Saturn turns retrograde (8 Feb – 25 June)
Saturn turns retrograde at the last degree of Libra. Like a Judge summing up at the end of a long and complicated trial, under this aspect we can look back to October 30, 2009 to see the full cause and effect of our actions. (more…)
2 degrees Sagittarius – Partial Solar Eclsipse (2 weeks)
It’s eclipse season again with the signs of Sagittarius and Gemini in the spotlight. A chess game is playing out across the skies. Strategy requires forethought and a view of the big plan. 2011 has been a year of astounding politics and Sagittarius has an affinity with global governance, democracy and fairness.
As eclipses bring sudden change, watch the news at this time for secrets revealed and uturns in policy. On a personal level, it’s time to judge for yourself whether you seeing things clearly and what you are basing your beliefs upon. Challenge everything.
Astrology by Zoe Hind - www.astrozo.com
Towards the Winter Solstice
The Sun passes from the Zodiac sign of Scorpio into Sagittarius on Tuesday 22November and this marks the official beginning of Winter.
On the approach to the Winter Solstice we can begin to see the faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. But before we celebrate the rebirth of the Sun, the darkest days of the year still require some serious introspection. (more…)
Due to a very long retrograde period that begins in January 2012, Mars is about to spend 8 months in the sign of Virgo. Much can be achieved during this phase as Virgo is linked with the planting and harvesting cycle and knows that each season has its place and time in the grand scheme of things.
Virgo has often been associated with Auset (Isis) and the Virgin Mary. The gestation element to this sign cannot overlooked or rushed and will bring ripe fruits all in good time. What are we birthing?
18 degrees Taurus
One day before 11.11.11, this Full Moon shines the the celestial spotlight on humanity’s potential to build a better world. With a grand trine rising out of this chart like a sacred pyramid, and much energy focussed in the earth signs, our planetary grid may be the deserving receiver of new healing energy at this time.
On a more personal level, reflection on what you are building your life upon and aiming towards will bring clarity. Given the changing nature of conscious living, these goals require frequent upgrades.
Like a lioness protecting her cubs, the energy of Sekhmet is apparent in this alignment. Challenges may arise to make us question to whom we are giving our allegiance and power. Sagittarius is known for strength and fair rule, and in these times of shifting political goalposts, a more natural common sense is re-emerging. Practise self mastery before lashing out at others.
This begins a long period of truth seeking. With next month’s retrograde, Mercury will be spending over 2 months in the sign of the Sage. The purging and purifying fire of Sagittarius takes no prisoners.
This will be a deeply healing time for anyone who can be honest with themselves and realize that their thoughts create their reality. Burning out any toxic beliefs and attitudes during this phase will clear the way for a more integral way of living to emerge.
3 degrees Scorpio (keep for 2 weeks)
The 28th October is said to be the end of a grand cycle of the Mayan (Olmec) calendar by one school of calculation. (The other camp says 21 December 2012). This New Moon hosts 4 planets in Scorpio – Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus.
Falling just before Samhain, the energy of this New moon is profoundly mystical.
The Sun passes from the Zodiac sign of Libra into Scorpio on Sunday 23rd October and this marks the beginning of a magical transition. Samhain (pronounced Sow-een), is the original celebration that some now call Halloween. Aligned to the setting of the Pleiades constellation, it is said that the veils between the worlds are thin and spirit communication channels open at this time. Honour was also given to the ancestors and those that had passed during the last year.
As we enter into the darkest months of the year, we also retreat into our inner dark spaces to explore the hidden realms. Introspection and meditative or shamanic journeying take us deep into unchartered territory, with Pluto – ruling planet of Scorpio – guiding the way through the Underworld of myth and legend.
Mars rules Aries and Scorpio. It is a dynamic force often depicted as masculine although women have all these qualities to. It is the divine masculine principle in ourselves and partners with Venus, the divine feminine aspect.
As with all the planets, there is a constructive and destructive side to the energies of Mars. On the plus side, we have the dynamism, passion and drive necessary to activate projects and relationships. On the flip side we can experience Mars through misplaced egotism, frustration, impetuousness and anger. (more…)