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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.

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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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Jung’s Astrological Moon

Whilst discussing Jung’s Red Book (Liber Novus), Liz Greene reminds us that when interpreting the Moon in an astrological chart, we should keep in mind Jung’s vision of the Moon as a fluid, living principle, always in flux.

HecateTo assume the astrological Moon corresponds solely to Jung’s Anima is a mistake. Equally, it is a mistake to assume that she is solely the nurturing mother. Indeed, Jung saw the astrological Moon as both deeply complex and ambivalent – the archetypal core of which equates to the triple-bodied lunar goddess of antiquity, Hecate.

Consider four of the Red Book’s female personages:

  1. UnknownSalome – the daughter of Elijah, the wise old prophet who presides of the ‘temple of the sun’. Salome, with long black hair and dressed in red, is never pictured without her father. She is associated both with (1) the darkened skies of the ‘blood Moon’ (reportedly visible at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion) and (2) the blood-thirsty seductive temptress, the daughter of Herodias, who demanded the severed head of John the Baptist from her besotted lover. In this regard, Salome is associated with the tarot card, The Hanged Man, who although still possesses his head, is unable to use it (i.e. it is no longer above, but below) symbolising loss of the rational intellect when confronted with realm of the unconscious. Salome is associated with the dark moon. She is bloodthirsty and dangerous.
  2. Unknown-1Old Scholar’s Daughter – imprisoned by her father in an old stone castle in midst of a forest, this pale and ghostly girl is shown with the crescent moon. Like the Greek goddess, Persephone, she is prevented by her parent from developing into a fully-grown woman. Although Jung considers her to thus be unworldly, she informs him that she knows more about ‘real life’ than does he. At the end of their brief chat, Jung has fallen in love with her and she disappears into a shaft of moon light, leaving behind a bunch of red roses. The roses, Liz suggests, links her to Venus, the erotic goddess of the ancient Greeks, who interestingly does not otherwise figure in the Red Book. But unlike with the dangerous eroticism of Salome, Jung had little to fear from this pretty young girl; indeed, she offered him much to learn. Associated with the tarot card, The Moon, the Old Scholar’s Daughter offers a doorway to the unconscious, a scary place in which wisdom resides. It is tempting to equate her solely with the crescent moon, but she shares this ‘honour’ with the Anima.
  3. The Cook – along with the Old Scholar’s Daughter, the Cook is associated with the tarot card, The Moon, but the Cook takes this proverbial walk on the dark side to a completely new and different level. Large and fat and always pushing food, The Cook seems simple enough, the traditional house-frau. But in reality, she is unashamedly two-faced. After eating the food (nourishment) she provides, Jung falls asleep and wakes up in the underworld (‘the realm of mothers’). In this regard, The Cook is more dangerous than even Salome because what you see with her is never what you get. The Cook is associated with the full moon, also a gateway to the unconscious, but under no circumstances is she to be trusted.
  4. The Anima – although Jung never meets with the Anima, he does depict her dressed in blue and kneeling in prayer. She is at once the celestial mother, the chalice or Holy Grail (drink of her and attain immortality), the spiritual bride and mother, as well as the daughter of the stars. In his tarot deck, Waite shows her as The High Priestess, the guardian of hidden wisdom and spiritual mediator between the worlds, above and below. Notice that the High Priestess sits with the crescent moon at her feet.Unknown-2

In summary, astrologers ought not to consider the astrological Moon as either this or that, but instead as a fluidity that morphs over time. The imagery of the classical triple-bodied lunar goddess, Hecate, is in keeping  with Jung’s complicated (and often contradictory) lunar journeys. In the Red Book, the astrological Moon represents the entire spectrum of the lunar myth and cycle, from the dark of the new moon and back again. Unlike classical astrology that divides the planets into either malefic or benefic, Jung’s astrological Moon at once both and neither. She can be dangerous – even treacherous. Equally, however, she offers the opportunity to plumb the depths for the wisdom that resides in the unconscious- the wisdom each of us must someday tap if we are to further ourselves on that all important path to individuation.

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Greene, L. (2018). The Astrological World of Jung’s Liber Novus; Daimons, Gods, and the Planetary Journey. Abingdon: Routledge.

Greene, L. (2018). Jung’s Studies in Astrology: Prophecy, Magic and the Qualities of Time. Abingdon: Routledge.

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Psychological projections – uncomfortable gifts for a more authentic you

It’s only natural to assume that the world is as we see it and that people are as we imagine them to be. But the reality is a bit more complicated than that and part of the reason is because of the psychological phenomena known as ‘projection’.

According to psychology folks, projection is an automatic process whereby the contents of your own unconscious are perceived to be in others. According to astrology folks, projection is down to a particular planet (or group of planets) in one’s natal chart that is, in effect, disowned and attributed to others. According to counsellors and coaches, perception is projection and vice versa because it is only then we can become conscious of our projections that we can deal with them and implement desired change.

hqdefault.jpgFor example, if I’m angry at someone but because of variety of reasons I can’t express it, I might ‘project’ my anger (or astrological Mars) onto that other person and then be surprised that I’m a victim of his or her  aggression. Once I understand what is happening, I can work with my coach or counsellor to stop blaming others for my own anger and find a better, more profitable way of expressing it.

Being able to hone in quickly on to people’s most likely projections will benefit (among others) psychologists, therapists, counsellors, and coaches.

Typical places in the  natal chart to look for potential planets or energies ripe for projection are as follows:

  • 7th house – because these planets are the furthest away from your essential self (i.e. 1st house) they are often ripe for projection – for example, consider the client with Venus in the 7th. Because Venus = values, it’s not unexpected to hear her say that she leaves decisions to her husband because she doesn’t really know what she wants.
  • 10th house – this is a perfect place for projections onto role models and authorities both good and bad. If, for example, your Pluto is in your 10th house and you do NOT see yourself as being particularly ambitious, it would not be unexpected to hear you talk about having experience relationships with bosses, teachers, or even public officials (authority figures) with whom you always lose.
  • 4th house –this is the place you’re more likely to project onto family – past, present, and future. For example, one client with her Moon conjunct Saturn in Virgo in the 4th has always found her mother to be bitter and critical. It wasn’t until she had a daughter of her own that she began to realize that she could be as bitter and critical as had been her mother and this was not a welcome realization.
  • 9th house – in this house your look for faith and meaning as well as your own ‘highest good’. If Pluto is in your 9th, you might believe that teachers and professors and priests care nothing about anyone but themselves. By contrast, if your Sun is in the 9th, you might find the perfect guru – one who seems to be everything you’d like to be and more.
  • 6th house – this house is associated with servants, employees, animals and other ‘inferiors’ and so planets in the 6th house may well become part of a power dynamic making us behave in cruel ways to those considered inferior to ourselves (in status). We might also project onto ‘inferior’ parts of ourselves. For example, consider the client with a strong Mars in 6th house – a Mars that she seems reluctant to use for her own benefit. It’s little wonder that she finds herself the proverbial whipping boy of for her employers.

Although these are some typical candidates for projection, we can project anything that doesn’t feel comfortable with the rest of our charts and/or which we have been forbidden to do (i.e. like display anger).

The telltale signs of projections include strong and often uncomfortable (or fearful) reactions to someone or something  – an extra emotional charge that is out of keeping with our usual proclivities. Such reactions may have a luminous – amorphous quality – i.e they don’t make sense – rather like ‘falling in love’ (which is apparently, itself, a projection).

As counselors and coaches, we should resist the temptation to jump in and ‘make it all better’ for the client. Likewise, don’t rush to name or explain. Let clients sit with their the results of their projections with it for a while – because it is through them that they’ll find lost parts of themselves.

 

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Why not tell yourself a new & better story?

You’ve worked hard.

But to date, your actions have not delivered the desired results.

More likely than not, this is because of undesirable (i.e. outgrown) behaviours, which in turn, have been driven by undesirable (i.e. outgrown) stories about yourself to which, over time, you’ve become attached.

shutterstock_152680601-2-cat-with-lion-shadow-2It only makes sense that to get desired results, you’ll need to manifest different behaviour that is fuelled by new and better stories.

This is precisely where astrological coaching comes in.

For example, Mr W has struggled to forge a stable career. Every job that he’s ever enjoyed has ended in ‘tears’ – either his or his employer’s, or both. Now, it just so happens that Mr W’s Moon is incredibly sensitive. The good news is that with this, he is easily in touch with not only his own feelings and moods but also those of others. The bad news is that he has tendency to dwell on various typical workplace ‘hurts’  long after everyone else has moved on.

While Mr W cannot change his Moon, he can change the role it plays in his stories. For example, Mr W also has a very strong Mars. With this placement, self-control is the by-word – anger (and hurt) are expressed in a cool, level-headed way. Although Mr W has never identified himself as a cool, level-headed person, he admits that he could be. Indeed, he can now remember certain times when he has been just that. By widening the narrative arc of his story to place his Mars in a more prominent role, he will be better able to deal with workplace stresses in a new – and more (personally) profitable way.images

Consider Ms F, who is hoping to change her career. Although she’s drawn to the freedom and excitement of free-lance work, she’s reluctant to give up the regular pay check. Now what?

As it turns out, Ms F has Saturn (responsibility) in opposition to Jupiter (adventure)– two very different (and opposing) energies. Because of her personal history, Ms F has pretty much identified with her Saturn. Upon learning that her Jupiter was just as important a part of who she is as was her Saturn, she decided to sample some of those new – and exciting – freelance opportunities.

How about Ms B, who is not only feeling frustrated but also very hurt?

For months, Ms B been working extra hard to build up her business only to find herself let down again and again by people she ought to have been able to trust. By it’s nature, Ms B’s sensitive Sun is trusting; she must be extra careful not to be duped. Worse, with her Sun she’s prone to escapist behaviour – it could well be more difficult for her than some to face up to the truth.

Now what?

At the moment, Ms B is still working through her situation although I suspect, that with time, she’ll conclude that it will also be her Jupiter that comes to the rescue.

 

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Lunar Implications for Coaching

The first step in coaching practice is to create a holding container or space where clients feel safe and secure enough to explore themselves and their situation.

In order to accomplish this, the coach must first feel safe and secure in his or her own container or space.

Astrologically, the ability feel safe and secure is most aptly represented by one’s natal Moon.

th.jpegThe Moon’s placement by sign:

  • Suggests what you need to feel safe and satisfied,
  • Indicates how you ‘nurture’ self and others,
  • Describes your feeling nature – how you interact with your environment and instinctively react to events or changes,
  • Shows where you seek comfort and security when feeling anxious or threatened.

Keep in mind that there are many factors in your chart that will have an impact on how you approach your coaching activities.

But when it comes to ‘holding space’ – creating that safe and supported environment for your clients –  the zodiac sign in which your Moon is located, will reveal much about how you approach this task.

Equally, the sign in which your client’s Moon is located will describe much of what he or she needs to feel safe and supported and how he or she is most likely to react when he or she doesn’t.

Aries

Needs to be constantly ‘doing’  – preoccupied with finding a worthy challenge or other avenue to self-gratification – tendency to be pushy, impulsive – even reckless – when threatened, likely to be provocative and argumentative. Potential place of sanctuary – a sports stadium, battlefield, or boxing match.

Leo

Needs to be noticed, admired, and appreciated – preoccupied with one-upsmanship (“I can do it better than you can”) – tendency to be generous and loyal –  the ‘life of the party’ – when threatened, can quickly become the quintessential ‘drama queen’. Potential place of sanctuary – a party, playground, or theatre.

Sagittarius

Needs everything to be light and lively – preoccupied with travel and finding adventure  – tendency to teach/preach and share ideas – gregarious – when threatened can become arrogant and haughty. Potential place of sanctuary – a university, church, airport, or courthouse.

Gemini

Needs constant stimulation (chaotic and curious) – preoccupied with drawing conclusions and making connections –  tendency to be a ‘jack of all trades and master of none’  – scattered – when threatened, can become gossipy (even traitorous) and cynical. Potential place of sanctuary – a classroom, newsroom, or bookstore.

Libra

Needs to be pleasing and harmonious – preoccupied with attractive surroundings – tendency to redress imbalances – play ‘devil’s advocate’ – when threatened can be critical and judgemental – especially when there appears there is no way to be ‘liked’. Potential place of sanctuary – an art gallery, interior design centre, or beauty salon.

Aquarius

Needs to learn and discover – preoccupied with what makes people tick – tendency to spout own views and beliefs as ‘the truth’ – especially when it comes to politics – when threatened, likely to become disruptive and/or seek an abrupt change of scenery. Potential place of sanctuary – convention hall, conference room, political rally.

Taurus

Needs to feel physically safe and comfortable – preoccupied with retaining control – tendency toward possessiveness – ‘what’s yours is mine but not vice versa’ – when threatened, can become vengeful especially if feeling betrayed. Potential place of sanctuary – a restaurant, farm, or massage parlour.

Virgo

Needs to feel useful and productive – preoccupied with health and well-being – tendency to feel nervous or ill-at-ease when everything is not ‘just so’ – when threatened, can become supersensitive and highly critical. Potential place of sanctuary – the workplace, health clinic, lab, employment agency.

Capricorn

Needs structure and boundaries – preoccupied with clear-cut guidelines and rules – tendency to feel responsible and do his/her duty – when threatened, takes up the drawbridge and retreats behind the castle walls. Potential place of sanctuary – the corporate boardroom, top of a mountain, or in a walled (well-tended) garden.

Cancer

Needs to feel emotionally connected with everyone – like a chameleon, instinctively blends in to his environment – tendency to take up role of caretaker – “Here, have my homemade chicken soup.’ When threatened, clams up  and/or gets seriously  annoyed. Potential place of sanctuary – home or museum.

Scorpio

Needs to keep a close watch on the situation – like a sharp-eyed eagle, always on guard – tendency not to reveal underlying motivations but anxious to fully comprehend those of others – when threatened, can provoke ‘crisis’ as smokescreen. Potential place of sanctuary – a trauma centre, operating theatre, or brothel.

Pisces

Needs to be in a sympathetic, understanding environment – preoccupied with helping others – tendency to fantasize and day dream – when threatened, melts down and/or disappears.  Potential place of sanctuary – rest home, bar, or spiritual retreat.
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Attachment Theory & Narrative Coaching

Recent studies show that the stories we tell ourselves become so enmeshed with our cognitive functions, that they – and not any accurate assessment of actual experience –  underpin 80% of our actions.

images.pngAccording to ‘attachment theory’, the majority of these stories are formed during infancy, when we are first bonding with ‘mother’. Not only are our stories archetypal in nature (i.e. common to all humankind), but they are so deeply imbedded in our psyches that, without us even realising it, they play out over and over again. Worse, these stories are so important to our perceived safety, that they engender a whole host of defence mechanisms.

Narrative coaching provides a safe space for clients to revisit their stories – to understand how they impact their lives. Once this is process is underway, clients can rewrite their stories and/or create alternative stories – stories, which are specifically framed to promote happier, more unified lives.

Astrology can speed up this process.

For example, your rising sign and its rulers, symbolise how you’re most likely to frame your worldview. I have Cancer rising and so I tend to frame my world through emotional experiences.  It would help if I were able to more easily get in touch with my emotions but my Moon (ruler of Cancer) is in Gemini where relates not through feelings but through ideas. Indeed, taken as a whole, my chart suggests that once activated, my emotions are a loose cannon on deck. Worse, this is odds with who I essentially am (i.e. rational and balanced) as shown by my Sun (in Libra).

Frustration and anger (my Moon is in square aspect to Mars) are the result and I will admit that I have a tendency to remain emotionally isolated from others just in case (as I thoroughly expect) all goes wrong. I can further relate that my personal experience with ‘mother’ as an infant was similarly frustrated. It took years for me to understand how deeply frustrated and angry she was with my very existence. There are reasons why I was an only child.

Whenever I’m trying to get emotionally close to someone, my habitual narrative pattern of anger and frustration kicks in. Little surprise (that just as I expected) their reciprocal anger and frustration keeps us from forming a bond. Sadly, I will keep re-enacting my same story again and again until I can gain enough distance and perspective to rewrite it.

For example, I might ask how I’d like my new story to end. Assuming that it is in increased intimacy rather than in a fight, then I’ll ask myself what kind of person would enjoy such a happy ending and how might that person differ from me? The point is that although I will never be able to make my Moon/Mars and Cancer Ascendant go away, once I learn how they are running the show, I can purposefully find healthier and more satisfying ways to express them.

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Apologies and T-Square…

Recently, a friend told me how she’d hurt her back after a difficult week. Not only had she been exasperated with her aging mother but she’d had a nasty argument with her partner. Playing the astrological angel, I relayed ‘important’ information about how transiting Neptune was setting off her natal T-Square – Saturn (backbone), Moon (mother), and Mars (anger).

  • “All very interesting”, was her response. “But what am I to actually make of it?”
  • Good question and one that I’d failed miserably to answer.
  • Apologies to my friend & let’s try again, shall we?

23e77a95ea2c4f562629a250b9c9f7b4.jpgA T-Square is an astrological configuration involving at least 3 natal planets locked in ‘conflict’ of some sort – the component parts of my friend’s T-Square break down as follows:

  • Mars/ Moon – a strong personal will intensified by emotions and an inclination to sincerely act on those emotions. This tends toward being involved in quarrels whether or not of her own making.
  • Moon/Saturn – self-control in regards to emotions – as well as a tendency toward being circumspect, considerate, and conscientious. This can, however, lead toward feeling inhibited and lonely.
  • Mars/Saturn – military endurance coupled great powers of resistance. Concentrated bursts of energy to meet specific challenges that overtime will drain overall vitality.

Put these all together and we find a recurrent theme of inhibition, repressed feelings, constant underlying state of dissatisfaction. This is overlaid by intermittent bursts of energy to overcome difficulties that deteriorate back into an overall lack of determination. Drained vitality manifests in illness or injury.

In this T-Square, Mars and Saturn are in opposition to each other and both are in square to the Moon. This leaves the Moon as the ‘release’ valve for the compressed energy generated by the aspect as a whole and given that the astrological Moon represents the body as well as the ‘mother’, it’s understandable how my friend sustained personal injury in conjunction with frustrations involving her mother. That Saturn rules the bony structure (i.e. backbone) only makes sense – my friend’s injury was in her back.

The remaining piece of this astrological puzzle –and perhaps the most important – is what transiting Neptune has to do with setting this all off. After all, couldn’t it equally have been a different planet involved by transit and/progression?

Astrological Neptune represents the urge to transcend our separate self and merge with something greater. This something ‘greater’ can be society at large, the cosmos in general, or one’s personal sense of the divine. The idea is that Neptune urges us to ‘lose’ ourselves, dissolve ego boundaries and return ‘home’ – in this sense, ‘home’ might taken literally as returning to the ‘womb’ (where we had no separate sense of self) or more metaphorically as the ‘Garden of Eden’.

th.jpegBy transit, Neptune blurs/dissolves the boundaries between ‘self’ and ‘other’ in order to show us another way of ‘being’ in the world. It does this through dreams, deceit, deception. I liken this to the tarot trump card, The Moon, which depicts a desolate landscape that is both dreamy and eerily scary. In the Marseilles Deck, the picture includes murky waters in a moat complete with two barking dogs guarding the gate to a castle and a crawfish (symbol of the subterranean depths) with outstretched claws.

Undoubtedly this is an irrational world where the rational boundaries between past, present and future fail to exist. One might choose to look at the journey through this world as either a spiritual adventure or a philosophical consideration of  meaning of Plato’s famous Allegory of the Cave. I prefer to look at this psychologically – in the sense that there is something about the unconscious dynamic of her T-Square  friend cannot face or otherwise does not wish to see.

Transiting Neptune has delivered my friend some much needed breathing space to come to terms best she can with issues regarding ‘mother’, ‘mothering’, repressed feelings and/or anger. Doubtless any insight garnered during this time, will benefit her relationship with both her mother and her partner. I also hope that it will help prevent further illness and injury.

 

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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.

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Kellyanne Conway – astrological realities you won’t want to miss

This brief analysis of Ms Conway’s THREE KEY natal aspects go a long way to explaining the person that we now see:

  1. SUN opposition JUPITER– although her intentions may be good, Ms Conway is prone to overdoing just about everything – including promising more than she could ever hope to deliver. The danger here is that because she truly believes that her heart is in the right place, she doesn’t learn from her past mistakes and/or indiscretions. Indeed, its even possible that she believes that because she’s a ‘good person’, she should receive more latitude than she really deserves. conway
  2. MOON opposition NEPTUNE– Ms Conway is prone to getting her hopes up much too high – lofty ideals that are more often than not, hopelessly unrealistic. Equally, when her hopes are dashed, she is likely to feel crushed. Hence people with this aspect often find themselves on an emotional rollercoaster. There is also a tendency for people with this aspect to ignore/avoid facing cold, hard reality. The warm and wonderful fantasy world into which they can so easily retreat is much more to their liking.
  3. MOON trine PLUTO/URANUS – Pluto conjunct Uranus (in Virgo) is a 1960’s generational aspect – the opening square of which we are now currently experiencing. This Pluto/Uranus conjunction was particularly virulent – violent social change – rebellion on every front – Vietnam, assignation of JFK, the Cuban Crisis, student protests, drug culture, the civil rights movement. With her Moon tied into this 1960’s energy, Ms Conway will is some way function as a personal mouthpiece for the anger/frustration that fostered that 1960’s rebellion; little wonder that we see her on stage now with the opening square. On the positive side, this aspect will make her seemingly afraid of nothing, tackling every the greatest problems with confidence. If its one thing that she knows, it’s that life is demanding. She is drawn (like a moth to the candle) to all that is unusual and unconventional.

unknownIn summary, Ms Conway is more than likely drawn into politics because of a personal need to make a real difference – intuitively, she’s a mouthpiece for the anger and frustration that others feel when their society seems no longer to be working – Ms Conway is hard-wired into radical change. Unfortunately, not only is she prone toward adopting unrealistic goals and attitudes, but she is prone to go overboard in just about everything that she undertakes. Self-control is not– and never will be – her thing.

 

Please note that because birth time is unknown, any discussion of the houses into which these aspects fall is not possible.

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Solar Return – Happy Birthday Ms S

Summary – the primary focus this 2016-17 year will be on finances and if this is to turn out well for Ms S, it is imperative that Ms S seek good, solid, impartial financial advice – re: a professional financial advisor – ASAP. This is not a time for Ms to follow her intuitions. It is also likely that Ms S will move house (i.e. changes in her domestic situation) during this period and that this will result in her feeling emotionally isolated. If this is the case, then there is a good chance that such feelings will be the result of the unconscious and/or repressed anger of close family members who are not happy with the domestic changes.

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Sun –  arguably, the SR Sun is the most significant planet in the SR chart. Because it is placed in the 2nd house, this suggests that Ms S will expend a good deal of energy during the year on her finances.ria-sr-2016-17

Generally, this 2nd house placement does not suggest monetary gain. Instead, it often suggests a lack of funds. Because VE is the natural ruler of the 2nd, her placement in conjunction with Pluto, suggests if Ms S does lack funds, this may be related to intense, compelling emotional involvements. Indeed, these relationships are likely to come with their own set of complicated financial issues. Because the conjunction between VE and PLU is extremely close (within 22 minutes of arc), it will be very difficult – if not impossible- for Ms S to step back and rationally assess her situation.

Because this SR Sun is in square (hard) aspect to Neptune, 2016-17 will be a time of illusion and confusion for Ms S – especially in regards to her financial situation. Self-deception could well be her biggest enemy and because SR NE is in the 4th house, such deception is likely to be related to her home. It is vital that regarding financial matters, Ms S does not take any action before first obtaining good, solid, impartial professional advice (SR ME is closely conjunct SR SA in the 2nd house). Indeed, it would be prudent for her to consult a financial advisor as soon as possible in order to make prospective,  positive changes (SR Uranus is trine SR ME/SA) so as to ensure her a stable and secure income for the future. In regards to finances, now is not the time to for Ms S to rely solely on intuition or even the advice of close friends or family. A trusted – impartial – qualified advisor is an absolute necessity.

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Moon – the SR Moon is about emotional focus and in the 12th house, Ms S may find herself feeling unusually alone and or/ emotionally overwhelmed. SR Moon in the 12th house is common for those who have recently moved house and have not yet had the opportunity to build strong emotional connections in their new location.

Indeed, with SR Uranus (UR) in opposition, it is highly likely that Ms S will make such significant changes in her domestic situation. Further, because SR UR is in opposition to her SR JU/MO, such changes may well feel like they were her own idea. Although with SR JU involved, (in sextile with SR Mercury), she any feelings of loneliness will not be from her lack of trying to make friends. She will be extremely charming (SR MO in Libra). But with SR Mars in aspect to the SR MO/JU, such attempts by Ms S to move into her new social circle may provoke strong argumentative reactions not only from current members of that circle but also from close family members (SR MA in SR IC/cusp of 4th house) who may be displeased with her new domestic situation.

With her natal ASC falling in the SR 12th house, it is highly likely that Ms S will feel as if she must remake herself into a new image to match her new domestic circumstances.

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