The Curious Case of Ms C (continued) & Her Fiery Mars

VenusLeoThings are heating up between Ms C and the certain Mr A (the subject of the prior post) and from what I’ve heard, she probably thinks that she’s winning in regards to her ‘man-eater’ role.

Let’s see what several predictive astrological techniques (birth time unknown, noon chart used) have to say:

Summary – If Ms C is to achieve her objectives during 2016-17, she needs to keep a cool head –learn to negotiate nicely, compromise, suggest win-win strategies. But this is going to be difficult, not the least because at the moment, she’s more prone that usual to be ‘hot-heated’ in order to express her ego desires. Ms C is being called upon to act responsibly during this period and if she’s unable to do so, she’s likely to find herself displaced and lonely; changes in job, home, and/or emotional relationships are indicated.



Firdaria is a classical technique rather like the Dash periods in Hindu astrology. It assigns periods of our lives to various planets in keeping with the Chaldean order of the planets.

Ms CMs C is currently in her Saturn/Mars Firdaria and in her natal chart, her Saturn (28 Gemini 12) is in reasonably good shape – in its own terms, and not damaged. According to the Liber Hermetis, ‘this person is conscious of hidden matters or secrets’ and ‘will work toward their own success, be self-motivated, and be happy.’

So far, so good.

All this success and self-motivation is funneled through her Mars at 16 Aries which, in its sign of ruler ship, is amazingly strong. According to the Liber Hermetis, she not only will she be ‘skilled’ and ‘daring’, but she will ‘complete quickly’ what she undertakes. But because her Mars is in the terms of Mercury, she will be ‘hot-headed’ and her ‘reason is clouded’.

  • SATURN : 2013
    • Saturn/Jupiter – February 10, 2015
    • Saturn/Mars – September 6, 2016
    • Saturn/Sun – April 3, 2018
    • Saturn/Venus – October 29, 2019
    • Saturn/Mercury – May 25, 2021
    • Saturn/Moon – December 20, 2022



Solar Return (2016-17)


The SR (Solar Return) Sun is the most important planet in the SR chart and shows where Ms C will expend most of her energy during the upcoming year. With SR Sun in a tight square aspect to Mars, Ms C will not only need to balance self-centered ego drives with the needs of others, but also deal with much conflict and anger. If she’s able to do this, she might achieve the objectives as suggested by her Saturn/Mars Firdaria. If she’s not, however, she might find herself squashed between a rock and a hard C solar return

Her SR Sun is also in tight square aspect to SR Uranus, the planet of ‘all change’. This suggests that while she desires significant change in her life, most likely she won’t get it – or at least not in the way that she wants it. With such an aspect, issues involving freedom vs. restriction are common.


The SR Moon indicates the emotional focus of Ms C for the upcoming year, and with SR Moon conjunct SR Saturn, suggests significant emotional strain most likely in regards to those restrictions. Ms C is being called upon to act responsibly during this time but this may not always be easy not the least because she may be feeling very lonely, unable to rely on the help of others.

Her SR Moon is also square SR Uranus and this suggests (domestic) disruption. At the very least she can expect a significant break in her daily routine and habits and at worst, a period of separation, if not a complete break, from those with whom she shares strong emotional bonds.

With her SR Moon also square the current Jupiter/Neptune opposition, she might expect to face blockage in the realization of her fondest hopes and dreams – and indeed it is quite possible this will so greatly her emotional balance, that she will need to reassess her approach.


Because Ms C’s SR Venus is conjunct SR Mercury, she has an excellent opportunity to develop and/or perfect excellent negotiation skills – to develop a soft and winning style not only to express her needs but also getting what she wants. If she can learn the fine art of compromise, she can create win/win situations and this would go far to achieving her goals (SR Venus trine SR Saturn).

The (Continuing) Troubles of a Certain Mr A and his Solar Return for 2016-17

The saga of Mr A continues concerning a fiery relationship forged during 2010-2012 which, according to his Firdaria, in late 2016-17 has real potential not only to lead to violent situations, but also to destroy all that he has achieved in life (and more).

Let’s see what his 2016-17 Solar Return chart has to say  – (no birth time so house placement is not accurate hence it is impossible to determine which areas of the life will be most affected) :

Mr A solar return

Summary – a challenging year full of angry thoughts and communications as well as emotional blackmail that is likely result in a divorce or separation, reduced finances, and an an unpleasant, emotional wake-up call. This is not to say that this change of circumstances will be unwelcome. Although getting through the year will be frustrating, if Mr A can accept that he, and he alone, is responsible for the situation in which he finds himself and resists the temptation to ‘go off the rails’ (so to speak), this could all work out for the better in the long run – but only if he avoids loosing self-control.


SR (Solar Return) Sun is the most important planet in the SR chart and shows where Mr A will expend the greatest amount of energy in during the year. SR Neptune conjunct SR Sun suggests Mr A will experience a growing sensitivity and compassion to others.

Equally it suggests that he will be confronted with (or involved in) alcoholism, drug abuse, and dependency issues. This is likely to be combined with an inability or refusal to curb his ego needs in consideration of others.

Because Jupiter is also involved (by opposition), Mr A could expect excessive (and potentially foolhardy) behavior either from others or from himself. This is a time when he most needs to get control of his personal ego but unfortunately it is a time when he will find this harder than ever to achieve.

SR Saturn, which ought to help him gain an accurate perception of the reality of his situation, is in square aspect and will have difficulty doing its job and hence Mr A may be tempted to refuse to accept responsibility for his situation. Because SR Jupiter (optimism and expansion) is in square (hard) aspect, this in turn could well lead to frustration, isolation, and loneliness. Just when self-discipline is most needed, it will be hardest to achieve.


SR Venus either deals with relationships and finances and because SR Uranus is in close sextile aspect to SR Venus, Mr A can likely expect significant changes in both. Because of the sextile aspect, such changes are likely to occur without much effort and in some regards may be considered beneficial. Venus in close sextile with Saturn also suggests reductions in the funds available during this period. Because of the sextile, this also won’t be considered an undue burden even though the involvement of Uranus suggests that such reductions may be significant and come, perhaps, as a bit of a surprise. Divorce or separation is indicated – but again, this will probably not unwelcome nor will it come as a complete surprise.


SR Moon indicates where the emotional focus of Mr A will be during this period and conjunct Pluto, and this suggests a rather unpleasant emotional wake-up call. Mr A can expect to deal with persons who are not always rational and also who are prone to emotional manipulation and power plays. Mr A may himself be tempted to join in this game but with Pluto involved, this is not advisable because all too often such tactics backfire – big time. During this time Mr A should strive to be as straightforward as possible under what will undoubtedly be difficult circumstances.


SR Mercury suggests the mental condition of Mr A during the year as well as what he will be thinking about. With SR Mars in tight square with SR Mercury, Mr A is in for a fiery ride – substantial mental energy expended in, well let’s face it, being angry and in prolonged and heated conflict that might well feel as if it is going nowhere.

Solar Return (2016-17) Happy Birthday Ms D

Here’s a solar return (2016-17) for a friend of mine – Happy birthday Ms D:

  • Sun conjunct Venus in 11th house
  • Moon in 4th house making no aspects
  • Mercury in 11th house in a grand trine with Pluto and Jupiter
  • Saturn in 5th house in T cross with Neptune and Jupiter


ms D

Summary – the focus this year will be on friends how they fit into the fondest hopes and dreams of Ms. D. However, this may not be as easy as it sounds because such friendships will likely come with some ‘sticky’ strings. This in turn is likely to present Ms. D with some ethical issues – such as are we ‘lovers’ or ‘just friends’ – additionally further complications may arise due to changes in domestic routine, whether due to moving house, or home renovations, some disruption in this arena will become a significant emotional focus.

Sun / Venus

The 11th house is associated with hopes and dreams, group interactions, and friendships.

With bright and shining Solar Return (SR) Venus here, Ms. D is more likely to enjoy a fair share of pleasant friendships with people who will happily support her in achieving her goals. But because the 11th house is also associated with moral dilemmas & social expectations, these friendships may come with some (sticky) strings attached.

The SR Sun is all about intellectual focus = so with the SR Sun (the most significant planet in the solar return chart) also here in the 11th house, the indication is that Ms. M will spend a good bit of time and energy dealing with these ethical issues surrounding these (sticky) strings.

Because (1) the 11th is in opposition to the 5th house (love affairs and creative self-expression) and (2) Venus is conjunct the Sun in the 11th, dilemmas may well arise with issues such as – are we ‘just friends’ or ‘lovers’?


The SR Moon is about emotional focus and in the 4th house, the focus is on house and home. Perhaps Ms. D will be moving house during the year or otherwise changing her residence or domestic situation – there is undoubtedly going to be some domestic-related change or disruption. Because the Moon makes no aspects to other planets, this suggests that Ms. M may be undertaking these alone or that these changes may make her feel as if she’s alone. The good news is that such changes do not appear to be the result of outside interferences hence such decisions are likely based on decisions taken based on their merits to suit the preferences of Ms. M.


SR Mercury is about mental condition – i.e. what Ms. D will be primarily thinking about. Again because SR Mercury is in the 11th house, her mental focus will likely be both on hopes and dreams and how they relate to those friends who come with (sticky) strings. That SR Mercury is caught up in a grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, suggests those hopes and dreams may well  have significant psychological impact – in the sense that unconscious motivations come to the front and are more clear. There is also a possibility of verbal power plays – knowledge is power – who knows what it is that you need to know?!


SR Saturn is caught up with Jupiter/Neptune in hard aspect. According to Liz Greene, both these rulers of Pisces (Jupiter & Neptune) have a taste for the boundless – together they are the visionary; they are also hallmarks of the the foolhardy dreamer. Potentially misplaced optimism, pie-in the sky hopes and dreams, miscalculations, and poor decisions are all possibilities – secrecy and perhaps downright deception may also play a part here. ‘Buyer beware’ comes to mind – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

SR Saturn symbolizes the reality of any given situation and emphasizes how we really are ultimately responsible for our lives. SR Saturn is in the 5th house of love affairs and creative self-expression and suggests circumstances making it difficult to express yourself naturally as you have in the past. Relationships, especially love affairs, can be difficult especially due to limitations imposed by circumstances beyond your control. For example, she may not really fit in with his friends or he may not really relate to her friends.

Because of the influence of Jupiter/Neptune, such a situation might tempt either to pretend to be something other than who she or he really. But with Saturn around, this is probably not going to turn out to be such a good idea.


They say that worldly achievement involves not only risks and rewards but also responsibility.

Fair enough.

But how do you know if you’ve got the mix right?

With the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Capricorn, the next couple of days will provide opportunities to discover just that but I’m guessing that it won’t be all that easy and here’s why.

Consider the story of Minos of Crete who, in order to become king, enlisted the aid of Poseidon, god of the sea. In return, Minos promised to sacrifice to Poseidon a wondrous white bull. But when it came time for Minos to honour his part of the bargain, he reneged, choosing to substitute his 2nd best bull instead.Unknown

In making this decision, Minos might well have used a classic risk/reward analysis – i.e. the potential reward (to him) of keeping the better bull outweighed the risk that Poseidon would find out (or even care).

But unfortunately Poseidon did find out (and he cared) and in retaliation caused Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, to fall in love with that  wondrous white bull. That in itself may not have been so bad. After all, marital indiscretion has often been an issue dealt with by kings. But when, after coupling witUnknownh the bull, Pasiphae gave birth to the Minotaur, the plot thickened; each year nine youths and nine maidens had to be sacrificed in order to feed the Minotaur’s foul appetite and after awhile the folks in the street started to get angry. Finally, the Athenian hero Theseus arrived in Crete and with the help of Minos’ daughter, Ariadne, killed the Minotaur freeing Crete from its terrible curse.  Minos, worn out by guilt and sorrow, died and Theseus became the ruler of both Athens and Crete.

I figure that this means that – despite the outcome of any risk-reward analysis, responsibility requires us to always consider that each and every decision we take also has an impact on others; Minos forgot this at his peril.

You wouldn’t want to do the same thing, would you?

Original Thinking

Feeling the need for positive change?

With the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Sagittarius, the next couple of days offer the perfect opportunity to initiate it and during this precipitous period, your strongest asset will most definitely be original thinking.

Case Study:

Queen of the Desert –  tells the story of British-born Gertrude Bell who was not only an adventurer, spy, and archaeologist but also political powerhouse for positive change.



  • it’s 22 March 1921,
  • final day of the Cairo Conference,
  • last chance to determine the postwar future of the Middle East,
  • members of the British delegation have stopped for a photo-shoot,
  • to the amusement of all, Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill has just fallen off his camel,
  • TE Lawrence (otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia), is uncomfortable in his pin-striped suit and trilby,
  • between them  in a rose-decorated straw hat, is Gertrude Bell – the sole delegate possessing information indispensable to making the Conference successful.

How did Bell, a female descendant of Cumbrian sheep farmers, arrive at this pinnacle?

For details, you’ll need to read Bell’s biography by Georgina Howell or see the fabulous movie (2015) starring Nicole Kidman.

But I can tell you that the huge success enjoyed by Gertrude Bell  was not achieved by thinking like all the other Edwardian ladies!


Is your current vision of life one of meaningless emptiness, all the more disturbing because it is so full of important things: fashion, food, family, friends, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter?

With the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Scorpio, the energy of today and tomorrow is one of bored dissatisfaction. Little wonder if you’re feeling disillusioned, uncertain.

But what are you going to do about it – that’s what you really need to know.

UnknownConsider Jane Austen’s ‘handsome, clever and rich’ heroine, Emma Woodhouse – after a few minor set-backs, her wildest dreams and ambitions are delivered up on a silver platter – and in true fairy-tale fashion, it’s happily ever after with Mr Knightley for Emma– huzza!

Consider also Madame Emma Bovary, Gustave Flaubert’s French bourgeois heroine – after a few minor set backs, her wildest dreams and ambitions are also delivered up on a silver platter – but it’s not happily after with Charles Bovary for this Emma – she’s so bored and disillusioned with her fairy-tale ending that she takes a lover who dumps her, thus destroying not only her own life but also that of her child and husband.images

  • Austen’s story is nice.
  • Flaubert’s is not nice.
  • Both are literature classics.

I figure this is because they both stress the importance of developing and maintaining a realistic personal value system.

With energy like that of today and tomorrow, it’s a perfect time to re-evaluate your own.

Making the most of tomorrow’s lunar eclipse

Tomorrow, 23 March 2016, at 11:48 AM GMT (London), there is a penumbral eclipse of the Moon.


As you probably know, this means that the (full) Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. A penumbral eclipse is where the Moon enters only the penumbral shadow of the earth and because it’s difficult to see, doesn’t often gather too much attention.

However, astrologers view every eclipse as a dramatic ‘wild card’ playing out someplace in our natal charts. Wherever this occurs, events will transpire in order to shake us out of our compliancy. With every eclipse something ends and something begins. But whilst solar eclipses tend to offer new opportunities, lunar eclipses tend to bring final endings.

Because tomorrow’s lunar eclipse occurs at 3 Libra 17, those with planets or sensitive areas of their charts at this degree (and/or also around 4 Aries, 4 Capricorn or 4 Cancer) might expect their lives to be shaken up, perhaps by memories and dreams, both good and bad, resurfacing. Because eclipses come in pairs (solar/lunar) and repeat in nearly exact degree and sign every 19 years, if this eclipse has special significance for you, then look back 19 years to get some sense of how it might again, manifest.


Everyone can make good use of the energy released with this eclipse and using the Sabian symbol (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, by Dr Marc Edmund Jones) for 4 Libra, I offer you the following:

A group around a campfire:

  • Group experience,Spiritual-Communion-Around-The-Campfire-1920-300x153
  • Realities broader than simple self-concern originate in common functions,
  • Every responsibility undertaken should become the expression of identity rather than one of divergence in interest,
  • Importance of building everyday morale in order to create social structures that further life objectives,
  • AVOID letting opportunities lazily drift away and idly depending on others.

Memories and dreams cloud judgment. Our path becomes more treacherous when succumbing to our fears. Yet even in the darkest hour, dawn is implicit and in order to fully take this on-board, we must learn to separate illusions from reality. This becomes much easier when we team up with like-minded others in order to accomplish common goals. Even the scariest and darkest of paths becomes more navigable when tread in the company of another.


During this lunar eclipse, prepare a cup of rose-hip tea and sit back in a comfy chair. Sip your tea whilst thinking about people with whom you’d do well to team up with; feel a surge of warm feelings going out to them knowing that this is a legitimate method of communication. Amiability (the quality of having a friendly, pleasant manner) is the name of this eclipse’s game. Contemplate how you can develop and express it.

Composite Jupiter/Neptune

Composite Charts

The composite chart is created by taking the midpoint between pairs of each of two person’s natal planets (in this case Venus and Uranus) and using them to create a third, new chart. The composite chart is not the same as synastry, which examines how one person impacts the other. Instead the composite chart represents the relationship as a whole giving insight into the dynamics upon which it, as a relationship, functions.

Composite Jupiter

Jupiter symbolises key areas of  growth for the relationship as well as how the partners to that relationship find meaning together. Composite Jupiter also provides a shared spiritual commitment – an inspired, optimistic vision for the future. The trick is not to go overboard.

Composite Neptune

Neptune brings magic, colour, and soul into a relationship, shared creativity and beguilingly beautiful dreams. The problem with Neptune is that is that doesn’t play by ordinary rules. Hence Neptune is oft associated with disappointment, deceit, and disillusion.

Impossible-Dream-300x213Composite Jupiter/Neptune

Both Jupiter and Neptune share a taste for the boundless. They are the signature of the dreamer/visionary with a foolhardy naivety about the ‘real world’. When Neptune is involved in a composite chart, there is bound to be a sense of being soul-mates and hence it is all the harder to put on the brakes.

Neptune/ Jupiter is likely to manifest in a shared spiritual or idealistic vision that unfortunately might turn out to be pure delusion:

  • This is especially the case with the conjunction.

  • With trines and sextiles the idealism is not likely to be as destructive although it can turn a romance into something more platonic like a student/teacher relationship.

  • With the square, it is important to ensure both parties know where they stand with each other and avoid reluctance to acknowledge relationship problems.

  • The opposition is also likely to allow both parties to build up a false sense of security. The key with making this aspect work out is to avoid idealizing each other. Equally important is to avoid playing deceptive games with each other. If you honestly understand yourselves and what you have to together, there can be no illusion. If you don’t, you’re likely headed for disaster.

The Curious Case of Ms C

Ms C is a ‘man-eater’-  or at least so I’ve been told – and with her Venus in Leo, I can believe how folks might have reached that conclusion.

Contrary to popular belief, astrological Venus isn’t so much about love for others as it is about love of ‘self’. Venus in Leo is a special case – like a lantern in the dark of night, her charm and warmth draws us close.  She brings soVenusLeoul into the lives of those she touches and who couldn’t use a bit of that?

But this is not all that she brings. She is the most selfish and tawdry of the lot. Let’s make no mistake about it, when it comes to relationships, Venus in Leo looks out only for herself.

But this is not why Ms C is so dangerous.

The real issue with Ms C is her Aquarian Moon; like anyone with an air moon, she can be coldly calculating. That in itself isn’t bad. But in relationship with that fiery Venus, this Moon has the potential to be devastating.

The Moon and Venus are the two faces of the feminine and astrologically, both are about relationship albeit the operate differently. As noted above, Venus relates through differentiation – I am X and you are Y and X is so much better.  On the other hand, the Moon relates by symbiosis – I am X and you are Y and together, XY, we will be forever, together. When the Moon and Venus are in friendly relationship (trine or sextile) in a chart, they can form a working relationship. But when they are not (square or opposition), as is the case with Ms C, then we can expect her to constantly see-saw between them – identifying with one and projecting the other.Ms C

The other party to the relationship can have no idea what to expect – one minute he has a cuddly kitten on his hands and the next, a full-blown hurricane. This isn’t helped by the fact that Ms C has Mars in Aries – highly impulsive, intuitive, does what she damned well pleases. Not only that, but Ms C has natal Uranus in opposition to her Mars – and with that we have a reckless disregard regard for authority as well as being exceptionally self-willed.

Now, it just so happens that Ms C is connected with a certain Mr A, who was the subject of two earlier posts; I’ll let the astrologers amongst you put two and two together – as I’m certain that you will. For everyone else, I suppose you’ll just have to watch this space in the event that I’m ever in the position to go into more detail.

But for now I think that it is safe to say that in Ms C, Mr A has more than met his match.

Remembrance of Things Past Brings a Brighter Future

d7b0b3b7d5c0bffaf3a40032f173809eWith the Sun in Pisces (dissipation) and the Moon in Gemini (communication), today is a Five of Swords day.

The Five of Swords is a card of conflicting impulses. Feelings blind intelligence; intelligence is not in touch with its emotional basis.

An excerpt from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30 explains all:

I summon up remembrance of things past,

I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,

And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:

Without active intervention, today’s energy is likely to manifest either as an inexplicable impasse or all all-out defeat because of your inability to capitalise on progress made to date. Although this unfortunate state of affairs could be due to simple pride or neglect, most likely it is because of a more complex need to escape:

thoughtless words

lost friends

bits and pieces of disconnected memory.

When yesterday seems more real than today, know that you are in real trouble.

According to the 18th century philosopher David Hume, the only thing of which we can ever be certain is that we perceive an unbroken stream of subjective ideas and images. Hence our notion of ‘self’ can never be more than a fiction; the mind’s way to join up disparate events together as a continuum. As the result, the thing that you know as ‘self’ is always subject to change. In her memoirs (Moments, 85), Virginia Woolf notes that it would be interesting to compare and contrast the ‘two people’ that you are (‘I now’ and ‘I then’).Hill02

Woolf’s suggestion is not just interesting but absolutely necessary if you are to put the past behind you in a way allowing for real movement forward. The Five of Swords is a violent, confrontational card; it carries the risk of  defeat owing to poor organisation.

So on a day like today, use the energy available to do yourself a huge favour – release that from your past which is resisting your future. Clear out the clutter of yesterday to make room for tomorrow.


McIntyre, Jane L. ‘Hume and the Problem of Personal Identity, (177-208). The Cambridge Companion to Hume, ed. Dave Fate Norton and Jacqueline Taylor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (online).

Woolf, Virginia. Moments of Being, Autobiographical Writings. ed. Jeanne Schulkind, London: Pimlico, 2002