Sunday, 1 July 2018

How can Saturn help us live from the heart?



Are Saturn transits to the Sun in the natal chart destined to be depressing, to suck the joy out of your life?



My article, How can Saturn help us live from the Heart? discusses this concern. It was first published in Infinity Astrological Magazine and was recently re-published on the popular astro.com website.



Here's the introduction below and you can read the full article here



If you've ever taken an interest in self-help books or films, especially of the more spiritual variety, you'll have heard about the importance of following your heart, being true to your heart and living your truth.



There's no doubt that having a sense of purpose unique and authentic is crucial, but what does following/living from your heart really mean? Fortunately, astrology offers some clues.



The Sun in our birth chart represents our heart – the organ in our chest, but also in the emotional and psychological sense. Think about how we describe unsympathetic people as heartless or cold-hearted and supportive, generous people as warm-hearted or all-heart.



An understanding of the sign our Sun falls in, the House it tenants and its aspects with other planets and points, helps take us to the centre of ourselves, where our true heart lies. Our Sun complex describes our life direction and purpose and the hero we are meant to be.



When transiting Saturn contacts your Sun, it can feel heavy, restrictive, depressing even. Saturn's challenging transits – the Conjunction, Square and Opposition in particular – ask you to question whether the structure of your life supports your heart purpose, questions whether you are living in a heart-centred way… Read more here

And while you're there, check out some of other articles - astro.com republishes articles from every issue of the three main astrology mags - The Mountain Astrologer, AA Journal and Infinity Astrological Magazine (IAM). You'll find the work of some of the most respected names in astrology amongst them and a good mix of all the major schools of astrological thought - just scroll down on the home page http://www.astro.com/horoscope 




Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Mars Retrograde in Aquarius - the humbling of heroes


Earlier today, I wrote on Facebook and Instagram: 


"With Mars, the planet of sport and competition, retrograde in Aquarius, the sign of teams, the World Cup tournament could get very interesting. Think reversals of fortune, injuries, red cards, conflicts between and within teams and with Uranus Square Mars, perhaps shocking losses and surprise wins."

Hopefully teams and fans alike will take the high road and celebrate the passion and brotherhood of football, the beautiful game?

And seven hours later we've just witnessed the shock exit of reigning champions Germany. As the commentator said "they were heroes and now they're just men." 

This is a huge turnabout as Mars goes retrograde in Aquarius today - sporting heroes have become as common men - reflecting that Aquarius is about the common man - the humbling of the heroes made by Aquarius opposite sign Leo


But how can us already common folk us Mars is Retrograde in Aquarius / Capricorn? 

A few ideas...
  • Re-group, relax, refresh
  • Tie up loose ends
  • Exercise patience
  • Consider, where are you wasting your energy? How can you be more efficient?
  • Contemplate where in your life you are competing with others and reconsider what are you trying to achieve?
  • Analyse your desires
  • Cooperation over combativeness
  • Remember you don’t have to be superman / superwoman, you don’t need to do everything yourself…
  • …Nor should you Lord it over others and expect them to do everything for you (you might especially be reminded of this when Mercury is Retrograde in Leo 27th July to 20th August)
  • Asking for help if you need it and/or helping others
  • Learn to be a team member
  • Roll with the punches
  • Take actions that benefit the team / the wider group / society as a whole
  • Are you fighting for a good cause or just for the sake of the fight?
  • The warrior in retreat, waiting patiently until the time is right
  • The humbling of heroes
  • Planning and strategizing is better than acting/reacting/initiating
  • Thinking about what angers and frustrates you and asking yourself why. Anger/irritability is often is a sign your boundaries have been crossed. Do you need to reassert some of your boundaries and/or do you need to let some resentments go? Remember, Saturn, planet of boundaries is the traditional ruler of Aquarius and the ruler of Capricorn, the sign Mars retrogrades back into before turning around
·     When Mars goes back into Capricorn, look back to mid-March through Mid-May when Mars was first in Capricorn for recurring themes in your life. Where do you need to restructure/reassert/restore/go easier on yourself and others?

Mars Retrograde Dates and Degrees

·   1. Mars turns Retrograde at 9Aquarius13 on 27th June 2018
·   2. Mars Retrogrades back into Capricorn on 13th August 2018
·   3. Mars turns Direct at 28Capricorn36 on 28th August (and into the ‘Shadow’ period where it goes forward through the degrees it has just retrograded through)
·   4. Mars emerges out of its Shadow period – at 9Aquarius13 on 8th October 2018
·   5. Mercury also Retrograde 27th July at 23Leo25 turning around at 20th August at 11Leo35 (emerging from its Shadow 2nd September)

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Book of Music Horoscopes

I'm excited to announce the London School of Astrology's fundraising project, The Book of Music Horoscopes, is now available from Amazon and The Astrology Shop in London and direct from the publisher. 

I'm very proud to see my name on the list of contributors alongside some of astrology's leading lights.

Monies raised from the sale of the book, compiled by Frank C. Clifford, go directly to raising funds for astrologers and student astrologers in need of financial assistance who wish to attend  conferences around the world.



Saturday, 26 May 2018

The Jupiter Return

Is the Jupiter Return simply a jolly good time, or does it have a deeper meaning? 

Here we discuss the astrological transit we all look forward to. Rod shares a fascinating parallel between the Jupiter Return and the 12-year Chinese astrology cycle. We also get to the bottom of Jupiter in Scorpio and look forward to Jupiter in Sagittarius.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1A5rSGkbi8

Friday, 25 May 2018

2017's Great American Eclipse ~ did it live up to the hype?

Eclipses, especially powerful ones, remain sensitive to planetary triggers long after they're over.

In this video, we discuss how the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, dubbed "The 
Great American Eclipse" manifested and what may still be to come when the eclipse point is powerfully triggered in November 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuBZTO7WlZs

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Planetary Shake-Up as Uranus moves into Taurus

It's always a big deal and a fundamental shift in energies when an outer planet changes signs.

Uranus, the planet of shake-ups, surprises, innovation, rebellion and freedom moves on May 15 into security conscious, materialistic Taurus after seven years in fearless, fast-acting Aries.

What Uranus in Aries set in motion, will be seen through and manifested by steadfast Uranus in Taurus, but not without some unexpected twists and turns along the way.  One thing we can be certain of is that by the time Uranus leaves Taurus in 2026, the world won't quite be the same.

Here are three videos from the Academy of Astrology team, exploring the main themes - and making a few predictions - for these interesting years ahead.






How can Saturn help us live from the heart?

Are Saturn transits to the Sun in the natal chart destined to be depressing, to suck the joy out of your life? My article, ...