When one is plucked, the other sings out ‘in sympathy’.

The implications of Hood’s work for coaching are two-fold:

1.    When someone believes that she cannot do XYZ, then at least until she changes her belief, she probably can’t do. Likewise, if she believes that she can do ABC, then, it’s a pretty good bet that she will. One of the primary goals of coaching is to eliminate (or strengthen) such beliefs as needed and this is why a good coach focuses less on asking ‘why’ than ‘what’. For example, if I ask my client ‘why’ she feels so terrible, then in answering, she is only reinforcing her negative beliefs about herself. But in answering the question ‘what’ situations make her feel terrible and what do they share in common, she has a genuine opportunity to examine the origin and triggers of her beliefs.

2.    Let’s face it, change is hard work. If it weren’t then New Year resolutions would stand a better chance of success. But if my client creates a ritual or talisman that can rely upon in times of stress to remind her of the changes she’s chosen to make, she’s in a stronger position. Even better, if her chosen rituals and talismans are in line with long-accepted sympathies, she might accomplish even more. For example, if she has an important meeting or interview set for Thursday, she might tap into the ‘luck’ traditionally associated with Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Thursday. Choosing to wear a royal blue dress or suit or maybe a piece of lapis lazuli, turquoise, or amethyst jewellery reminds her of this ‘luck and who knows but that this might give her little extra boost.

Certainly Professor Hood would not be surprised if it did.

In his book Supersense: From Superstition to Religion – The Brain Science of Belief, Professor Hood reminds us that Tony Blair always wore the same pair of shoes when answering Prime Minister’s Questions and that John McEnroe notoriously refused to step on the white lines of the tennis court between points. He also reminds us that President Barack Obama played a game of basketball the morning of his victory in the Iowa primary and continued the ‘tradition’ the day of every following primary.

Let’s face it, most are us are more into magical thinking than we might like to admit and according to both Hood and those Dutch researchers, this is probably not such a bad thing.

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New Moon in Sagittarius – will your ship ever come in?

During the two weeks following a New Moon, everything grows more quickly including your hair, so I’m told. This makes this new moon (7 December at 7:22 AM GMT) in Sagittarius the perfect time to start new projects and set out on new adventures.

SHIP

Of course, this does guarantee that if even if you do, things will turn out as planned. Not all opportunities are created equal.

On the other hand, if you’re always standing around the harbour waiting for the moment that your ship will come in, then you’ll miss out on lots of opportunities elsewhere. I mean, unbeknownst to you, that ship for which you’ve been so patiently waiting, might have already sunk half-way around the world from you.

During this particular New Moon, it’s worth keeping in mind that old proverb:

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

 

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Mercury Station in Scorpio – Take back your power

You may recall that a few weeks ago, on 29 October, Mercury entered Sagittarius where during his 8-week stay in that sign, the advice was that honesty is the best policy.

But on 17 November, Mercury turned retrograde – in essence he appears to be back-pedalling through the sky. During the three weeks he is retrograde, the advice was that you would do well to reconsider your plans.

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Now, on 6th December Mercury will turn direct again and carry on through Sagittarius but before he does, he slips back into Scorpio one last time. Whenever any planet (moving backwards or forwards) changes zodiac signs, you can expect a few readjustments. This time, as is sometimes the case, when Mercury changes signs he ‘stations’ – which means that it appears that for a few days Mercury stands still in the sky. This puts the sign and degree of his station into intense focus.

The advice is that during the period of this Mercury station (4-9 December 2018), you are in the unique position of being able to reclaim something that ‘belongs’ to you regardless how or why you initially lost it.

During this period, take back your power and feel perfectly at home in doing so.

The only warning here is that you must remember that power should always be embraced with honest humility and gratitude.

This is not a time for ego-plays.

 

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Venus in Scorpio – trust no one

On 9 September 2018, Venus left Libra and entered Scorpio. The predictions were that romance would be more satisfying albeit, stormier. But then in mid-October, Venus dipped back into Libra again and from then until now, relationships should have been back on a more even keel.

Now, from 2 December 2018 until early 2019, we’re facing that steamy stuff again but contrary to what the astrology columns in magazines and newspapers would have you believe, we’ll all deal with it differently.

venus in scorpioFor most, passionate experiences and encounters may well be unforgettable but perhaps, not quite for same reasons.

Venus in Scorpio is where love and magic wed and when the magic is good, it can be healing for everyone. But when the magic is bad, passionate encounters could become nasty if not downright sadistic.

This is because in Scorpio, Venus doesn’t do anything in half-measures; she approaches everything that she wants – sex and money and gender politics – very seriously. At all costs, she intends to win her game.

One Scorpio friend told me that she’d die for her passions and I believe her. However, having a good dose of Gemini in my own natal, or birth chart, if I were to come up against an all-consuming passion such as my Scorpion friend fancies, I’d run in the opposite direction. The truth is that we all address our passions in different ways and with Venus in Scorpio, this could get messy because it’s inevitable that we’ll all not agree.

In order to come through this period in one piece, when it comes to passions, trust no one, not even yourself. Question everything, rationally.

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BREXIT- the cold, hard future reality

Will BREXIT happen as proposed by Theresa May and her government?

  • Probably not and after much subterfuge and confusion, it’s likely to be a ‘hard’ (difficult and isolationist) BREXIT.
  • This is likely to be the result of a court decision(s) and severely at odds with popular opinion.

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ANALYSIS:

Cap ingress 2018Mundane astrologers often construct ingress charts for each of the four annual quarters in order to assess where a nation-state is headed for that quarter. This chart is drawn the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn on 21 December 2018 and should take us through until March 2019 when the Sun moves into Aries.

One of the major concerns facing the UK during this upcoming period is BREXIT. How is this likely to fare?

What the chart tells us:

  1. Uranus (at 28 Aries 43) is at the ‘bending’ of the nodal axis (28 Capricorn/Cancer). Typically, planets in such a position function as a ‘point of release’ in the sense that things manifest in the outer world. In mundane astrology, Uranus is linked to revolutions, innovation, and break-down of order and here, Uranus is found in the 9th house, which is linked to the legal system. Because this is what’s on course to manifest, it’s entirely possible that a court of law will seriously upset the UK government’s current BREXIT plans in a way that brings collapse to order and stability.
  2. For how this might work, we might look to Mercury which, because Virgo is rising, is the chart ruler. Mercury symbolises both trade and commerce and the press. In this chart, Mercury is tightly conjunct to Jupiter also dealing with the legal system. Jupiter (the courts) is very strong in Sagittarius, the sign ruled by Jupiter. This Mercury/Jupiter conjunction is placed close (within one degree) to the IC/MC axis (i.e. the prime minster/leader vs. the common people). This reinforces the idea that the courts are stronger than the government during the this period in regards to trade and commerce and whatever is likely to manifest in this arena, will do so as the result of the judicial system.
  3. Taking this one step further, we find the Moon (in Gemini – a sign ruled by Mercury) high in the sky in the 10th house– where, if Mrs May and her government were on course for success we would expect to find the Sun. In mundane astrology the Moon symbolises the masses – the common people. In any mundane chart, the Moon speaks to the heart of the matter – popular opinion and mass ideology. This suggests the British people are very likely to ‘speak again’ and this time, the message they deliver is likely to be very different from before but will it matter?
  4. This Moon is linked loosely by square aspect (i.e. manifestation, testing, crisis) to a Mars/Neptune conjunction in the 7th house (Neptune being very powerful in Pisces, the sign in rules and tight with the chart’s angles). The 7th house rules foreign relations and agreements and with Mars/Neptune and here, we can expect subversion and confusion.biwheel
  5. Looking at how the 2018 ingress chart fits in with the chart of when the UK joined the EU back in 1973, we find the ingress Saturn not only conjunct the IC (4thhouse cusp = the common people/the homeland) but also the 1973 Sun (i.e., the EU itself). In mundane astrology, Saturn seeks social order in a disciplinarian, intolerant, and extremist way. Saturn tends to be protectionist and isolationist and builds walls rather than bridges. Put 2018 Saturn together with the 1973 Sun and we’ve got a difficult separation.
  6. Finally, because the 2018 Moon (the common people) is conjunct the 1973 Saturn, this BREXIT will likely be at odds with the popular opinion of the British people. They may have spoken, but the matter was no longer in their hands. The Moon combined with Saturn is lonely and sad, suggesting separation resulting from the traditions of the ‘father-land’. Keywords for Moon/Saturn include disadvantage, depression, worries, isolation, and estrangement/separation.
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Full Moon in Gemini – stay cool & detached!

Each month, the full moon is an intense period for everyone. If in doubt, consider the origins and meaning of words like lunacyloony, and lunatic. During any full moon, you need to take more care than usual, especially with regards to your emotions least they take you someplace you don’t want to go.

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The full moon is also a time of harvest – reap what you sowed at the last new moon. On 23 November (5:40 AM GMT), this Full Moon in Gemini will be the perfect time to sit back and calmly observe what’s going on around you. Look for clues that you might previously have missed. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be particularly clairvoyant or intuitive, by the light of this full moon you’ll be able to gain valuable insight and you might well be awfully surprised about that which you find.

Whatever happens, remain cool and detached.

Remember, if in this period of lunacy, you need drive more carefully and keep a lid on your emotions, then other people should do the same. But chances are good that most of them won’t so watch from the sidelines, take careful notes, and for the time being, don’t get involved.

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Follow your Inspiration

On 22 November, the Sun enters Sagittarius where he will remain for a month.

This period will enjoy an excess of everything, most importantly optimism, expectations, and enthusiasm.

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Now is the time to follow your inspiration – if you truly believe that you can make the world better a better place then go for it. Inner strength is at an all-time high and you can expect the fruits of your labours to be both bountiful and tangible – especially if you remain disciplined, organised, and pay attention to detail.

  • Beware, however, that this may be more difficult than usual – not the least because at the moment, the world is flush with potential.
  • Often, with this energy, there’s a temptation to sit back laze away the days – but, honestly, that would be a mistake.
  • Remember Aesop’s Fable about the grasshopper who spent the summer singing whilst the ant worked hard to store up food for the coming winter? Months later, when the starving grasshopper begs the ant for food, he’s refused. The moral of the story is to make hay while the sun shines because winter is coming and, of course, it is.

If ever there was a time for potential to become reality, it’s whilst the Sun is in Sagittarius.

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When’s your Mid Life Crisis?

Astrologically, the timing of your mid-life crisis is about as predictable as it gets. After all, they’re generational transits and you’ll share them with many others.

But how each of you choose to handle this time differs widely. Some view it as a profound opportunity while others see it as a terrible loss and some, well they don’t know what to make of it at all.

There are three different (although possibly overlapping) transits involved during this period and each of them lasts approximately 2-3 years.

For most of us, the (1) Pluto square Pluto comes first followed by the (2) Neptune square Neptune. That saves the most potentially exciting one, (3) Uranus opposition Uranus, to come last.

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This is where coaching comes in.

Here’s how it boils down for calendar years 2018-2020:

BORN in YEARS TRANSIT DESCRIPTION

Prior to 1974

Finished

Congratulations – other transits will come along to challenge the progress you’ve made to date but you’ve got some valuable experience under your belt.

1974 -1977

Uranus Opposition Uranus

If you’re up for change this could be a very good time. Expect the unexpected. You might go on a short holiday to some exotic, foreign land and end up staying forever. Opportunities abound. They come out of the blue and unless you’ve got other things going on in your chart, the advice is that if it sounds good, grab it!

If you’re not so keen on change this may prove to be a challenging period. You still should expect the unexpected but it might feel more like a crisis than a blessing.  You also still may end up in a place other than you’d expected but the road getting there may be rather bumpy.

Any way that you choose to look at it, this transit forces you to evaluate (or re-evaluate) the choices you’ve made to date.

 

1975 – 1980

Neptune Square Neptune

This is the ‘oh my God, I’m so unhappy’ transit – everything is one big soppy mess. Confusion reigns. Deceit is rife (yours as well as others). What you see is definitely not what you’ll get.

This is the dark night of the soul. Fantasies and day dreams abound but don’t be surprised when they fail to materialise.

If during this period, it sounds too good to be true, then it’s probably is. Face up to it –  that ‘perfect’ job, lover, house, or whatever – does not and will never exist.

Look deeper, inward, to find personal meaning.

1979 – 1981

Pluto Square Pluto

This is the ‘past its sell-by date‘ transit. Whatever is no longer serving you will  disappear from your life  – be it a marriage or a job or even a beloved pet.  It’s hard to understand why this is happening to you – especially now – yet why is the most important question that you could ask.

Your choice is whether or not to gracefully let go but I can say from personal experience that if you choose to hang on for dear life (which so many of us do) then you might make yourself very ill.

This transit brings to the fore that which is grumbling inside you,  especially when you’ve not consciously acknowledged it. You’re frustrated and unhappy with the status quo and something must – and will –  go.

This is deep, dark, primal stuff seeping out through the cracks and so don’t be surprised when you get a glimpse of the more unpleasant sides of yourself and/or others.

This transit will not last forever. Hold on. Eventually, you’ll see there’s light at the end of this tunnel.

 

After 1981

You’ve got something for which to look forward.

You may want to consider advance strategies to handle these transits. You might save yourself a good deal of grief if you do. Being caught off guard leaves you on the proverbial back foot, not a pleasant place to be under such circumstances.

 

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