Happy Birthday Ms N!

Happy Birthday Ms N !
The 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.

nan SR 2017The 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.

Finding Your Astrological Truth – it’s easier than you think!

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.

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Libra

For 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.

Today is a Prince of Wands Day – please, think before you take that leap…

With 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.

A New Birth Time?

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

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.

UnknownIn 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.

 

Happy Birthday – Solar Return for Ms X

Happy Birthday Ms X!!

tam SRThe Solar Return (SR) is an astrological map for the next 12 months and the Sun (SO) is the most significant planet in the SR chart – it’s position indicating where you’ll spend the most time and energy. With SO in your SR 4th house, your focus for the next 12 months will be on your home. With this placement, it’s not uncommon for ‘home’ (however defined) to become somehow unsuitable. Expect downsizing, upsizing, improvements – or even an unanticipated and perhaps hasty sale?

Neptune (NE) is also in your 4th SR house. This adds an element of uncertainty and perhaps, sacrifice to your home. Expect delays and confusion. Possibly, either you or your husband will take a new job in a distant location. Other possibilities include your parents and/or children coming back to live with you – whatever happens, try to take any disruption with a pinch of salt. Your SR Moon (MO) is in a tight (trine) aspect with your SR SO suggesting that domestic responsibilities could stir up a strong emotional response – unpleasant or not  isn’t yet known. What is known, however, is that because your SR MO is in the 1st house, your emotions may feel overwhelming – focus on your own emotional needs as opposed to capitulating to those of others.

Your SR SO is also in a very tight Square (SQ) – i.e. difficult – aspect with Saturn (SA). Because SA is in your 2nd SR house, developments regarding your home will likely be the result of money issues. SA is often experienced not only as uncomfortable but also as unfair – almost as if fate is at work against you. But in reality, SA is only asking that you accept responsibility for your situation. If you need to make do with a less, then do so but don’t let this negatively impact your feelings of self-worth.

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SR Venus (VE) is conjunct your SR Mercury (ME) and together, they’re in your SR 5th house. You’re set for very creative – especially re: writing and other forms of communication – this will also be a year during which you will gain more confidence in your creative endeavours. This next 12-month period is an excellent time to launch creative new ideas because the reception you’ll receive from the outside world will likely not only bring you a great deal of pleasure but also money. Because SR Uranus (UR) is also in your 5th house, opportunities that come your way will likely be quirky and/or very unexpected– follow the flow – and the more diplomatically you negotiate  a particular deal, the more likely you are to get what you want. With SR UR also in the 5th house, it’s important that you express yourself freely and uniquely in regards to your creative endeavours. Because UR is TR SA, you may find those blockages that held you back in the past are now falling by the wayside.

Time for Ms K to consolidate Saturn

Transiting Pluto (19 Capricorn) continues to hammer Ms K’s natal Mars (18 Cancer).

Worse, her natal Saturn (14 Capricorn) is involved. It’s through Saturn that Ms K will find the strength and wisdom to get through life and with her strong Saturn (in ruler-ship and plugged into the angles) that should be fairly easy. But even the strongest Saturn will struggle with a transit from Pluto, astrologically the biggest bully on the block. Transiting Pluto conjunct natal Saturn is a once-and-a lifetime experience (not even everyone will have it) – a frustrating period of creative destruction making way for new beginnings.

Earlier, I posted about the Gateways of the Soul – the Seven Seals or Planets – insights gained at a fabulous astrology retreat in Glastonbury. Bottom line, while there are seven seals or chakras to attain most of us remain stuck in either Saturn, Jupiter, or Mars. From what I understand of her situation, it’s likely that Ms K is currently working to consolidate Saturn.

Those living primarily in the Saturn chakra are easy to spot because they have not yet found a career that works for them; at some level they still struggle with money and earning a decent living. This is not to say that Ms K hasn’t accomplished anything of value to date; she’s been a successful wife and mother. But Ms K is the first to admit that she’s now come to a place where she feels she needs to make choices for HER future – and with her North Node in Virgo, this will have something to do with being ‘in service’ to others which in turn requires honing a skill by which she can gain a strong sense of self and appreciation.images

As yet, Ms K has not honed in on that skill – that career path that will work for her. Indeed, at the moment, she has little ,if any, idea of what this might entail. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to enlist the help of Jupiter – the key to consolidating and moving past Saturn.

Jupiter asks Ms K to develop a personal philosophy –  i.e. gain insight and understanding as to how she creates success in her life – I recommend that she finds a good counsellor or coach – someone who will help her identify what it is that she most desires to achieve in her career and then to evaluate her strengths and weaknesses in this respect.

UnknownAstrologically, we know that Ms K’s Jupiter in Capricorn gives her excellent organisational skills. She will attract fortune (Jupiter) into her life when she takes a disciplined, committed approach. Ms K will be at her best when she is self-reliant. She will be most confident when taking honest authority over others. She might choose to develop counselling and/or management skills in an area than requires structure and respects tradition. She might become  a PA (Personal Assistant) to an business executive or political leader. She might even consider a teaching career; Jupiter loves to share knowledge and experience. With both Jupiter and Saturn in her 2nd house, Ms K might also consider a career in finance – perhaps counselling others on how to restructure their mortgages and/or personal debt.

Luckily, transiting Pluto eases off her natal Mars/Saturn in the autumn of 2018. Then, at least, she’ll be able to get past her current anger and frustration. Also lucky is that in early 2018, transiting Saturn will conjunct her natal Jupiter. This will open up new opportunities – not the least because she will finally be ready to receive them. It is during 2018 that Ms K will have a chance to find a suitable outlet through which to channel her newly found ambition and because both her Saturn and Jupiter are in her 2nd house , this should allow her to both develop a strong sense of personal worth as well as making a good living.

Gateways of the Soul – The Seven Seals or Planets

Incarnation is a lifetime process during which my soul travels downwards through the chakras from the Sun to Saturn and back up again:

  • Down: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
  • Up: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus, Mercury, and Sun.

I engage (or not) with this process with every thought, decision, and action that I take.

Whilst it is a given that I will arrive at Saturn ( first Saturn return = aged 29.5 years), it is less certain how far I’ll go on my return journey. Indeed, the round-trip may take several lifetimes; there’s little doubt that I’ll get stuck along the way.

The Saturn Chakra represents the material world. Here I’m tested as to whether I can manage life at its most basic level. Those stuck here have not yet managed to make enough of a living by which to get by.

images-1To consolidate Saturn, I look to Jupiter –  a chosen career and/or life path. Jupiter is the place of  philosophy, the guru and/or the guide. Jupiter is also place of the lawyer – i.e. one who masters the laws of Saturn; many lawyers (like me) get stuck in the Jupiter chakra, so pleased are we with such mastery.

To consolidate Jupiter, I determine what brings meaning to my life and then master the skills by which to achieve it. Sadly, book learning is never enough. Instead I must resist thinking too much and instead get in touch with my feelings. Never fear, however, because by the time I’m working on Jupiter I’ll have a few Jupiter returns (i.e. 12-year cycle) under my belt.

For help with Jupiter, I look to Mars – the planet of engagement and commitment. Now I must tie the knot; devote myself to my chosen life path and /or settle down to (a happy) marriage. Sounds easy – but in reality it’s a huge jump from intellectual Jupiter to the intuitive nature of Mars. Worse, even though I’ve committed to both my life path and spouse, I must relate to both with a clear, open mind –a complete acceptance of my chosen situation. I assure you that this is difficult. For help, I look to the next chakra, Earth.53e

The purpose of incarnation is what is known in esoteric circles, as to ‘gain the earth’ – i.e. to master the external world; the buck stops here, so to speak. This is not accomplished with arrogance and egoism  but instead with confidence and contentment. The Earth chakra = the heart of spiritual meaning and balance = the best that I can hope to achieve during incarnation. I assure you that I have not achieved this – I may have glimpsed it through spiritual teachers, but I have not managed grasp it for myself. Luckily I’m in good company. Most of us will remain stuck in either Saturn, Jupiter, or Mars.

To achieve/stabilise the Earth, I would look to Venus, which is the first of the ‘inner’ chakras. There is no way to materially grasp what Venus represents – it is an inner reality –  nothing less than being able to love everything and everybody, regardless. From what I’ve read, (Astrology of the HeartAstro-Shamanism by Michael Erlewine), I can aspire to Venus through Mercury, i.e. cosmic consciousness.

The Sun, centre of all, is more than a planet or chakra. It is the source of all creation – as it says in the Prologue to the Gospel of John:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This one was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and apart from him not one thing came into being that has come into being. In him was life, and the life was the light of humanity. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

 

The Moon & Healing Fictions

Each and every ‘story’ that you relate is a ‘fiction’ – at least in the sense that it is your interpretation of your experience of an external event or series of events.

unknownAccording to James Hillman (Healing Fiction), coming to grips with this process of fiction-making is healing. Not only does it promote self-acceptance but also self-understanding. This in turn gives you the chance to assert conscious control over your affairs. Take this opportunity! Pay attention. This is soul making.

Astrologically, your Moon is the key to this process. In the Neoplatonist cosmos, the Moon stands at the gateway of your psyche and the material world. Thus your Moon not only mediates between events, experiences, and the meaning that you give them, but it also gives you a wealth of information about the archetypes, symbols, and metaphors that inform your (inner) world.

For example, my Moon is in Gemini. My stories – or ‘fictions’ – must be light and lively. It’s only to be expected that I will embellish and embroider the facts to make it so. If there were to be dark and/or seriously scary bits,  I’ll be obliged to ignore them. It’s a given that to the extent difficult emotions are involved, I’ll avoid them like the plague.

However, if my Moon were in Scorpio, the scary bits and difficult emotions would be just my cup of tea; they could even dominate my story. If my Moon were in Capricorn, my story could take on a paternalistic, moralising tone – don’t do that again, else bad things will happen. With Moon in Pisces, my story would centre on my (confused) emotional response to the events. But with Moon in Leo my story would centre on what most flatters me.images

Not only does your Moon’s sign effect your fiction-making but also its house placement. My Moon is in the 12th house. When I sense rejection or criticism, I clam up and slip away. By contrast, if my Moon were in the 1st house, I would be so self-focused  that I wouldn’t even care if you were listening; my overwhelming need is to dominate the situation.

Finally, the aspects your Moon makes to other planets in your chart necessarily also colour your perception. For example, I have Moon square (hard aspect) to Mars. My fiction-making is often peppered with anecdotes belying my anger and frustration. Everything that I experience isn’t quite right’ – if only, if only? But if my Moon were, say, in an easy aspect (trine or sextile) with Jupiter, my story would be warmly optimistic; my default perception is that all is ‘right with the world’. But if my Moon were in a difficult aspect (square or opposition) to Jupiter, my story would be wildly unrealistic; my default perception would be that when it comes to luck, I always draw the short straw.

images-1Now, after paying close attention to my own stories, I’m more aware of how -without conscious intervention – I’m most likely to experience any event. Say, for example, that I have an argument with my husband. With my Gemini Moon, I will automatically avoid difficult emotions. With his Scorpio Moon, my husband will automatically interpret this as purposefully ignoring his feelings. The moment he expresses criticism in this regard, I will clam up and slip away. With his Moon in his 5th house, mu husband might well take pleasure in this result. This leaves me to fuss and fume (anger/frustration) in private. But if I can accept that regardless of how I’d like to perceive the event, difficult emotions are integral and inevitable. Now, at least I am able to acknowledge this emotions exist thus allowing my husband to feel that at last, he’s been heard. Hopefully, this will circumvent the rest of what was once inevitable and instead of fussing and fuming, I can finally take some pride in my accomplishments.

Working with Your Lunar Nodes

unknownThe nodes are oft associated with karma and reincarnation – the South Node representing what you’ve accomplished in past lives (both good and bad) and the North Node representing what you are meant to accomplish during your present incarnation. But even if you don’t believe in karma or reincarnation, you can still benefit from working with your nodes.

Consider that the South Node represents energy with which it’s easy for you to work while the North Node represents not just challenges but also opportunities to develop new skills, attitudes, and perspectives.

In my chart, the (mean) nodal axis is Capricorn/Cancer suggesting that while I can easily handle domestic situations (family, home, and all things Cancerian), I’m challenged when it comes to my worldly ambitions.untitled

Despite my apparently ‘successful’ 30 plus year career in international tax law, I can assure you that I have been challenged – each and every step that I took along my career path was painful, not the least because such a path was unusual (if not actively discouraged) for women of my generation. This was brought home to me in spades when, about 25 years ago, I found myself working for a female tax partner in the Netherlands whose nodal axis was exactly opposite mine (this will always be the case with people born 9 years – or multiples of 9 years apart). She was the epitome of what I knew that I was meant to be. But as she pushed me along the same path that she’d taken, I realised that I didn’t really have the heart or courage to be what she’d become. I blamed her but in reality, it wasn’t her fault. Never forget that your nodes are just waiting for someone to activate them.

unknownWith North Node in Capricorn, my task is to build a separate life, business, and/or career that is mine, and mine alone. I am meant to toughen up – become an elder – a ‘wise’ one – develop a savvy attitude vis a vis the outside world. I must move out of my comfort zone (South Node) and go for the adventure (North Node). In this regard, my Sun in Libra and my Moon in Gemini (nodes are by their very nature intimately connect with the Sun and Moon) can help me and they did (Sun in Libra = justice/diplomacy and Moon in Gemini = education/communication – all good stuff for a lawyer).

But even more important is my Saturn in Libra, which because it is in square aspect to my nodal axis is that extra piece of important information with which I must come to terms on my journey from Cancer to Capricorn. Because of the square to the nodal axis, my Saturn also has the responsibility of distributing my time and energy between the nodes. Never forget that although you’re supposed to ‘do’ your North Node, you still have your South Node to fall back on; think of it as a  place of temporary retreat.

Unfortunately, I’m still coming to terms with how my Saturn in Libra is trying to help me. I hoped that with my second Saturn return (aged 59) I’d finally figure it out. I was disappointed. The only thing that I learned during that time was that I no longer had any enthusiasm to pursue ‘worldly ambitions’ – at least in regards to my career in international tax law. Saturn slows us down and makes us take a cold hard look at the realities we’ve built in our lives. I saw only that it was going to be a long, hard slog to retirement when at last, I would be free to follow my real passion, astrology. Now that retirement has finally arrived, it remains for me to get back in touch again with my North Node and set up my new business, whatever form it will take.

The Future of Ms P’s Unconventional Marriage

Out of the blue, Ms P has announced her intention marry another woman in June of this year.

Her family have asked whether this ‘unconventional’ marriage is in Ms P’s best interest?

SUMMARY – In the shorter term, perhaps not – at least in the sense that for the next couple of years, this relationship is likely to be a source of considerable tension for Ms P both domestically and economically. However, if Ms P rises to the occasion during her upcoming Saturn return and addresses her priorities in a realistic and adult manner, she has the opportunity to redefine her life in such a way that will be supportive both of her own future as well as that of her unconventional marriage.

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transitsANALYSIS – Undoubtedly Ms P is a clever lass. She has a quick mind and is highly intuitive (natal Mercury in Gemini in opposition to Uranus). Even though her flashes of brilliance might be interspersed with periods of dreaminess and/or, to be frank, just plain laziness, at the end of the day, Ms P is generally a sensible person.

The problem is that when it comes to love – Ms P is NOT always sensible.

With her Moon (Pisces) conjunct Mars, on all matters emotional Ms P has the tendency to be hot-blooded, easily excitable and self-absorbed. Not only that, but Ms P has an inherent need to break relationship ‘rules’ just for show (natal Venus opposition Uranus). At a minimum, because she has such a pressing need to remain spontaneous and ‘free’, her relationships will have tended to be ‘off and on’, characterised by abrupt beginnings and endings.

A more serious problem, however, is her Mars in Pisces. As the agent for action and drive,  Mars should actively assert itself to get what it wants/needs. But in Pisces, Mars can rarely – if ever – do that. Instead, Mars in Pisces seethes in silence while on the surface it ‘goes with the flow’. This leaves Ms P often feeling not only frustrated, but also guilty. With Pluto trine her Mars, however, Ms does eventually get what she wants. Mars trine Pluto is not only highly strategic but also perfectly happy out-waiting and outwitting others. The only problem is that with this aspect, covert manipulation runs both ways.

RE: her upcoming marriage, Ms P’s immediate future is challenging:2016-sr

  • Her solar return (SR) for 2016/17 features Mercury (1st house) opposition Mars (7th house) suggesting at best, a clouded understanding of her real situation. Not only that but with her SR Sun conjunct SR Venus in the 2nd house opposing her SR Saturn in the 8th, she can expect testing times regarding shared finances/debts as well as perhaps even problems with an inheritance. SR Moon (3rd house) sextile SR Uranus (12th house) suggests ‘mixed messages’ and/or even perhaps that she is ‘of two minds’ in regards to her upcoming marriage.
  • Solar return (SR) 2017/18 doesn’t look much better. Although SR Sun (11th house) trine SR Jupiter (4th house) indicates a happy expansion of Ms P’s future hopes and dreams, that SR Jupiter is in difficult quincunx aspect to Neptune (9th house)– suggesting her hopes/dreams regarding her domestic situation (4th house) is out of sync with reality. Finally, her SR Venus conjunct SR Uranus in her very public 10th house suggests that in large part, she will in large part define herself by her unconventional marriage.2017-sr

RE: in the longer term – we can only hope that Ms P will take advantage of her first Saturn return during 2017-18 to consolidate her life in a way that allows for her new relationship to flourish. Saturn is all about what we are building in our lives and this first Saturn return is a big test as to whether what she’s building will fly in the real  world.

  • Earlier in 2017, prior to her Saturn, Ms P will undergo transiting Saturn (1) in opposition to her Venus (relationship tested and finances under stress) and (2) in opposition to her Mercury (feeling pessimistic and misunderstood). During this time (May – Nov 2017), these two transits will highlight Ms P’s unrealistic plans re: relationship, finances, and all forms of communication.41wejl7knl-_sy344_bo1204203200_
  • Also prior to her Saturn return,  Ms P will undergo transiting Jupiter square her Ascendant – during which time both her career and her new family will highlight new pressures that she won’t have expected.
  • However uncomfortable, these three transits are good preparation for that upcoming Saturn return – which, because it falls in her 6th house, suggests that Ms P must not only rearrange her priorities but also better organise both her time and energy else health issues could well become a problem in the future. Luckily, because Ms P’s natal Moon is sextile Saturn, if she puts her mind to it she should have no real trouble becoming more orderly, disciplined, and grounded in a way that well supports her emotional attachments.