New Moon in Scorpio (26th Oct 2011) – renewal and transformation

New Moon in Scorpio! There is an instinctual depth to this phase and this new Moon as we are able to tune into our inner truth. With so many planets in Scorpio (Venus/Mercury/Juno as well as Sun/Moon), as well as Moon sextile Pluto, trine Chiron, the energy of transformation, healing and renewal is opening up to us. We have a potent opportunity to bring integration and healing to issues that may be left over and hidden beneath the surface of our awareness. A chance to truly feel alive as a deeping sense of self understanding is possible.

Pluto, also known as Hades, the ruler of Scorpio wants us to be completely honest, primarily with ourselves. Truth is not always beautiful, harmonious or in line with what we expect. With Pluto, we are able to go deeper, looking into our motivations and maybe understanding ourselves a bit better – discovering our inner truth. When we take the journey into Hades’ world of transformation, renewal and re-birth, we need to be completely naked, metaphorically, releasing all pretence, self-deceptions, harmful situations or people, false hopes – releasing all the things we may carry that may not be the best for our soul’s evolution. During Pluto transits, situations and people may be released from our lives, either through our own will or from outside influences. These people or situations may be harmful to us, no longer in tune with our path, we may have completed our karmic lessons in this lifetime with them. We may find a need to release a vision or dream that, at this time, is not able to manifest. With Pluto releases, the release can help us to truly confront ourselves, completely naked and in a sense, feeling the truth of the soul. From here, re-birth gradually develops as a new chapter now has the space to enter our lives.

Venus/Mercury are also in a challenging square to Mars, bringing focus on finding common ground between the masculine drive for invidual expression and the feminine sensual needs. Venus and Mercury in Scorpio, or in aspect with Pluto, can lead to a fear of loss as well as a need to journey to the utter truth of a matter, past and beyond anything superficial. With all the Scorpio energy, this aspect can lead to intense feelings, iniative to take action, passion or arguments depending on how we express the energies, as we seek to resolve differences and be in tune with the truth of our heart and soul.

Pluto, or Hades, the energy of transformation/re-birth is sometimes feared, a bit like death, the ultimate transformation, is feared. I find it interesting, in scientific terms viewing the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet, could this metaphorically represent our unconscious fear of death and change? The energy of Pluto does however bring with it release, transformation, and re-birth and enables us to be completely honest and true to ourselves. The process is so symbolic of a caterpillar emerging from a crysalis into a beautiful butterfly. The process of release gives us the chance to choose how to release as well, either painfully or with love, it is up to us how we choose to go through the process. Coming through a Plutonian transit, or lunar phaes, enables us to ultimatly get in touch and feel our hearts and souls – one of the most empowering things we can do for ourselves.


Grand cross ~ Vesta, Mars, Jupiter and Moon (29th Sept 2011)

A little grand cross today with Moon in Scorpio, square Mars in Leo, square Vesta in Aquarius, opposite Jupiter in Taurus. Could this be… an example of how we choose to combine our individual talents and goals in service to society. We cannot ignore our own needs for comfort, as the saying goes, the cup has to be full in order to quench another’s thirst, but, using the full cup then to help others in our own unique ways which can bring about much transformation within society and within ourselves, if we are true to our own inner flame.

Mars in Leo – expressing the joy of the inner child (21 Sept 2011)

Mars is now in Leo, the sign that rules the Sun, giving possibilities to creatively express our own inner light and to shine in our own individual ways, to draw out and be proud of what makes each and every one of us unique and special.

There is an interesting yod also formed when Mars quincunxs both Chiron and Pluto from 2/3 degrees Leo this Friday/Saturday. This may help us to root out hidden issues that hold us back from fully expressing and believing in ourselves. We may have forgotten that we are each special – with so much stress in society its easy to loose the specialness and innocence that we were born with. Burdens, worries, thinking of past and worrying about future in these materially uncertain times can cast a shadow over our vitality and weigh us down. There may be deeper seated issues that cause the light to dim and then we get stuck in these patterns, unaware. This yod aspect in the early degrees of Leo may provide a little catalyst to help us re-tune into our inner child.

At the same time, Mars is forming a trine to Uranus in Aries, supporting the need to be unique. The Sun in our charts is where we have the potential to shine, to express the inner child, to play and create… if there is something stiffling us, draining us, withholding us, our vitality will suffer which may express itself in our health and bodies. Mars/Pluto/Chiron can help penetrate to what this may be, and with a bit of help from Uranus gain insight to help us accept and move beyond our blocks.

Mars in Leo – can be a great time to make time to play, take the inner child out for a dance, paint something, draw something, doodle something, make something, laugh, joke, hula hoop, jump up and down, do anything from the heart that brings a smile to the face! ~ the freeness and joy of self expression ~ With Venus in Libra as well as Saturn, we are given the chance to find a balance between the responsibliities that we all need to take on in order to function in society, with creative self expression and giving freedom and acknowledgement to the inner child that needs to smile and have fun.


Mars opposite Pallas (14th Sept 2011)

Pallas Athene and Mars in opposition today, that is, two warriors in opposition one male and one female, with Mars shortly afterwards inconjuncting Neptune before he leaves Cancer. Cancer and Capricorn are the opposing signs and Pallas is stationing direct, making this warrior Goddess especially strong. Pallas is associate with justice, fairness, she is a defender of what is right, she was born in full armour. Mars is a warrior God associated with action, drive, sex, motivation. Mars in a water sign waters down the firey way of expression, leading to the energy coming out in more passive, diluted or indirect ways. Pallas opposite Mars can be about finding a balance between what is fair and right opposed to taking immediate action for action’s sake. Pallas in Capricorn wants us to be a fair authority while Mars in Cancer seeks inner security. There may be some hesitation in taking action due to consideration of what is the right thing to do, or, there may be a rejection of the ‘right thing’ to do in favour of immediate gratification, though with the opposition, we need to find a balance between those two opposing forces to find balance within ourselves and see the balance in the world around us.

Mars, being quite busy in the final degrees of Cancer, then inconjuncts Neptune. With the wisdom from Pallas, some adjustments may need to be made relating to spiritual ideas, dreams and visions, which may seem at odds with what we have found to be right and true for us and those around us. With Neptune retrograde, this may be internal as we re-assess our visions and ideals and how they fit into our current realm of experience.

Mars then moves into Leo in the early (GMT) hours of the 19th Sept – bold expressions and fearless actions!

Venus/Mars yod to Moon/Neptune

Venus now forming a sextile aspect to Mars looks lovely for all matters of relating, however there is a yod now forming from Venus/Mars to Moon, then to Neptune. This seems to be bringing unavoidable awareness to the areas of relating, love and relationships, with other and with ourselves, that we may be deceiving ourselves or others about. There could be a side to ourselves that needs to be faced and transcended in order to get the best out of our relationships with ourselves and with others.

Quincunx are aspects that are ‘out of sight’ and need conscious adjustment, and with two very receptive planets, (well one of them being the Moon) forming quincunxs to this Venus Mars sextile, we may instinctively feel inside what needs adjusting, what needs releasing and changing as the awareness seeps gradually into consciousness. It could be a good time to break out of habitual pattens of relating, if they are doing us or other harm, and try new and heart centered ways. A good time to reconnect and feel at one with ourselves, centered and complete.


Mars square Saturn, mutual reception (24/8/2011)

Mars reaches exact square to Saturn later today, mutual reception into each other’s detriment. This may play out as a feeling of frustration, not feeling plans are progressing, work not getting done, things apparently not going as fast as we may prefer. Mars is already in fall and Saturn is in it’s sign of exhaltation, so the energy of Saturn is the stronger, this time may be beneficial to concentrate on doing what can be done in a steady pace, clearing up the loose ends from this Mercury retrograde period, outstanding work that has been put aside. Try not to work to hard during this time, remembering to nurture yourself with the energy of Mars in Cancer.

Venus, then Mercury cazimi Sun while Mars approaches eclipse degree (15-17/8/2011)

Lots of things happening this August week as firstly Venus is cazimi Sun today from 9am (GMT) until Wednesday midday, 22 to 24 degree Leo, while on Tuesday Mercury joins in until Wedesday 4am. This means the planets will be within 17 arc minutes from a conjunction with the Sun – being in the ‘heart of the king’, enthused and empowered with the energy of the Sun, adding and enhancing the energies of both Venus and Mercury. Venus rules romance, love, relationships, money, values, diplomacy, harmony, she wants to make life as easy and pleasant as possible and for everyone to be happy. Mercury rules communications, journeys, travel. Bold statements and expressions very possible now with the ability to really make a statement. This could range from an amazing declaration of love to bold discussions about money, either one is likely to flow more easily now. There can be bold demonstrations of love, wealth, glamour, feeling generally confident about oneself while the power of communication is greatly enhanced. It may be easier to create something beautiful and bold, to stand out and shine in the area that Venus and Mercury rules in your chart. A wonderful time to make amends with the past also, as Mercury is still retrograde, to ensure a more balanced present which continues to a positive future.

This also occurs as Mars approaches conjunction with the July solar eclipse degree (9 degree Cancer). That solar eclipse was also in square to transiting Saturn, indicating some work to be done in order to achieve results. Transiting Mars was in sextile to Saturn, maybe helping out a bit in that eclipse formation bringing the motivation necessary to do with Saturnian work. However, transiting Lilith was also opposing the Saturn, maybe bringing about a karmic meeting of some form. And finally but no way least, that eclipse was also opposed to transiting Pluto (empowerment, transformation) and trine to Chiron (spiritual warrior, healer, teacher), giving the potential for deep, spiritual healing and integration of unconsious paterns. Quite a busy eclipse that one was, now with Mars coming to trigger it all off at the same time as the Venus/Mercury cazimi in Leo.

This could mean that the areas in the natal chart ruled by Venus and Mercury, as well as their natal placement, could be ‘shining’ and out on show right now, especially where the transiting Venus/Sun/Mercury is aspecting. New projects could be given extra stimuli, enhanced and elevated, also depending on where the eclipse fell in the natal chart, the planets it aspected and the aspects made from the transiting planets. Lots happening this week as certain areas start to open up, the foggyness of the Mercury/Neptune opposition hopefully is also fading, bringing more clarity.

(the pink picture is a mandala of the pattern that Venus makes at each conjunction of the Sun viewed from Earth)

Mars/Uranus/Pluto – beyond the riots and looting

As Mars finishes opposition to Pluto, the violent activity has dimished across the UK, unfortunately with some deaths resulting. Violence is never good, especially when it harms others in my view, we do have a choice in how we react, however, looking deeper here are some quotes from the looters, one wearing a pair of Nike trainers that he had stolen, said: “Right now it looks like there isn’t a future for young people, that’s how I see it.” He added: “We are not doing it for the fun of it, we are doing it for money to survive.” ‘

It looks like the people who have been hit by the various cuts, joblessness are the ones doing the looting, amongst them are what could be considered ‘normal’ or ‘average’ citizens who saw an opportunity to grab things they could not afford either for personal use or to sell.

Some say its the lack of family values in this modern society. Family is the roots, the 4th house, Nadir. Our intsinctual base, deeply held habits, our inheritance from parents and home. The actions of Mars/Pluto/Uranus are very much instinctual and reactive to an inner urge. An anger was stirring in the collective, like a mass hysteria and spread like wild fire across various parts of the country.

We also live in a materialistic society, or at least it has been up to now. Advertising and media use various hypnotic methods to make sure we buy their products, otherwise we will feel a bit less valuable unless we have that lipstick, Manolo shoes, latest model mobile phone and accompanying Ap, the newest super duper plasma hi-tech wall mounting TV. This is the crazyness that leads to a deep dissatisfaction that has been fed to us for years. We have been sold and now think these things are essential. In a recession, there are some people who now cannot afford this and that, but have no idea how to quell the dissatisfaction of not having the necessary resources. The need to ‘buy, buy, buy’ cannot be satisfied, but what replaces it? Various charities are also being cut and closed that helps the poorer members of society, and where do they turn? Sure we do need various technologies such as mobiles and internet to keep in touch, and even to help us learn and grow through the endless source of information out there, but keeping these wants in balance is vitally important to our soul’s well-being. Internet withdrawal symptons have been identified including,

“…feelings of anger, tension and/or depression when the computer is inaccessible;

· The need for better computers, more software, or more hours of use;

· Negative repercussions, including arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation and fatigue”

Can the Uranian realisation be that we are perfect just the way we are? We don’t need all the consumer extras to make us feel truly whole inside and out? They are useful in their place but we have to remember who we really are and where our true home is, within. Can we start to percieve that our world (inner and outer) is absolutely fine just the way it is? And can we find the way to our hearts and start to love and value ourselves in our most natural and real state, without the need for an Ap?


‘the most beautiful music coming from the saxophonist as he becomes one with his music on a hazy summer evening’

August UK riots 2011

The August London riots, said to be similar to the violence of the 1980’s riots in London, was triggered by the fatal and unfortunate shooting by police of a passenger in a cab on 4th August. On 6th August, about 300 people were gathering outside Tottenham police station demonstrating for justice. The demonstration that started peacefully ended in violence. Looking at the July ingress chart for London, a few things leap out that immediately describes the violence that has suddenly erputed. Scorpio rising, that is intense in itself. Mars is just near the descendant, at 0 degrees Gemini also still very near the prominent Algol. Algol is the fixed star with a terrible reputation, representing the severed head of Medusa. Amongst other things, Algol represents mob violence. This could have been, beneath the surface, an expression of the people rising up against the thing they fear and fighting for justice. Also symbolic maybe of the underlying tensions building up in society in general. Mars is also in square with Neptune (could that be representative of the petrol bombs that were used…?) and heading to a square with Chiron, maybe bringing out the collective wounding into the open though the violence in order for long term healing to happen.

Mars square the Neptune maybe be influencing the misinformation reported by BBC news: “Rachel Cerfontyne, commissioner with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which is investigating Mr Duggan’s death, said the 29-year-old had not been “assassinated in an execution style” and that there was “misinformation” about the death on Thursday”. Certainly, with Mercury now retrograde and opposing Neptune, the issue may well have been unclear.

The ingress chart has a cardinal grand cross – Sun opposing Pluto, square to Uranus and square to Saturn, and right now transiting Mars is rossing that same Sun degree, triggering that grand cross. Sudden, explosive changes as the collective anger is expressed. Pluto is also opposite the Sun/Mercury midpoint and Mars is now conjuncting that midpoint – angry voices seeking outlet, use of power, power struggles, expression of ego and a deeply held need for catharsis and change.

Saturn is also conjunct fixed star Vindemiatrix, ‘The Widow Maker’, and when tied up with Saturn, is associated with ‘depressive moods, skepticism a distrustful nature’. When tied up with Mercury as here Mercury is in tight square to Saturn/Vindemiatrix, ‘tied up with Mercury, this star, if otherwise badly place, will lead to nervous irritability’.* Depressed and irritable, possibly weary of the constant news informing us of various limitations due to funding and lack of money, while gas/electric companies and banks keep reporting their massive profits, the anger and frustration bubbling below the surface in society just needed a catalyst to trigger it’s expression – and along comes an ecplise and Mars.

In mundane charts, the Moon represents the people, crowds, women, the public. Venus is peacfeul resolutions. Moon is however square to Venus, the people are not easily going to remain peaceful when demonstrating and expressing their points. Mars also represents the police, and here conjunct Algol is significant of their misfortune.

Mercury and Lilith are also part of the grand cross – Saturn is opposing Lilith, this could show an attempt at repressing wild instinctual feminine energies. But Lilith is a rebel, and along with Uranus there seems to be the power and urge to break free and express what is deep within. Mercury joins them forming t-square to both – the expression of the repression perhaps, channelled by trine through communications (Moon in 3rd house) of the people/Moon. Mercury also represents young people, and it seems the crowd is made up of a large number of young people.

There has since been further violence in another part of London, Enfield, with raids, looting and fires. Transiting Mars is now squaring Uranus and opposing the Pluto in the ingress chart, hopefully the flare ups of anger will not last much longer as the Mars influence fades. This is an unfortunate expression of very angry energies, with one fatality and many injuries. Thankfully also the Saturn/Vindemiatrix is not prominent on an angle, otherwise there may have been more deaths. On the surface, it does look like world war III, but beneath it may be showing the start of long term changes coming about in society. People are frustrated and angry and directing their anger at the front line of authority, the police, in this case.

*Vindemiatrix –

*Algol –

Mars conjunct Algol (13th to 17th June 2011)

Mars is heading towards conjunction to Algol at the moment, as well as the full Moon forming a quincunx aspect to Mars. Algol is at about 26-27 degrees Taurus and has a firey reputation. It comes from the arabic term Al Ghul, meaning the ‘demon star’. Briefly, Algol represents the severed head of Medusa. It is said to be of a malefic …influence, but can also be seen as a very powerful force. With the energy of a powerful full Moon in effect right now, and with Mars conjuncting the Algol, there is potential for extreme arguments or clashes right now. However this can be directed in a useful way when fully conscious and mindful of our goals. Ordinary things may seem to be amplified, the next few days may seem to be more fast paced than normal. There is a great potential right now to direct our course if we focus on our intentions.

Pluto = Mars/Mercury (12/12/2010)

Pluto = Mars/Mercury today, meaning Pluto is exactly inbetween Mars and Mercury, all tightly conjunct in early Capricorn, with the north lunar node there too. Pluto brings an intensity and deep transformative power to the assertive and sometimes warlike energy of Mars, as well as the communicative and restless energy of Mercury. Alth…ough Mercury is also starting its retrograde journey back into Sag for much of December.

So, we could find our conversations have a mixture of elements depending on how we handle the powerful combination of Pluto and Martian energies. Pluto = force, intensity, power, re-birth, healing and transformation. Mars = assertiveness, war, action, arguments. Mars and Pluto also both rule sex. Communications could be transformative and healing, with a need to get to the bottom of things that stemmed from the past perhaps (Mercury going backwards), or to re-visit old dramas with a view to transforming the previous battles into healing experiences. They could also be sexual in nature with Mercury initiating evocative whisperings and conversations. Or, if these energies are mis-handled, we could find ourselves in a mental battle or power struggle with another. One might want to force their will onto another through verbal communications.

It depends on how we handle the intense mental probing that this conjunction can bring. If we prefer to keep things private, under wraps or are not ready to face what lies within, then the energy can feel malefic (which is what Mars and Pluto are considered to be). It helps to go with the flow of whatever comes up and allow it to process naturally and with love and patience.

Saturn/Mars opposite Uranus/Jupiter/Moon square Pluto!

There is t-square now forming in the skies, which consists of Saturn in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries, both forming a square to Pluto in Capricorn.   These planets are slow moving, generational in effect and long lasting.  Their combined energy is ‘waiting in the wings’, so to speak, just waiting to be triggered by an inner planet which is associated with action, or the Moon which also acts as a trigger. 

Today, 30th July, we have two such planets willing to do the deed – Mars has joined Saturn at 0 degrees Libra, with the Moon joining Uranus at 0 degrees Aries.  Jupiter is close by at 3 degrees Aries.  These two planets, Mars and Moon are acting as triggers which can result in events associated with the energies of Uranus/Saturn/Jupiter/Pluto – this can be anything from expansive enlightnement to sudden break-ups and violence.  Moon opposing Mars is a volatile energy in itself – and with Moon in Aries, the emotional air will be assertive, and/or aggressive.  Mars in Libra can represent an assertive urge to create balance.  But at what cost?   There is definately the urge to get things done.  We may have a feeling of emotionally being opposed to someone else’s dominating attitude.  There could be alot of change happening around us these few days, could be quite fast moving, sudden and unexpected.  With Uranus involved, whatever you think will occur, something completely different usually arrives.  

Mars joining the opposition adds to the mix the will to get things going, with Mars being the ruler of action, will, aggression, war.  Saturn in Libra is adding structure, and lessons in life, to the sign of balance, relationships and harmony.  It’s a real interesting energy in the air, feels like something new is in the process of happening. Maybe the feeling of breaking out of the old mold and heading towards the new. Mars maybe giving the drive to put all that latent energy into action at this point in time, along with Moon driving the emotions. Uranus in Aries wants to shake things up, change and get things moving, quite suddenly, in a new and different direction which generally enlightens us out of our usual expectations. A strong Libran Saturn standing there amongst all those rebels, but Saturn is happy in Libra, so maybe he adds form and structure to those guys, stabilising an otherwise very erratic energy.

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