Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sage Sagittarians ~ Some Inspirational Quotes

As the Sun settles into wise, adventurous Sagittarius, here are a few quotes from some well know Saggies, which also reflect their Moon sign...

I'm competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders.
Tyra Banks, Model/TV Presenter
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Aries

Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the 'windows of the soul.' When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience.
Jim Morrison, Singer, The Doors
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Taurus

I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things.
Tina Turner, Singer
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Gemini

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.
William Blake, Poet/Artist
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Cancer

Telling lies and showing off to get attention are mistakes I made that I don't want my kids to make.
Jane Fonda, Actress
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Leo

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill, British Politician
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Leo

The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do.
Keith Richards, Rolling Stones Musician
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Virgo

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
Jane Austen, Author
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Libra

You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can't even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know.
Steven Spielberg, Film DirectorSun Sagittarius, Moon Scorpio

Why movies are so powerful is because you are right in there and you stay in there until they want you to come out, and then you've really gone somewhere.
Rachel Griffiths, Actress (Six Feet Under)
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Sagittarius

I have a hard time with morals. All I know is what feels right, what's more important to me is being honest about who you are. Morals I
get a little hung up on.
Brad Pitt, Actor
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Capricorn

If you don't interfere with me, I'll always do something really good.
John Malkovich, Actor
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Aquarius

I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family - and I don't think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.
Frank Sinatra, Actor/Musician
Sun Sagittarius, Moon Pisces

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

A Gift from the Heavens?

Venus and Jupiter are the ‘nice’ planets, the ‘benefics’ of traditional astrology. While things are never that black and white, it still should gladden your heart that both Venus and Jupiter emerge from their retrogrades on the same day, 18th November.

Is the sky sending us a gift? Is this a portent of good luck and good fortune? Let’s hope so, but let’s also remember that we have free will. We are not living in medieval times, when we believed that everything was preordained by God and the heavens.

We have a choice whether to accept Jupiter and Venus’ turnaround as a gift or not. I’m inclined to think it is. Remember, both planets are in signs where they are at their strongest, where they rule - Venus in Libra and Jupiter in Pisces. Balance, peace, harmony, compassion, communion, cooperation, love and beauty are some positive keywords for these placements.

If we accept this gift, then it’s up to us to decide what to do with it. Do we think, ‘ah that’s nice’ and then put it on a shelf and forget about it, or do we think more deeply about the meaning of the gift and try to use it wisely?

I’ve decided to use it. I’m setting up some meetings for next week that will hopefully help me take a first step towards a brighter future. Fingers crossed and good luck to you too, I hope you are able to enjoy a little bit of sunshine and happiness to clear away any cosmic doom and gloom that you may be feeling.

The Sabian symbol for 28 Libra (Venus’ degree of turnaround) is: “A man in deep gloom. Unnoticed, angels come to his help. For 24 Pisces (Jupiter) the symbol is: “An inhabited island”.

This is a positive turning point. Help is coming. You are not alone. Or perhaps you are in a position to help another? It's up to you.

See Astrology for November for more insight into Venus and Jupiter's direct station

With love,

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Scorpio Quotes ~ No Stings, Just Deep Things

As the Sun settles into its yearly transit of Scorpio, here are some lovely quotes from some famous Scorpios that also reflect their Moon sign...

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Bill Gates, businessman
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Aries

Do you seriously expect me to be the first Prince of Wales in history not to have a mistress?
Charles, Prince of Wales, British royalty
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Taurus

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
Roseanne Barr, actress/comedienne
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Gemini

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards
Theodore Roosevelt, American politician
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Cancer

Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
Kurt Vonnegut, author
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Leo

By the first week of shooting, you know exactly where your film is heading based on the psychology of your director.
Jodie Foster, Actress
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Virgo

I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long.
Marie Antoinette, French royalty
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Libra

And so we remained till the red of the dawn began to fall through the snow gloom. I was desolate and afraid, and full of woe and terror. But
when that beautiful sun began to climb the horizon life was to me again.
Bram Stoker, ‘Dracula’ author
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Scorpio

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Pablo Picasso, Artist
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Sagittarius

Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood... will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.
Indira Gandhi, Indian politican
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Capricorn

There's an edge to real rock 'n' roll. It's all that matters.
Neil Young, musician
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Aquarius

A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
Marie Curie, scientist
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Pisces

Birth details from Astrodatabank
Quotes from Brainy Quote

Monday, 1 November 2010

Astrology for November ~ Straight Ahead

Welcome to November

1st November is a day of celebration for many. The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) in Mexico, the Celtic New Year for pagans and All Saints' Day in the Christian tradition. This is a day to recognise and honour the dead and to find hope and light in the promise of new life to come. Whatever you are celebrating, I hope it’s been a wonderful day for you. It’s fitting, I think, that the Sun is in Scorpio for these festivals.

Turn, Turn, Turn

Astrologically, November sees three planets turn direct. Neptune has been retrograde since the end of May and finally turns around and moves forward from November 6th. Jupiter, retrograde since July 23, turns direct on November 18 and on the same day, Venus which has been retrograde since October 8, turns direct.

Neptune Direct

The long Neptune retrograde period may have been a cloudy period for many, particularly if Neptune has been transiting one of your natal planets. Disillusionment, confusion and lack of energy can oh so often accompany one of these transits. Especially when it’s retrograde, this can be a transit where we become ultra sensitive and yearn to retreat from the world and run away from reality. On the positive side, it’s a transit where we can tap into our higher self and experience joyous connections with anyone and everything. But beware, because Neptune is the planet of glamour and illusions. However, as Neptune turns direct you will be better able to see through those illusions. When you do that, unrealistic dreams will dissolve away, making it easier to find focus on your more realistic dreams, goals and ideals.

Jupiter Direct

After a brief soiree into dynamic Aries, Jupiter turned retrograde in July, moving back into Pisces in September. Jupiter signifies the principle of growth, expansion, faith, wisdom, higher learning and reward. In Pisces, Jupiter symbolises growth through idealism and the expansion of spirit, wisdom from the higher realms, faith through connecting with the ephemeral and intangible and reward through creative involvements, healing energies and acts of compassion. While Jupiter was retrograde, you may have been feeling these energies more inwardly and subjectively. When it goes direct, you can finally open and expand outwards. You will be able to think more clearly about the future and where you want to take your life next, using the new wisdom you have gained during the retrograde period. Jupiter will remain in Pisces until January, when it settles into Aries.

Venus Direct

Here’s what I said in my post on Venus Retrograde:

“It’s a time to review Venusian things and how you express and handle them. Venusian themes include relationships, values, self worth, how we share and give and yield to others, the soft and sweet side of life, the feminine, emotional stuff, the things that money can buy, how attractive we feel, what and who we are attracted to.

Because we are talking primarily Scorpio here for this Venus transit, this brings the urge to purge in Venusian areas of life, the need to check whether our handling of all things Venusian is healthy, or whether we are straying into the shadow side of Venus. Examples could be a tendency to give yourself away to please others, or letting yourself be pushed around in a relationship. Or perhaps you are taking advantage of others who are trying to please you. Such questions may need to be asked if this Venus retrograde is forming a transit in your chart. Money questions may also need to be asked. Are you spending too much on luxuries or are you denying yourself the good things in life unnecessarily? Where do you need to ‘balance the books’ in your life? Consider what your core values are. Are you living them? Do you need to get back to them or redefine them?”

Well folks, review time is over. As Venus turns direct we can now move forward with relationship or financial decisions that need to be taken. However, even though Venus turns direct on November 18, it will not be clear of its retrograde shadow until December 20, so this date should be noted if you’re looking for a benchmark for truly moving forward. (Click for Venus Retrograde transits, still relevant.)

Sagittarius Here We Come

The Sun moves into fiery, optimistic, spirited Sagittarius on November 22. Come back here around then for some quotes from some famous Saggies and find out if those centaurs really do exaggerate!

Nodal Intensity

On November 27, the North Node, which has been moving backwards through Capricorn, finally hits Pluto at 4 degrees of Capricorn. This is an intense conjunction and if it’s touching anything in your birth chart, expect to meet some very Plutonic people and make some very deep and meaningful connections with them. You may also face difficult, intense and emotional situations that have been dogging you for a while, so you can sort them out once and for all! It’s a transit to purge and regenerate and find closure, so you can move on with a fresh perspective. Remember, it might be deep and dark where you are, but if you look long and hard enough, you might just catch a glimpse of buried treasure. By the way, this all happens on my 8th house Sun, so I’ll let you know if anything significant occurs.

November’s Lunations

New Moon in Scorpio ~ November 6 (GMT)/ November 5 (PDT)
A time to rest, plan and sort your head out

First Quarter Moon in Aquarius ~ November 13
A time to take action on plans hatched at the New Moon

Full Moon in Taurus ~ November 21
Everything becomes clearer. Pay off or pay back for actions taken during the New Moon and First Quarter Moon.
This full Moon is an exciting one, the second of five in a row occurring in the urgent last degree of its sign. Check back here around the 21st for some insight!

Last Quarter Moon in Leo ~ November 28
Time to tie up any loose ends and make final adjustments to actions and projects, before slowing down for the next New Moon on December 5.

A Shameless Plug

If you didn’t catch it the first time around, for Halloween I did a special series on Past Life and Karmic Astrology. The links are here:
The Sun
The Moon’s Nodes
Retrograde Planets

And Finally...

For November's Void of Course Moon times and sign changes see: http://www.mandilockley.com/moonpages.html

I hope you have a great November.

With love,

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